July 12, 2003

The "Just One Sentence" Meme

As the media finally starts rolling on AT LEAST ONE stupid and harmful thing Bush has done during the past two and a half years, it is worth noting that even in this case, where Bush is completely busted for lying in public (though not under oath, sadly), everyone is going out of their way to say that it's no big deal. My favorite has been the "liberals are mad over just one single little itty-bitty sentence in Bush's entire huge long state of the union speech and all the other speeches he's ever given combined" meme.

Actually, no. We're mad about almost everything he says all the time, it's just that all the so-called liberal media has noticed is one little itty-bitty sentence. The Media Horse has been covering this well, along with the usual suspects in my sidebar.

My second favorite is the Reaganite standby: "Bush is too dumb or incompetent to have realized he was lying." How proud conservatives must be to use this defense to stand behind their president (not their leader, mind you).

My third favorite is: "It's the CIA's fault." This is interesting given that the false statement about Iraq trying to acquire Uranium from Africa was omitted from a speech a month before the State of the Union and omitted from another speech a week after the State of the Union, both times because the speechwriters were made aware (by the CIA) that it was bullshit. So they changed the text a little bit and said "The British government has learned..." Not "A report from the British government claims...", mind you.

Oh sorry, am I parsing too much? I guess it depends on your definition, doesn't it?

Posted by Observer at July 12, 2003 09:41 AM
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I have to admit that I felt a little less angry at Reagan when he finally announced that he had Alzheimer's--maybe he wasn't stupid, just ill. But I am still angry at the rabid post-watergate press for not mentioning it.

Posted by: Shamhat on July 13, 2003 06:27 AM

Thought that you might enjoy this weekend's Doonesbury... http://www.ucomics.com/doonesbury/2003/07/13/

Posted by: Seattle Astronomer on July 14, 2003 05:41 PM