27 Jun 2004 16:50:09
Nomen Nescio
Media gets liberal allowing Bush excuses

Media gets liberal allowing Bush excuses

Molly Ivins - Creators Syndicate

06.22.04 - AUSTIN, Texas -- As I.F. Stone used to say, "All governments
lie," so that's no shockeroo. What's peculiar is the reaction in the

You may recall that when even the administration finally admitted Saddam
Hussein had no weapons of mass destruction (with that adorable video of
President Bush on his hands and knees searching under sofas in the Oval
Office for the missing WMD -- oh, it was so amusing, eight hundred
American dead), we were treated to the following rationales:

1) Didn't make any difference because Saddam Hussein was a really, really
bad guy anyway.

He was, of course, and it was always the only decent rationale for getting
rid of him. It was the argument made by Tony Blair, but specifically
rejected by the Bush administration. Paul Wolfowitz explained in Vanity
Fair that human rights violations were not a sufficient consideration for

2) It was all Saddam's fault that we thought he had WMD. The wily coot
fooled us by repeatedly denying that he had any, a fiendishly clever ploy.

3) He probably shipped them all to Syria just before we got there.

4) Get over it. We've heard enough from you people.

Torture at Abu Ghraib and elsewhere?

1) No worse than fraternity hazing.

2) Just some low-level, white-trash morons.

3) We haven't tortured nearly as many people as Saddam Hussein.

4) Al Qaeda never signed no stinkin' Geneva Conventions, so we have a
right to torture them.

5) Shut up, they explained.

Torture was explicitly authorized at the highest levels of government.

1-5) See above, plus:

6) Did not.

7) So what?

8) "I'm going to say it one more time. The instructions went out to our
people to adhere to the law. That ought to comfort you. We're a nation of
laws. We adhere to laws. We have laws on the books. You might look at
those laws, and that might comfort you."

Problem is, the administration looked at the laws and decided to ignore them.

Ahmad Chalabi is not just a liar, con man, thief and faker of
intelligence, but also apparently a spy for Iran.

1) Chalabi? Ahmad who? Never heard of him.

2) We cut off all ties with Chalabi some time ago. (Last week.)

The 9-11 Commission reports there is no evidence of collaboration between
Saddam Hussein and Al Qaeda, and in fact Iran, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia
were all much bigger players with Al Qaeda.

1) The 9-11 Commission didn't say that.

2) The media are overplaying the story and are also lazy and outrageous.
(Never mind that it's the media's fault as much as the administration's
that 69 percent of the American people were under the misimpression that
Saddam Hussein was directly tied to 9-11.)

3) We never claimed he was behind 9-11. No, we never did -- we may have
implied it, we may have hinted, we may have suggested, insinuated,
intimated, connoted, alluded to and said it between the lines, but we
never said it, and you can't prove we did and we have no idea how the
great majority of Americans ever got that silly idea in the first place.
So stop reporting that it's not true.

4) We are tired of hearing from you people, this has been going on for
almost 24 hours now and only Dead Reagan gets a week's worth of our
undivided attention. Back to Kobe Bryant and Laci Peterson.

All in all, I'd say these folks have their act down now. Dick Cheney gets
bonus points for Best Lying With a Straight Face.

On June 8, John Ashcroft was driven to the old Nixon defense --
stonewalling. He not only refused to provide the Senate Judiciary
Committee with Justice Department memos justifying torture, he refused to
explain why he refused. The Washington Post then helpfully posted the memo
on its website so we could all enjoy reading how our "Justice Department"
explains why the president is above the law and above the Constitution,
and does not need to observe any treaties.

Also, we learned it is not torture unless it is "equivalent in intensity
to the pain accompanying serious physical injury, such as organ failure,
impaired bodily function or even death."

Water torture (that's the one they politely refer to as "stressful
conditions") was a particular favorite of the Gestapo against the French
Resistance in World War II. Anal rape and shoving broken light bulbs up
the rear end don't count at all.

I'm so glad George W. Bush has restored honor and integrity to the White
House. And I appreciate all his defenders in the media more than I can
say. They are truly distinguishing themselves as patriots in this hour of

(c) 2004 Creators Syndicate

27 Jun 2004 12:39:47
Madelin McKinnon
Re: Media gets liberal allowing Bush excuses

Media is manipulative, that's not Liberal.


Geez louize, Republicans are pouring money in the Nader campaign just
like they did to make Howard Dean a money machine. Poor Nader, he's a
pawn of sleazy campaigning.