WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2003
HOUSTON, YOU MAY HAVE A PROBLEM: A must-read piece in this mornings New York Times. As weve noted, problems with the Texas education miracle were apparent by early 2000. But the press corps was making up tales about Gore, and knew they had to sidestep this subject. For our real-time work on this sorry matter, enter NAEP or TASS or RAND or Cannell into our whirring search engines. For the record, the New York Times should have done this work three years ago.
ROGER AILES, UN-AMERICAN: Tell us againwho is un-American? Last night, the lying and slander continued on Fox, presented by the slithering men who have always taken aim at democracy.
Lets start with Dick Morris slithering appearance on the OReilly Factor. Morris was sent there to stir up the rubes. His misstatements started immediately:
MORRIS: She went to Iraq, she went to Afghanistanshe went right into the middle of a combat zone and exercised the right of free speech she should have exercised state side while she was in the combat zone. She told the American soldiers that most Americans dont agree with what theyre doing; that theres strong debate over the Bush Administration; that success is not assured; that there arent enough troops to do the job. And you dont say this to the men and women that the next day are going to have to go out and risk their lives.Of course, Morris was making almost all of this up (details below; see THE DAILY HOWLER, 12/2/03). Indeed, his ugly misstatements were so apparent that OReilly corrected him instantly:
OREILLY (continuing directly): All right. Ummmshe said this stuff, not to the troops, to reporters. She didnt say it to the troops.Well, she was there, Morris said. Theres truly no end to the clowning! But that was the last time OReilly would correct his lying guest. Throughout the segment, Morris kept repeating his bald misstatements, and the formerly-tough-but-now-timorous host sat back and let Morris do it. The rules on Fox are abundantly clear: If you lie about Hillary Clinton, Bill OReilly is too scared to act.
One hour later, it was Hannitys turn. The doctor was INWilliam Bennett:
HANNITY: Dr. Bennett, good to see you. Thank you. Hillary also said that the outcome of this is not certain. She said that to the troops when she was there I find that veryhighly inappropriate. Do you know?Of course, as OReilly had noted an hour earlier, Clinton did not say that to the troops. She made the absurdly obvious statement in a telephone interview with Douglas Turner, Washington bureau chief of the Buffalo News, one of Clintons home state papers. (Its her job to answer Turners questions.) But the truth wouldnt stir up the rubes quite enough, so Hannity lied for the second straight night. And for all his wisdom and great erudition, Dr. Bennett didnt correct the misstatement. Neither, of course, did Alan Colmes. But then, Colmes had failed to challenge Hannitys lying on Monday. Why would the coward start now?
Magnanimously, Bennett said he didnt find Clintons statements un-American. But he didnt say what was plain to see: He didnt say that he was engaged in the kind of discussion that has always been ginned up by slithering men, the slithering men who stalk democracy. On Fox, you can lie and discuss un-Americans all you like. So tell us again, one more time. Tell us, pleasewhos un-American?
MORRIS MAKES IT UP: Morris lying was quite impressive. First, there is no record of Clinton ever saying that most Americans dont agree with what [the troops are] doing. Second, Clinton told the Buffalo News, not the troops, that success in Iraq is not assured. Are there too few troops in Iraq? She voiced that opinion in subsequent interviews, not when she spoke to the soldiers. Morris was lyingand lying, and lying. But Morris was sent to stir up the rubes, and OReilly, a coward, wouldnt stop him.
DRIVING THE CATTLE: Is Hillary Clinton un-American? Slithering men like Bennett and Morris want you discussing that topic. And since her actual comments dont give them much fodder, belly-crawling types like Morris simply misstate what Clinton really said. But you know how this fakery works; out in the pastures, the cattle are stirring. In a letter in this mornings Washington Times, Katie Spicer of Springfield, Virginia explains why shes so appalled:
SPICER: In regard to yesterdays Page One story Home again, Hillary bashes Bush, I am once again appalled to read comments regarding the war in Iraq that have been spoken by one of Americas self-proclaimed smart people.The letter goes on for five paragraphs. Why is Katie Spicer appalled? Because Hillary Clinton stated the obviousbecause she told a Buffalo News reporter that the outcome in Iraq isnt assured! Meanwhile, Tim Cummings writes from a pasture in Maryville, Tennessee. Like Scott Reed, the Republican consultant, I believe her comment is un-American, he angrily writes. Tony Blankley, eager to stir up more rubes, rushed Cummings thought into print.
Its the central problem of democracy. Slithering sophists have targeted rubes ever since the dawn of the west. Last night, on Fox, the lying continued. Morris and Hannity slithered and lied. And OReilly and Colmescowardly menwere simply too frightened to stop them.
JOHN MCCAIN, REAL AMERICAN: Apparently, John McCain is un-American too! Here he was on the August 24 Meet the Press, commenting from foreign soil:
RUSSERT: Senator McCain, youre in Turkey. Let me start with you. What must be done in Iraq right now?Isnt it incredible? That McCain would make such remarks on foreign soiland that Russert would permit such an outrage? But the un-Americans showed little restraint. Their traitorous conduct continued:
RUSSERT: How many more troops do you think we need in Iraq?At several points, McCain even told George Bush what to do! Heres how bad things got later on:
RUSSERT: Senator McCain, realistically, how long will American troops be in Iraq, and how much is it going to cost us?Was something wrong with John McCains conduct? Obviously nota thousand times no. But no one tried to stir the rubes when John McCain did the job of a senator. Dick Morris wasnt rushed on the air, and a fat, phony doctor didnt go on TV to tell us where such remarks can be offered. But then, Morris and Bennett are slithering men. Theyre fakes, and they stalk your democracy.
CONAN THE DECEIVER: Candidate Conans deceptions become more apparent in Harold Meyersons column this morning. What happened to all that wasteful spending that Candidate Conan swore he would find? Of course, the candidates fakery was always apparent, but pseudo-journalists in your press corps struggled to keep their eyes off the prize. They interviewed strippers, met Gary Coleman, and clowned their way through the summer and fall. But then, in this age of Michael Jackson Distraction, its almost impossible to comprehend how fake our public discourse really is. In California, the truth begins to emerge. Read about it in Meyersons column. The bulk of your press corps will know to avoid it.