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March 05, 2010

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Dellinger in the WPost is first rate. Just look at the resumes of these people.

Here's a http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/03/04/AR2010030404181.html>link to the Dellinger piece Charlie mentioned.

Normally I suspect that media incompetence at journalism comes from their priorities: push or create a controversy and then milk it, pump the ratings, drag it out as long as possible. Pretend both sides have a point because it drags the process out much longer than merely debunking one side.

But then there are stories such as this one- stories where it seems to me that the media could have as much of a field day playing the story straight. Im not naive enough to think that they'll give the public a history lesson or have a real discussion about how the rule of law is actually a good thing. But when they play the propaganda game even when it's unnecessary from a ratings standpoint, I do suspect their motives.

And Cheney gets results, doesn't she? Thanks Pres. Obama.

The weakness in Dellinger's piece is this: "...reputable public figures such as Elizabeth Cheney and journalists such as Kristol...". I'm aware of no reputable public figure named Elizabeth Cheney nor a journalist named William Kristol. I am familiar with a couple of right wing hacks whose parents were popular in Republicanland of those names.

Perhaps he's referring to some other William Kristol and Elizabeth Cheney.

Another example of lawyers needing to do their work. We're living in much more frightening time than most people will acknowledge.

We're living in much more frightening time than most people will acknowledge.

This.

Anyone who thought that electing Democrats would solve--or has solved--the core problems of the Bush years never really understood those problems in the first place.

Shame has died.

Anyone who thought that electing Democrats would solve--or has solved--the core problems of the Bush years never really understood those problems in the first place.

This.

As Rachel Maddow pointed out, if Mss. Chain-Eye's standards were equally applied, she would have to denounce herself as an Al Qaeda sympathizer (also 43 of the 50 biggest law firms in the country, not to forget SCOTUS).

That damned royalist John Adams, representing the British terrorists-in-uniform responsible for the Boston Massacre . . .

I think the unremarked aspect of this whole business is the involvement of Bill Kristol. It's easy to dismiss Cheney as a nutball, but Kristol is, I gather, a respected figure on the right, and his magazine is regarded by conservatives as a reputable, serious, publication.

Yet he gets away with this crap without being drummed out of polite society. Why is that?

[Kristol] gets away with this crap without being drummed out of polite society. Why is that?

Because it is merely 'polite'. McCarthy's cardinal mistake was to have been an obvious lout. If you're a smoothie in an expensive suit who doesn't drink or do anything official DC would find 'inappropriate' - in terms of manners - no problem. You can be as deranged and/or venal as you want, and it's 'debate'.

"Yet he gets away with this crap without being drummed out of polite society.

Why is that?"

Because there is no polite Republican society.

Because liberal Democratic society is too polite.

Mr. Kristol, like Rush Limbaugh and every other cowardly, anti-American Republican piece of bug filth in this country is impolite among their own impolite bug filth company.

I doubt they would be as impolite on the street if liberals were as heavily armed as Republicans are.

I challenge Mr. Kristol to repeat his words to my face.


Kristol is, I gather, a respected figure on the right

As is Limbaugh. They're both useful propagandists, who tell similar lies to somewhat different audiences.

an interesting view here that I agree with on just how important these guys would, or should , be.

As Rachel Maddow pointed out, if Mss. Chain-Eye's standards were equally applied, she would have to denounce herself as an Al Qaeda sympathizer (also 43 of the 50 biggest law firms in the country, not to forget SCOTUS).

now that "we have real, live, contemporary McCarthyites in our midst -- Liz Cheney and Bill Kristol -- launching a repulsive smear campaign, we'll see what the reaction is and how they're treated by our political and media elites."

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