When “Liberal” Scribes Attack

In case you missed the latest bogus narrative being peddled by the pathologically dysfunctional, so-called “liberal” press corps (you know, the folks who are allegedly “in the tank” for Obama), Jonathan Weisman and Dana Milbank, two pseudo-journalists each writing similarly gruesome pieces in today’s Washington Post, were both eagerly flogging it.

The essential gist is that Obama is being “presumptuous” and “self-aggrandizing” — that he’s “beginning to believe his own hype” to use Weisman’s expression and engaging in “premature drape measuring” to quote Milbank (who snidely refers to him as “President Obama”). Too bad this is based on a clipped quote — a “real zinger” Weisman calls it — that he deceitfully unfurls this way:

Obama was waxing lyrical about last week’s trip to Europe, when he concluded, according to the meeting attendee, “this is the moment, as Nancy [Pelosi] noted, that the world is waiting for.”

The 200,000 souls who thronged to his speech in Berlin came not just for him, he told the enthralled audience of congressional representatives. “I have become a symbol of the possibility of America returning to our best traditions,” he said, according to the source.

On Wednesday morning, House leadership aides pushed back against interpretations of this comment as self-aggrandizing, saying that when the presumptive Democratic nominee said, “I have become a symbol of the possibility of America,” he was actually trying to deflect attention from himself.

No tape of the event exists and no one is denying the quote.

Well that sure sounds pretty damning! Or at least it perhaps would have if not for the inconvenient fact that Weisman’s unnamed source got his “zinger” completely wrong. Actually, it should have read:

“It has become increasingly clear in my travel, the campaign — that the crowds, the enthusiasm, 200,000 people in Berlin, is not about me at all. It’s about America. I have just become a symbol.”

Whether Weisman was aware of this and chose not to disclose the full context in favour of his preferred story-line can’t be known for sure (the piece has since been updated with the full quote now stitched onto the end of it), but of course the damage has already been done. Right-wing bloggers went berserk at the notion that Obama had described himself as “a symbol of the possibility of America returning to our best traditions” and of course the McCain campaign was exploiting it for all it was worth.

And so it goes. You can bet that long after the facts of the matter have been forgotten, the “symbolic importance” misquote will persist as grist for the “arrogance” narrative. And if the word “uppity” hasn’t already come to mind in reading those two pieces, trust me, you’re not alone.

The Ugly Face of “Conservatism”

To employ a hackneyed rhetorical device frequently utilized by our friends on the Right, I can’t for the life of me seem to recall a deranged shooter murdering people owing to a deep-seated hatred of “conservatives and straights” — can you? Perhaps having Naomi Klein, Noam Chomsky and Michael Moore on one’s bookshelf doesn’t have quite the same homicidal effect on “leftards”… But then, I don’t recall “liberal” talk radio hosts like Ed Schultz or Rachel Maddow ever calling for the obliteration of an entire U.S. city like say Dallas because of its predominantly “right-wing” political culture either, nor do I think Bill Moyers ever regretted that the building housing Fox News hadn’t been leveled by maniacal terrorists simply because of their differing worldview.

Dr. Dawg has a highly commendable post on this subject from yesterday that raises some quite legitimate points about the “American conservative cult of death” as he refers to the elminationist rhetoric that pollutes the Right to an alarming degree and how the “blood on the hands of America’s conservatives” can’t easily be “washed off by bogus appeals to our sense of humour.”

It should also be mentioned that the almost unbroken collective silence of “The Blogging Tories” regarding this incident certainly hasn’t gone entirely unnoticed either. Make of that what you will. Perhaps the lives of people alleged to be “liberal” are simply too picayune for them to exercise any of their more usually evident outrage that kicks into overdrive every time there’s a killing involving a shooter that’s part of an ethnic minority group.

Gloria Kovach Isn’t a “Trained Seal”

She’s a sock-puppet.

Sheesh! Don’t recklessly besmirch the good name of seals with your “disgusting mudslinging” you horrid meanie, Steve.

In future, when striving for a comical effect, might I suggest placing a picture of Ms. Kovach in front of a backdrop riddled with bullet holes. Apparently, “Conservatives” find that kind of thing absolutely hilarious. Or, you could falsely accuse her supporters of almost anything — like say, even planting a bomb — without the slightest shred of evidence at all, and then simply brush it off saying you were “just kidding.” Although, I think you may need to have been officially “redeemed by the shed blood of the risen and eternal Lord Jesus Christ” in order to get away with that particular sort of high comedy.