FRIDAY, AUGUST 22, 2003
MUST-READ NYT: On Wednesday, we asked an incomparable questionwe wonder[ed] how long the press corps can go without pretending to explain the California state budget. The answer to that is obvious, of course; the mainstream press corps will type right into October without performing that obvious task. But in this mornings Times, Paul Krugman steps in, offering a bit of an overview. Heres the part of Krugmans piece which brought dark chuckles here at THE HOWLER:
KRUGMAN: [O]ne reason Gray Davis is so unpopular is that, unlike the challengers, he has actually had to take painful steps to close the budget gap. Although news reports continue, inexplicably, to talk about a $38 billion deficit, the projected gap for next year is only $8 billion.Of course, theres nothing inexplicable about any of this; know-nothingism is your press corps great creed. Krugman starts to lay out the facts reporters currently flee from. (Note: As Krugman says, California is not a high-tax state when it comes to taxes as a share of income. But California is a high-tax state if we measure taxes per capita.)
LORD BYRONS LATEST: Bush-haters? Why, theyre just as bad as the Clinton variety! Its the latest hot spin from the fake, phony right, and courtiers currently race into line, eager to offer an early recital. Well discuss the general topic next week. In the meantime, we thought that Byron Yorks way with numbers deserved an immediate reaction.
Poor Byron! Big, wet tears splashed down his face as he saw his president being misused. And Byron York was especially troubled to see George Bush accused of murders, just the way his slimy pals used to do with Clinton! He complains in the current National Review and includes a set of odd facts:
YORK: The [Clinton] death list was one of the wackiest examples of the conspiracy theories that pass for news on the Internet and talk radio, wrote the late New York Daily News columnist Lars-Erik Nelson in a 1999 article, Conspiracy Nuts Hit New Low with the Body Count. It is ignored by the mainstream media as too nutty for serious comment. But it is widely circulated and widely muttered over.Hmmm. Which other books are getting smoked by Immaculate Deception? Somewhat implausibly, York cited well-known tomes by Molly Ivins, Al Franken and Mark Crispin Miller. For example, Immaculate Deception is vastly outselling Rush Limbaugh is a Big Fat Idiot, York implausibly said. Considering the source of this odd-sounding claim, we decided to check in on out.
Thats right, folks! Over the years, we have found that the Byron Yorks are often involved in the sort of conduct one writer has recently called Big Lies. Why, you might even say that the York types tend to get themselves involved with lies and the lying liars who tell them. So we hurried over to Amazon.com to see how Immaculate Deception was performingnow that York had talked it up in National Review and all. And wouldnt you know it? Apparently, big publicity in Byron Yorks column doesnt move a book real good! On Thursday afternoon, Immaculate Deception had slid a bitall the way down to number 5741! And as of 8 AM today, the book was still in big, major trouble. It sat at number 4043. Was it well ahead of Rush Limbaugh is a Big Fat Idiot? Well, not exactly, no. At 8 AM, Frankens book stood at number 171! But thats close enough for men like Yorkand for the lying liars who support them. Repeat: Heres how the two books stood on Amazon as of this morning:
Rush Limbaugh is a Big Fat Idiot: 171According to York, Immaculate Deception is well ahead of Frankens book.
Speaking of major forms of deception, wed love to know when Immaculate Deception was selling the way York claimed. Or is York just peddling the latest scamthe latest fake, phony fact? After all, fakers and frauds like Byron York lied through their teeth to build anti-Clinton hatred. And now they want their dumb-ass readers to think that Bush is being done the same way! So what do they do? Of course! They resume their lying! Our question: How long will Americanslike you and meput up with these grimy deceptions? This attack on our culture has persisted for almost twelve years. How long do we plan to accept it?
LYING LIARS OF THE WORLD, UNITE: Maybe its just an August thing, but checking facts seems to be too much for brilliant journalist Rich Lowry. Lowrys a Well Paid Big Cheese at The National Review, the mag which put Yorks piece into print. This week, Lowry discusses Yorks troubling piece in his own nationally syndicated column. In part, the great faker says this:
LOWRY: A book detailing the Bush family murders called The Immaculate Deception outsells mainstream anti-Bush booksby Al Franken, et al.on Amazon.com, according to York.According to York, this pathetic man says! Far be it from the fake, phony Lowry to check out the facts of this case for himself. And newspapers like the Seattle Post-Intelligencer were eager to put this fake fact into print! The PI ran Lowrys piece on Wednesday, completing deceiving its readers. Seattlers need to ask this rag why it puts such pure crap into print.
But then, thats how the Clinton murder list got spread all around in the first place! Slimy men like York and Lowry bruited the pseudo-facts about town. Now theyre doing the same slimy workand slimy organs like the Post-Intel are eager to help them do it. And oh yes, who else wasquickly on board? You guessed it! Mickey Kaus was eager to say how great York and Lowrys work was! (Click here, roll back to Wednesday. More on his evidentiary standards next week.) Our question: How long will American citizens put up with such manifest fakers, phonies and frauds? How long will we let such fake, phony men make a joke of our national discourse?
Note: According to Kaus, Lowrys column also appeared in the New York Post. For obvious reasons, were not inclined to put much stock in things Kaus says. But in all likelihood, Lowrys column has appeared widely. To all appearances, our lying liars, with their big lies, cant wait to start lying again.
MUST-READ WP: In a rare op-ed written from the real world, a retired Navy officer asks why we tolerate lying liars on the Net. The gentleman didnt name York/Lowry/Kaus. But he seemed to have their type in mind.