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October 24, 2007

K-Lo Not Getting It

K-Lo is apparently getting a lot of angry emails. I sent her one myself, though not angry. Here's what she says:

I'm a Gutless Wonder [Kathryn Jean Lopez]

If my e-mails are any indication, in response to my 5:05 post. Look, I just read the documents through and told you what I thought that's what we tend to do here; we're actually not the right-wing hacks taking orders from the White House or whoever the other puppetmasters we're accused of having are. We'll have more on this story, as will others. All my 5:05 post is saying? I think the docs scream (once again), "something fishy." I don't think they provide nailing-the-coffin-shut-on-the-story proof of "confession." That's it. And so the story goes on.

K-Lo, what is bothersome is that you apparently have a direct line to dead-ender Jonathan Chait and cannot think of any probing questions to ask him. You have a source close to the story -- and the story here is now TNR's obfuscation and deception -- and rather than ask him questions, you simply report his spin.

Fine. Report his spin. He is entitled to get his story out (but apparently TNR needs to hold an all-day meeting to decide what it's official story will be in its own pages -- so apparently Chait wants their spin out there in NRO before it's been fully developed for TNR itself).

But it is frustrating that you have something that thousands of other people would like -- Jonathan Chait actually emailing you -- and you are not, it seems, using that to advance the story at all.

If you don't want to ask him questions, why don't you suggest he contact someone willing to ask him questions if he wants his spin reported in NRO? Quid pro quo -- you can get your side of the story out, but expect to answer some questions in return.


You Know... When I was on a plane to DC Chris Wallace was on board, shortly after Clinton had blown up with him.

I didn't want to be a noodge, but I knew it was my duty to be one. I didn't even give a shit about the story, honestly, but I knew I had to be a dick and try to get a short interview with him.

After initially saying he'd grant me a ten minute interview, he backed out, saying he was tired, and gave me the "call my people later" schpiel. I didn't bother, he was blowing me off. But I did do my duty to be an annoying jackass about it, even if it didn't pay off.

Anyway: Does K-Lo feel no obligation to be a noodge with Jonathan "I Hate Bush" Chait? Is she asking him any questions? Maybe she's buttering him up for some questions but I don't get that sense.

She's sitting there trading emails with someone in the center of this controversy and she's not asking him a damn thing from what I can see.

Is everybody over there in the tank for their colleagues at NRO? Isn't there anyone to say, "K-Lo, let me ask him a few questions"?

Is there no one at that online news magazine interested in, you know, news?



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