Fabrication: Newsweek Makes Up Ground Zero Election Day Tea Party Rally
For the last several weeks there has been a debate raging over whether the grounds surrounding where the 9/11 attacks in
But whether that’s the case or not, Newsweek’s David A. Graham would have you believe there will be a so-called “Election Day Tea Party rally” held at Ground Zero, led by former United Nations Ambassador John Bolton, as an effort to shore up support for a 2012 presidential bid.
“And now, TPM's Jillian Rayfield reports, he's preparing for an Election Day Tea Party rally at Ground Zero,” Graham wrote in a Newsweek Sept. 22 post. “As she says, that could be the machinations of a man interested in mounting a White House run.”
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But the link cited by Graham, a Talking Points Memo report from Jillian Rayfield says nothing about a Ground Zero Election Day Tea Party rally organized by
Rayfield’s story elaborates on
This fabrication was been picked up by Fox News Radio host Alan Colmes, which he put on his blog Liberaland on Sept. 23. Nonetheless, it has drawn the ire of Leahy who had harsh words for Newsweek and its reporting that a Tea Party rally would be held at Ground Zero.
"Newsweek was either incompetent or intentionally misreported this story,” Leahy said to the Business & Media Institute. “Little wonder they just sold for $1. Probably overvalued."