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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Owes Santorum an Apology June 12, 2006

Posted by papundit in Uncategorized.
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The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette viciously attacked Senator Santorum in a May 26th article— claiming that mail sent to Santorum was returned. This was supposedly proof that Santorum didn't live in PA. They also had the testimonial of a pair of Democratic operatives who were trespassing on Santorum's property. Rather than condemn the despicable tactic of trespassing and peering into windows of a private home, Casey posted the article on his campaign website.

Today the Philadelphia Inquirer exposed the truth (my bold and my comments inline):

Prank postcard finds Santorum at home

This was one piece of mail the sender hoped wouldn't get delivered.

After the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette editorial board wrote last month that a letter it sent to U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum's Penn Hills home was returned as "Not Deliverable as Addressed – Unable to Forward," the group Democracy for Pittsburgh launched a similar test.

Within days, a postcard of scenic Pittsburgh with a snarky dispatch – "Hope you are having a great time in Virginia!" – was on its way to Santorum's home in the Pittsburgh suburbs.

Democracy for Pittsburgh, a longstanding critic of Santorum for spending much of his time at his Virginia home, wanted "to see if we could get the same results" as the Post-Gazette, said Maria Lupinacci, a group spokeswoman.

This time, however, the U.S. Postal Service delivered.

The Santorums picked up the postcard while staying at the house during the week after Memorial Day.

"Childish prank," said Virginia Davis, Santorum's spokeswoman. "The Santorums live in that house. It is their home. They receive mail there all the time."

So is the issue now moot because the postcard arrived?

"It doesn't really prove anything as far I am concerned," Lupinacci said. [Papundit: Why should the truth change anything? There's an election to win, and Santorum critics can't be concerned about actual facts. The ends justify the means to these people. Trespassing on private property, publishing an article full of lies…all acceptable to them if they win in November.]

Now that the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's article has been exposed as untrue, voters should call on Casey to post a correction to the article on his website or to take down the original link. It is wrong for him to use a confirmed lie as a campaign issue. Readers should also call on the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette to print a correction and to issue an apology to Santorum's family.

Contact Information for Casey Campaign:

Philadelphia (215) 567-4190

Pittsburgh (412) 444-0171EMAIL: comments@bobcasey.com

Contact Information for Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

Main Switchboard (412) 263-1100

Online Form to Submit a Letter to the Editor

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