According to Lefty Bloggers, “Obscure Right-Wing Blogger Patterico” Got an Advance Copy of “The Path to 9/11”
Think Progress states:
ABC has been aggressively advancing its inaccurate and politically slanted miniseries, “The Path to 9/11,” to the right wing. Big players like Rush Limbaugh have been provided copies, as have obscure right-wing bloggers like Patterico.
I’ll cop to being obscure, right-wing, and a blogger. But if I’ve been given a copy of “The Path to 9/11,” it’s news to me. I have my TiVo set like everyone else — and I’m wondering what will be deleted from the version I’m allowed to watch.
But the left-wing bloggers are insisting that I’ve seen the film. Sheldon Rampton at FireDogLake writes:
Even relatively obscure right-wing blogs such as Patterico’s Pontifications, written by Los Angeles County attorney Justin Levine, have been favored with advance screenings. Levine reciprocated by declaring that the film is “free of political spin, politically correct whitewashing and partisan wrangling” and “one of the best made-for-televison movies seen in decades. … The Clinton administration will likely go ballistic over this film.” In its politically-spin-free way, Patterico pontificates, the film also “lays out viscerally powerful arguments in favor of the Patriot Act and airport profiling.”
I appreciate your using the word “relatively,” Sheldon. Very kind of you — not like that Think Progress bastard who just called me flat-out obscure!
But aside from that, there are a few problems:
1. I am Patterico, but I am not Justin Levine.
2. I have not been favored with an advance screening.
3. Despite the implication that the filmmakers are seeking the approval of right-wing bloggers — wayyyy down to the obscure ones like me — Justin probably got to see the film because he produces the most popular morning talk radio show in Los Angeles. It’s just a guess, but I bet I’m right. Justin? [UPDATE: Justin confirms this in the comments.]
These are just errors; no big deal. I’ve made similar errors in the past. No matter how many times you tell the guest bloggers to say: “Posted by guest blogger [whoever],” someone always misses it. It’s no big thing.
But I hope these folks will quickly make corrections.
UPDATE: The meme is spreading, baby!