I expect it from TPM, which is peddling an overblown tape of Christine O’Donnell questioning — in 1996 — whether there had been a fair investigation of Vince Foster’s 1993 death.  TPM tries to make a big deal out of this, but as even Matthew Yglesias points out, many mainstream publications were questioning the circumstances of Foster’s death in the mid-1990s.

But Doug Mataconis at Outside The Beltway does TPM one better by suggesting — based on a Wikipedia entry on the Foster death — that the issue of Foster’s death had been “thoroughly investigated and unanimously ruled to be suicide by official sources” and that “unless Delaware turns out to be a previously unknown having of conspiracy theory addicts, I doubt [O’Donnell’s tape] will go over well.”

Well sure, but the link to the investigation in Mataconis’ post recites that the official Starr report on the investigation was released in 1997, after the tape of O’Donnell.

Whether one accepts that Foster committed suicide or not, to use a 1997 investigation report on the Foster death to prove that O’Donnell was a conspiracy theorist in 1996 is really shoddy.

Update: Robert Stacy McCain has a good post on how the tape does not even prove what TPM (and Mataconis) claim, and pointing out some real “O’Donnell” conspiracy theories.
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