The offending alleged 'smear' by Will Hutton to the Daily Telegraph's George Pilcher is thus:
"I would also argue with you calling a journalist "excellent" who was implicated in the Damian McBride story."
Even with the aid of linking to every story he has ever written on the subject in an effort to up his 'click' rate, Macintyre still doesn't manage to explain whether he considers the smear to be that he isn't an 'excellent' journalist, or that he was 'implicated' in the McBride story by his e-mail correspondence with Derek Draper?
To save you the troubel of getting your feet dirty over there, I have copied the best comment so far......
man hardly anyone knows writes to man hardly anyone knows about man hardly anyone knows, making man hardly anyone knows get angry...
hold the front page...
if you have to describe all the people involved, it's probably not that big a story. you're like a bad impressionist having to say who he's doing.
OH UPdate: Have you seen their Political Editor?