"The story rocketed around New York City when streets went uncleared after the Dec. 26 blizzard: Sanitation workers, angry about job reductions, had deliberately staged a work slowdown.
And it occurred because one man, Councilman Daniel J. Halloran, Republican of Queens, said five city workers had come to his office during the storm and told him they had been explicitly ordered to take part in a slowdown to embarrass Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg.
"...investigators had hoped that extensive publicity would bring out others with knowledge of the purported plot. That has not happened...More recently, the councilman has said the workers were not explicitly told to take part in a slowdown, but were subtly informed there was no need to rush while clearing the snow."
"Subtly informed." Perhaps by mental telepathy, or secret Masonic hand gestures.
Who is Halloran?
"He campaigned as a conservative Republican with the support of Tea Party organizers, advocating personal responsibility and limited government."
Apparently personal responsibility does not extend to the issue of spreading smears and lies about Democrats and their supporters. This guy is a good Republican and a good Teabagger, and he is performing exactly as he is expected to perform; and the right wing media machine has taken his lie and run with it. We will never see a correction or an apology from any one of them, needless to say.