Dean Spokeswoman: WSJ Fabricated Quote
Atrios has the response of Laura Gross , spokeswoman for Dean for America, to the Wall Street Journal article (free link) based on inaccurate information provided by former Dean staffer Zephyr Teachout claiming Markos of Daily Kos and Jerome of MyDD were paid to blog nice things about Dean (background here).
I got a call Thursday from the Jeanne Cummings, The Wall Street Journal reporter who covered the Dean campaign.....Next thing I know there appears in the WSJ an article so sloppy and so inaccurate that I spent the morning trying to track Jeanne down to find out what happened....
Jeanne's colleagues committed a journalistic no-no: they took her background conversation with me and made up a quote from "a Dean spokeswoman". Their fake quote had this spokeswoman apparently admitting that the bloggers were paid for promoting the campaign. They completely mischaracterized our conversation -- and Jeanne was rightly upset about it. I was, and am, too.
The WSJ should get to the bottom of this.
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