Just read your post. This is on the record. This is cleared by HQ. It is a fact that Barack Obama was palling around with terrorists. It was a fact before Governor Palin said it in a fully vetted speech and it is fact today. It is bullshit to claim or write anything else.
Does this mean that it's okay now for Atrios and Markos to use profanity? Are we no longer offended by this kind of language?
Update: Worth noting that Ambinder is apparently another of those journalists whose default mode of communication with sources is "off the record."