Daily Caller RNC Hit Piece Is Factually Incorrect
Someone should take Tucker Carlson's bow tie and shove it down his throat, provided they can get the silver spoon out of his mouth long enough. The Daily Caller is his rag, after all.
Is this his idea of journalism? Picking up every piece of dirt because some back-stabbing Republicans refuse to play team ball, willing to do what they can to hurt their own side because they think they're entitled to carve up the pie the way they want to? And why let facts get in the way, it fits the narrative, right?
Once on the ground, FEC filings suggest, Steele travels in style. A February RNC trip to California, for example, included a $9,099 stop at the Beverly Hills Hotel, $6,596 dropped at the nearby Four Seasons, and $1,620.71 spent [update: the amount is actually $1,946.25] at Voyeur West Hollywood, a bondage-themed nightclub featuring topless women dancers imitating lesbian sex.
It seemed clear to me from the start there was no proof at all one particular expenditure was Steele's, but why waste good link bait for the Left. This from an RNC spokesperson I contacted.
"We are investigating the expenditure in question. The story willfully and erroneously suggests that the expenditure in question was one belonging to the Chairman. This was a reimbursement made to a non-committee staffer. The Chairman was never at the location in question, he had no knowledge of the expenditure, nor does he find the use of committee funds at such a location at all acceptable. Good reporting would make that distinction crystal clear. The committee has requested that the monies be returned to the committee and that the story be corrected so that it is accurate."
It also sounds as if off the record conversations suddenly became on the record due to amateurish ethics and editorial judgment, and the item includes multiple falsehoods that I imagine will be addressed, assuming actual journalists get involved. You're pretty bad when it'll probably fall to Politico, or bloggers, to correct your many errors, Tucker. Welcome to the blogosphere, jerk. Don't waste too much money before what many bloggers are coming to view as a mostly worthless site crashes and burns.
The piece repeated talks about "Steele's expenses," when quite often they are finance/fundraising expenses and not just for the expenditure in question.
According to sources, all this and more was made extremely clear to Strong, the author. Maybe the dog ate his notes on the way to posting. I hear amateurs do run into problems like that. But then, what should one expect when someone even MSNBC had to cancel tries to do a news website. Geesh!
What a pathetically weak story tailored to play to the Left and create problems for the GOP.