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Jim Hoft Overplays An Old McCain Story

Giddy with dirt on a man that he hates, Jim Hoft, publisher of Gateway Pundit, gleefully exclaimed

“Wikileaks Document Shows John McCain Requested Donations from Russians” followed with an all-caps WOW.

Hoft acted like Wikileaks had uncovered a major news story, with one commenter saying

“Once again it’s the warriors in the “alternative media” who as citizen journalists find the truth that America needs to see.”

Except it’s not.  The story got plenty of airtime when it happened.  In 2008.  How do I know?  Because I wrote about it back when it happened. How else do I know?  Because the story I cited from Reuters is still available.  You can even read it right here.  The pertinent bits of info:

Moscow’s mission to the United Nations issued a terse statement on the Republican presidential candidate’s letter, saying that the Russian government and its officials “do not finance political activity in foreign countries.”

A spokesman for McCain, a long-time critic of Russia, had a simple explanation for the fundraising letter’s arrival at the Russian mission in New York: “It was an error in the mailing list.”

The letter was addressed to Churkin and sported a McCain signature near the bottom.

It’s worthy of note that Churkin did die recently, so I guess if you wanted to put your tinfoil hat on and say McCain coordinated an assassination to cover up a 9 year old story, that’s your prerogative, but I’m just gonna go with “it’s still a non-story and Jim Hoft is an ass.”

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