It’s almost enough to make you suspect something.
First, the background. Reader JFTRANE passes along word that Howard Kurtz’s Media Notes column today had this passage:
For all the media focus on Joe the Plumber owing back taxes, L.A. blogger Patterico observes: “I almost forgot to mention: Martin Nesbitt, the treasurer of Obama’s campaign, has tax liens. So do his companies.
“You’d think that matters more than the tax liens of Joe the Plumber, wouldn’t you? But good luck finding a Big Media story about Nesbitt’s liens.”
Thanks for the props, Howie.
Weirdest thing, though. That L.A. Times story with the passage about Joe the Plumber’s liens?
You guessed it: down the memory hole.
According to court records, creditors have secured at least two liens against [Joe the Plumber] Wurzelbacher, whose legal name is Samuel. Ohio has a $1,182 lien for owed taxes and St. Charles Mercy Hospital has filed a 2007 lien for $1,261.
Check for yourself. Click on the link and read (or search) for the word “liens.”
Down the memory hole. Just like everything else that makes Obama and his supporters look bad.
UPDATE: A reader passes along this link (which was actually included in the comment thread to my original post) to another Joe the Plumber story which mentions the lien:
Fame comes with a price. In Wurzelbacher’s case, it’s about $1,182, the amount of the lien the state of Ohio has placed on his property for personal income taxes he owes.
It’s still the case that, if you click the link for the story I originally linked, the story and the passage I cited are gone. There is a completely different story there.
But it’s true that another story does still mention the lien. So I guess the Memory Hole accusation, for once, is arguably rebutted.
Honestly, though: is it too much to ask that, once a story is published at a particular URL, you guys just leave it there? Why must you constantly put completely new stories at the same URL? You’re just asking for people to be suspicious . . .