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Posted at 10:45 AM ET, 07/18/2012

Connie Schultz hopes for ‘teaching moment’ on conservative blogger’s failed gotcha


Connie Schultz and husband Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio). (Courtesy of Connie Schultz - Connie Schultz)
Connie Schultz isn’t naming names. The nationally syndicated columnist wrote a post on her Facebook page Tuesday about a “conservative blogger” who e-mailed her to say he or she was working on an “exposé” about journalists getting cozy with elected officials.

The blogger had seen many photos of Schultz with Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio). Gotcha!

But wait, not so fast...

Shultz e-responded to the conservative muck-raker, admitting that she had, in fact, been caught in a compromising position with Brown. In fact, she had a lurid-sounding confession: “I am surprised you did not find a photo of me kissing U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown so hard he passes out from lack of oxygen. He’s really cute.”

Cue conservative-blogger drooling on keyboard. This exposé just got its lead sentence.

But then Shultz continued with some deflating details. “He’s also my husband. You know that, right?”

Shultz tells the Loop that she’s not identifying the blogger, in the hope of turning the incident--which has prompted plenty of online discussion--into a teaching moment. She surmises that the blogger is an intern for a conservative outlet, and she figured that rather than simply shaming the young pup, she might impart some journalistic and political wisdom. An intern, after all might be “salvageable,” in a way the editors might not be, she says.

“I wanted to teach the bigger lessons here,” Schultz says. “First, do your research before you call. Second, some of us liberals are not out to make you look bad.”

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