Fear of Clowns

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Wednesday, July 21, 2004

The evolution of Sandy Berger's undergarments 

So by now, everybody knows Sandy Berger stuffed his socks with classified documents, right?

The report on Berger's socks seems to have originated from a "colorful" comment by Rush Limbaugh on his radio show Tuesday morning, "Tom Daschle agrees with people stuffing classified information into their pants and socks and walking off with it."

Shortly afterward, CNN's Bob Franken picked up on it, reporting "Two law enforcement officials have told CNN chief Justice Department correspondent Kelli Arena that Berger was spotted stuffing some of the documents into his socks."

Later NewsMax embellishes the story by adding a third witness to the CNN report: "Reports CNN's Bob Franken: "Three law enforcement sources talking to CNN's Justice Department correspondent Kelli Arena they saw him, or that he had been seen, putting documents in his socks."

At some point FOX picked up on the socks thing, adding the twist that it was Berger himself who announced he stuffed his socks: "Berger and his lawyer said Monday night he knowingly removed the handwritten notes by placing them in his jacket, pants and socks, and also inadvertently took copies of actual classified documents in a leather portfolio."

By now, Limbaugh's colorful primal goo has evolved into Berger stating he stuffed documents into his underwear: "Mr. Berger (by his own admission) took several highly classified documents and shoved them in his jacket, his socks, and--yes--his underpants."

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