Since we’re evidently trafficking in hearsay today

“If not for the recent online buzz about whether or not President Bush has resumed drinking, most of us never would have heard the allegations,” Scott McLemee observes, in an article about trash tabloids as folklore. “The story was, after all, broken by The National Enquirer — a paper not taken in this household, you may be sure. We are loyal to the Weekly World News instead.”

Now, hang on for a minute, because this’ll seem unrelated at first, but according to CNN, FEMA’s recently-ousted Michael Brown “is being paid as a consultant to help FEMA assess what went wrong in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.” This would be the same dude the Bush administration canned when a firestorm of public criticism rained down due to the outrageously bungled Katrina relief.

In a post entitled “Things That Make No Sense, Except When They Do,” Atrios lays the CNN bombshell alongside some secondhand Brownie allegations from another blogger (who, I should note, admits in the same post to “run[ning her] mouth sometimes” before all the facts are in):

according to sources within the Enquirer itself, the source for Bush’s drinking story is — an incredibly pissed-off, recently scapegoated head of a federal agency who thinks that BushCo. done him wrong.


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