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Another Journalist Sock Puppet?

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 10:05 pm

Read this and this and tell me if you think we have another sock-puppet journalist.

(H/t to Allah for the first link.)

7 Responses to “Another Journalist Sock Puppet?”

  1. Is this the same sock puppet who has had ethical issues in the past?

    Eddie Barrera (93f037)

  2. Personally, I liked the partial apology on the truthout site:

    The time has now come, however, to issue a partial apology to our readership for this story. While we paid very careful attention to the sourcing on this story, we erred in getting too far out in front of the news-cycle. In moving as quickly as we did, we caused more confusion than clarity. And that was a disservice to our readership and we regret it.

    They “g(ot) too far out in front of the news-cycle?” 🙂 Yeah, I guess in typical liberal thought, if Mr. Rove is indicted for something, anything, by anyone next September, it will be verification of the truthout story.

    Dana (dd8e7e)

  3. Well.

    I’d just as soon we avoid classifying Leopold as a “journalist” since the bar for admittance to that fraternity is already too damn low.

    Dwilkers (a1687a)

  4. Unfortunately or fortunately, there’s no professional entrance test to be a journalist. So we’ll just have to accept Leopold as a journo — albeit a discredited politicized hack on his way to the Weekly World News. Sock puppetry is the least of Leopold’s offenses; in comparison, Michael Hiltzik is a model of rectitude.

    Bradley J. Fikes (e619fc)

  5. […] More sock-puppet theater from the blogosphere’s resident authority on the subject. Follow Patterico’s links, and credit the Kossacks for being willing to out one of their own. The citations aren’t exhaustive, either: here’s a thread from the Washington Monthly back in February in which “harry shep” makes a cameo. […]

    Hot Air » Blog Archive » Kukla, Fran, and Jason (d4224a)

  6. Jason Leopold might not be the only “journalist” involved in this Fitzmas Hoax story that has used a sock puppet. Take a look at this Blog edition below and see if you can figure out who the “Temporary Sockpuppet” is on the Democrat Underground who is making a shocking confession (hint: the identity is not hard to figure out).

    PJ-Comix (fb68c6)

  7. […] I don’t know Seixon, but I have an impression of him as a solid and honest guy. By contrast, Leopold has faced accusations of sock-puppetry, and Joe Lauria has described Leopold as a troubled young reporter with a history of drug addiction whose aggressive disregard for the rules ended up embroiling me in a bizarre escapade and raised serious questions about journalistic ethics. […]

    Patterico’s Pontifications » Larry Johnson Returns (UPDATED: Seixon Receives Death Threat) (421107)

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