Friday, November 18, 2005


It's only "lying" if you're a Republican

The Stanford Review has one of the most egregious examples of Democrats spinning their previous positions on Iraq that I’ve yet seen. Senator Jay Rockefeller trying to explain that he didn’t really say what he actually said, and anyway, he didn’t mean what he said, and anyway, he had bad information, and besides that blah blah blah…

WALLACE: Senator Rockefeller, the President says that Democratic critics, like you, looked at pre-war intelligence and came to the same conclusion that he did. In fact, looking back at the speech that you gave in October of 2002 in which you authorized the use of force, you went further than the President ever did. Let's watch. SEN. ROCKEFELLER (October 10, 2002): "I do believe that Iraq poses an imminent threat, but I also believe that after September 11th, that question is increasingly outdated."

WALLACE: Now, the President never said that Saddam Hussein was an imminent threat. As you saw, you did say that. If anyone hyped the intelligence, isn't it Jay Rockefeller?

After a little more semantic gymnastics and tangentially related BS wherein Rockefeller refuses to accept responsibility for his clearly defined position on Iraq in 2002, we get this remarkable exchange, possibly the ultimate in denial of reality:

SEN. ROCKEFELLER: Chris, there's always the same conversation. You know it was not the Congress that sent 135,000 or 150,000 troops.

WALLACE: But you voted, sir, and aren't you responsible for your vote?


There you have it boys and girls. The ultimate in nanny-stater denial of the role of personal responsibility.

Obviously, Karl Rove’s evil mind-control ray was operating at full power, causing Senator Rockefeller to say things he never would have said of his own free will, and can’t be held accountable for now.

Rockefeller, of course, went on to say that he relied on bad intelligence…which Wallace had already pointed out was the same as, or possibly even more detailed than, what the President presented to congress.

So here's the question for Senator Rockefeller: if you were relying on intelligence which turned out to be flawed, doesn't that make you a LIAR? Doesn't that mean "Rockefeller lied, people died"? Oh, sorry, I forgot...we have to apply that leftist double-standard here.

You know, that media double standard that means acting on the information you have available is only lying if you're a Republican.

The same double standard that makes CBS a victim in the National Guard memo fraud, hoodwinked by segment producers Mary Mapes, rather than a willing participant, ratifying the actions of Managing Editor Dan Rather.

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