This is exactly the kind of politics that the American people want stopped. I realize it may happen on both sides, although I can't remember the last time an entirely false story was fabricated by the Democrats. Can you?
As long as the press lets politicians get away with this, politicians will continue to do it. Putnam will pay no price for this crap. He will actually be rewarded because pushing the story, no matter how false it was, worked. Unfortunately it wasted a lot of time in the media and our government servants have better things to do, like govern.