Jane Mayer, Target

The New York Post has the story:

Who is behind the apparently concerted campaign to smear The New Yorker's Jane Mayer? For several weeks, the Daily Caller, a conservative Web site -- co-founded by Tucker Carlson and Neil Patel, a former aide to former vice president Dick Cheney -- have had a reporter poking around what they thought would be a scandalous story about Mayer. The allegations were serious -- that Mayer borrowed or plagiarized from a liberal blogger and other mainstream publications for an Aug. 30 smackdown in The New Yorker on the conservative billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch. In the end, even the Daily Caller found the allegations to be unfounded, and to its credit, abandoned the story. The story is dead but the person or persons behind the allegations remains a shadowy mystery.

New Yorker Editor-In-Chief David Remnick said, "Everyone agrees there's no story here, and we're baffled by why someone would go through almost 10 years of articles when no one has ever raised ethical questions about Jane's reporting. It seems like someone is trying to stir up trouble where none exists."

Memo to Remnick: Mayer is a dangerous journalist, who has done heroic work in exposing the war crimes of the past president and crew. She also knows more about Clarence Thomas than anyone else has forgotten. She matters because the truth matters. Taking her career down is important for many.