Reference was pure fabrication
Dear Editor:This letter (by Steve Campbell, Monday, Dec. 26) would be absolutely damning, if true. I was so alarmed I tried to get an independent confirmation. All I got is referrals back to “Bush on the Constitution: ‘It’s just a goddamned piece of paper'” By Doug Thompson, Dec. 9, 2005.So I looked at some of Mr. Thompson’s other articles (at http://www.capitolhillblue.com) such as:”Bush’s obsession with being a ‘wartime president,'” “Politics, shame and the truth,” “The White House’s bitter debate over admitting a mistake,” “A Presidential sleight of hand,” “For Annie Coulter, stupider is as stupider does,” “Americans no longer buy Bush’s lies” and “A failed attempt to sell a failed policy on a failed war.”Every one of them had a very heavy left-wing slant. I reread his article to try to see if he actually was present when these slanderous and libelous statements were supposedly made and found in his opening sentence, “Last month, Republican congressional leaders filed into the Oval Office to meet with President George W. Bush and talk about renewing the controversial USA Patriot Act.” I highly doubt Mr. Thompson is a Republican congressional leader, so at best his information is secondhand, and at worst it is pure fabrication. I highly suspect the latter.I think that The Aspen Times, before publishing damning and libelous articles such as this one, should at least try to validate the source.Mike MasonCedaredge
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