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Well this is refreshing.  According to Bob Harris, Chuck Roberts of CNN Headline News backed down off his allegations that Ned Lamont was the "Al-Quaeda candidate" and apologized.  Today he interviewed Ned:

You know, I owe you an apology.  Last week, I led into an interview with a guest analyst and really botched the set-up.  The guest had wanted to discuss the Dick Cheney and Joe Lieberman statements suggesting that terror groups — Al Qaeda types, to use Cheney’s words — would be buoyed by your win, but I posed it badly, stupidly ad-libbing about "some saying Lamont is the Al-Qaeda candidate."  No one, in fact, used that construction.  Anyway, I wanted to correct the record, and I’m glad we had this chance to do it.  Now, let’s get to the insinuations that were lobbed…

At a certain point, once this stuff is out there the damage is done and no amount of recanting can take it back.  But it’s certainly preferable to the normal excuse making of the "it would be irresponsible not to speculate" variety that usually accompanies such things.

Kudos to Arianna who went after Roberts and stood up to Howie Kurtz who paused from stroking Charles Johnson long enough make sure the accusation got more air time.  Lieberman has quite enough Republican water carriers, thank you very much. 

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