Capitol Hill Blue’s Liberal Fairy Tale

You may or may not have heard of Capitol Hill Blue, a liberal online mag. That would be understandable because they’re not particularly talented, noteworthy, or unique in any way, except for one thing: In my opinion, they like to make up wild stories about the Bush administration from whole cloth and attribute them to anonymous sources.

Now, if these fairy tales were being written by a blog with 12 people reading it, it wouldn’t be worth taking the time to refute them. But, for example, their latest article/imagining about Bush, White House keeps dossiers on more than 10,000 ‘political enemies,’ has been linked by over 63 blogs according to Blogsnow. So apparently, there are a lot of liberals out there buying what the Weekly World News of the blogosphere is selling.

Just look at this tripe and ask yourself how any politcally savvy person could possibly believe it was real:

Spurred by paranoia and aided by the USA Patriot Act, the Bush Administration has compiled dossiers on more than 10,000 Americans it considers political enemies and uses those files to wage war on those who disagree with its policies.

The “enemies list” dates back to Bush’s days as governor of Texas and can be accessed by senior administration officials in an instant for use in campaigns to discredit those who speak out against administration policies or acts of the President.

The computerized files include intimate personal details on members of Congress; high-ranking local, state and federal officials; prominent media figures and ordinary citizens who may, at one time or another, have spoken out against the President or Administration.

Capitol Hill Blue has spoken with a number of current and former administration officials who acknowledge existence of the enemies list only under a guarantee of confidentiality. Those who have seen the list say it is far more extensive than Richard Nixon’s famous “enemies list” of Watergate fame or Bill Clinton’s dossiers on political enemies.

…White House insiders tell disturbing tales of invasion of privacy, abuse of government power and use of expanded authority under the USA Patriot Act to dig into the personal lives of anyone the administration deems an enemy of the state.

Those on the list include former Ambassador Joseph Wilson and his wife, former covert CIA operative Valarie Plame, along with filmmaker and administration critic Michael Moore, Senators like California’s Barbara Boxer, media figures like liberal writer Joe Conason and left-wing bloggers like Markos Moulitsas Zúniga (the Daily Kos) and Ana Marie Cox (Wonkette).

“If you want to know who’s sleeping with whom, who drinks too much or has a fondness for nose candy, this is the place to find it,” says another White House aide. “Karl (Rove) operates under the rule that if you f*ck with us, we’ll f*ck you over.”

So, according to Capitol Hill Blue, not only is there a White House enemies list, the CHB boys know some of the people who are on it. Did I say, “fascinating,” yet? I didn’t! So let me say it again, “fascinating!”

Now, here’s an interesting question: how is it that Capitol Hill Blue, a very liberal online magazine, has such excellent sources at a very high level in the White House? I mean obviously, they’ve got better sources than the New York Times, Washington Post, WSJ, LA Times, etc., etc., because none of those papers were able to get this story.

And, boy, is Capitol Hill Blue claiming that a lot of sources know about this. Let’s see, there’s “a number of current and former administration officials,” a “White House aide,” “another White House aide,” “a former White House aide,” “worried White House insiders,” and a “White House staffer.” None of the names are mentioned, of course, because imaginary sources have no actual names — whoops, did I say that out loud?

But, even if there were such an “enemies list,” even if all these people existed, and even if they were willing to talk about this anonymously, pray tell why would they give this information to a 3rd rate, lefty cyber-rag like Capitol Hill Blue instead of the WAPO or NYT? Maybe they like the tinfoil hats the people at Capitol Hill Blue probably like to wear? Who can say?

Yet, despite the fact that this garbage on Capitol Hill Blue is one step removed from the sort of web pages where they speculate that the earth is actually being run by lizard people, there are a lot of liberal bloggers — although fortunately not all — who completely believe these deranged rantings. How embarrassing for them!

The mainstream media loves nothing better than to claim that blogs are dodgy, inaccurate, and full of misinformation. Well, judging by the reaction to this Capitol Hill Blue story, at least when it comes to the left side of the blogosphere, the MSM is right.

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