A recent example of a smear campaign at the behest of the Left involves digging up the old news of a road trip of the Romney family many years ago, when their pet dog was secured in a dog carrier on the roof of the car, failing to mention that the dog was protected and comfortable. The story ceased abruptly when the Republican campaign response showed that Obama had admitted to eating dog when he lived in Indonesia with his adoptive father.
Now comes the allegation that Mitt Romney, as a teenager, had bullied a schoolmate by holding him down and cutting his long hair. As an added fillip, the schoolmate was purportedly gay, conveniently tying the story to Obama’s gay marriage endorsement the day before. Not convenient to fact-checking the story, the alleged victim has been deceased for eight years and is thus unavailable for comment.
The story started falling apart almost immediately. First, the story quoted a source who quickly denied having made the comment, was not present at the alleged prank, and who was unaware of the story until contacted by the Washington Post.
Second, the family of the ‘victim’ was unaware of the incident as well and released a clear and unambiguous statement, calling the claim “factually inaccurate”, including their anger that his name is even mentioned (which I will not):
"The family of [the person] is releasing a statement saying the portrayal of [him] is factually incorrect and we are aggrieved that he would be used to further a political agenda. There will be no more comments from the family. . . . Even if it did happen, [he] probably wouldn't have said anything." . . . She added she and her sisters will likely put out a statement later via a family attorney. "if he were still alive today, he would be furious [about the story]," she said with tears in her eyes.
The Post updated the story to soften the involvement of the “source”, without acknowledging the update. Stacy McCain included a number of questions about the purpose and writing of the story in an excellent disposition, including comments from a retired DC news editor with more than ten years experience:
Two of the three scenarios I've outlined are discipline cases in any story; on a 5,000-word A1 feature on a presidential nominee, it's firing.
The Post has some explaining to do about this blatant attempt at character assassination, but based on past history, it won’t. Meanwhile, like the dog story above, an admitted incident from Obama is coming to light.