Joe Klein (Time/CNN "Swampland")
I was going to give John McCain a break on his Al Qaeda-Iran gaffe yesterday. After all, it wasn't a Kinsleyian gaffe--the inadvertant blurting of an unacceptable truth--it was just a plain old slip of the tongue, a brain fart. Surely, McCain knows that Iran is Shi'ite and Al Qaeda is Sunni...Klein is too smart to confuse Sunni and Shiite like that. A very smart man.
Apparently "Swampland" is located in the fever swamp of the left.
WASHINGTON (AFP) — Republican presidential candidate John McCain touts his foreign policy expertise at every turn, but he has given Democrats ammunition against his experience by wrongly saying Iran trains Al-Qaeda members.The Telegraph (UK):
Democrats have seized on a slip-up by John McCain, the Republican presidential nominee, in which he appeared to be confused between Sunni and Shi'ite groups in Iraq by suggesting that Iran was backing al-Qa'eda.Hilariously, the Telegraph is one of the papers that reported the news that McCain conveyed. I guess using one's own archives to check the accuracy of a story is no longer standard practice. O-ba-ma. O-ba-ma.
The press is gaining momentum with this error. I wonder if any mainstream media sources will pick up on their mistake?
Eli Lake and the New York Sun are on the case (hat tip to Power Line). My post, though dated March 19, wasn't posted until the 20th because of some minor computer problems.