When I arrived at Penn State to cover Ron Paul's speech, I snagged a copy of the Daily Collegian and noticed this story:
Before joining the campaign trail with her mother in January, Chelsea Clinton said she had no idea how much sexism still existed in the nation.
"Two guys in New Hampshire stood up and shouted 'Iron my shirt,' " Chelsea Clinton said. "They were serious. I was shocked that they were serious. But I was even more shocked to see that no one seemed the think that it was a news story. It wasn't something you saw a news clip of."
Either Chelsea heard about this in a game of Clinton family telephone, and the facts got mangled, or she's just fibbing.
"They were serious."
No, they were local shock jocks doing a stunt for their show. This was revealed within about 4 hours.
"No one seemed the think that it was a news story."
It was a huge news story. Most of my news at the time was coming from chatter at campaign stops and listening to the radio, and I knew about this instantly. This isn't a perfect measure, but google "iron my shirt" and Clinton's name and you'll see 39,000 items, most of them contemporary news accounts.
"It wasn't something you saw a news clip of."
But it was! I saw a news clip of it, for example, the night it happened.
Chelsea's a thuddingly dull speaker, cruelly parachuted in to states where Obama is going to win anyway (Wisconsin, Vermont), so I've scoffed at the speculation that she'd ever enter politics. If she keeps playing the victim card and fudging the truth like this, though…