Is The Media Playing Rope-A-Dope?

Andrew Sullivan argues that
Bush’s flip-flop on global warming was just a trick
by environmentalist groups using their connections with The New York Times to discredit him. The story gets picked up as being a major flip-flop, and Drudge and Rush Limbaugh take the bait and run with it.

Well, I admit that it’s a possibility, a media conspiracy to discredit Bush is not a likelyhood but almost assured, I have a feeling that this particular screwup had more to do with some lower-echelon people in the EPA and the White House than it does with the Oval Office. Granted, it could be a left-wing smear campaign, but why attribute something to designed malice when it could just as easily be undesigned stupidity?