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July 21, 2004
Moving The Goalposts

This morning, I received an e-mail from a fairly new blogger (archives only going back a few weeks) who claims to be offering $200 for any proof that Joe Wilson lied. I won't link to him, nor will I excerpt anything from his site, but his top post expressed frustration that he had been sent nothing but unsupported assertions from other bloggers about Wilson, and that his $200 appeared safe.

Scrolling down, I read his 'rules' for the contest, which insisted that anyone applying for the cash had to supply URLs from testimony under oath showing Wilson committed perjury.

Nothing like moving the ol' goalposts, eh?

Here's my reply:

This is the weakest blog promotion I've seen yet. You want definitive proof of perjury. Great. I expect that you, then, fully supported Bill Clinton's impeachment and removal from office, since you seem to consider perjury the gold standard of disqualification.

Wilson lied. Lies do not have to be perjury to be lies. Great example of goalpost-moving, though. Don't need your $200 or your little contest, either.

Note to new bloggers: if you want to engage people in an honest debate, don't offer cash, and don't insult our intelligence. If you don't already know that lies don't necessarily require perjury to be lies, then you should take up another hobby. I suggest working (openly) for the Kerry campaign.

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at July 21, 2004 6:07 AM

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