Liberals Jump To Confusions
By: Lee Kent Hempfling
Like a pack of starving banshees, jumping at the first odor of raw flesh, the liberal and foreign press have fallen all over themselves to write about a short excerpt of a book by Scott McClellan. The problem is, the quote offered says nothing about the topic the lunatics have attributed it to.
A more prime example of adhering to a false reality could never have been found.
From this quote, liberals assumed:
“The most powerful leader in the world had called upon me to speak on his behalf and help restore credibility he lost amid the failure to find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. So I stood at the White house briefing room podium in front of the glare of the klieg lights for the better part of two weeks and publicly exonerated two of the senior-most aides in the White House: Karl Rove and Scooter Libby. There was one problem. It was not true. I had unknowingly passed along false information. And five of the highest ranking officials in the administration were involved in my doing so: Rove, Libby, the vice President, the President’s chief of staff, and the President himself.” As published verbatim on Public Affairs Books website http://www.publicaffairsbooks.com/publicaffairsbooks-cgi-bin/display?book=9781586485566&view=excerpt
In reading that excerpt, what is the topic? “The most powerful leader in the world had called upon me to speak on his behalf and help restore credibility he lost amid the failure to find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.” The topic is “help restore credibility”. The subject is, “amid the failure to find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.” But that is not the focus of the reality-challenged. Their focus is what makes them feel emotionally fulfilled.
From that, came every sort of misconstrued ignorant claim the emotionally distraught miscreants could muster.
The topic became Valerie Plame and Joe Wilson. The focus turned to President Bush and Vice President Cheney. The fiction liberals live as truth interrupted the facts and resulted in a complete disregard for what the quote says. The reactions though, brought interesting statements, the speakers should be held liable for.
China’s news service proclaimed, “Bush told me to lie”, and opened their false story with, “Former White House press secretary Scott McClellan has blamed President George Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney for misleading the public about the role of White House aides in leaking the identity of CIA operative Valerie Plame.” The topic never arose in reality. I can understand Chinaâ€™s desire to make it seem so.
China’s news service wrote: “White House press secretary Dana Perino said Tuesday it was not clear what McClellan meant in the excerpt. ‘The president has not and would not ask his spokespeople to pass on false information,’ she said.”
The Washington Post stated: “Former White Press Secretary Scott McClellan says in an upcoming book that he was misled by President George W. Bush and other high officials into misinforming the press about a CIA leak case that fueled debate about the Iraq war.” No he did not. He never mentioned the topic. It was NOT the topic. The press is simply making up a context in which to place the quote, the quote could not be placed in. With the context established directly in the quote, making it what it was not is not only bad journalism it is an outright lie, based in a reality that does not exist. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/11/20/AR2007112001933.html
Salon tried to spin the topic by making up even more: “In a short, tantalizing excerpt from his forthcoming memoir posted on the Web site of Public Affairs Press, McClellan complains that he was duped into misleading the public and the media. Although the excerpt does not mention Valerie Plame, it clearly refers to her whispered exposure as a CIA agent by ranking aides to President Bush and Vice President Cheney.” Allow me to apply one line from McLellan’s quote that works here: “There was one problem. It was not true.”
The mention of “Karl Rove and Scooter Libby” immediately caused the author ‘Joe Conason’ to induce the issue that came to mind regarding two people who worked in the White House, both of whom create instant emotional reactions from emotionally controlled people. There is no way possible to deductively assume that mentioning those two people could only have meant Valerie Plame. It could only have been accomplished inductively. It is almost like liberals cannot fathom Rove and Libby doing anything else in all the years they worked for the Administration, let alone have anything at all to do with the topic: “help restore credibility..amid the failure to find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.â€ http://www.salon.com/opinion/conason/2007/11/21/mcclellan/index_np.html
False reporting is the thing that brings out the statements by politicans that most make them susceptible to have to live with what they say. Could that have been the point all along?
As quoted on Rawstory: “Sen. Joe Biden (D-CT) said that President Bush should ‘immediately come forward and explain any action taken by him or his administration to mislead the American public…it appears from McClellan’s account that the president himself was ‘involved’ in spreading false information. That is outrageous.’”
Rawstory: “Fellow presidential hopeful Gov. Bill Richardson (D-NM) stated that it was ‘a low point in our history when the leader of the free world fights to deceive the American public.’ Added the governor: ‘Rather than defend the Constitution, President Bush has bamboozled the country. Whether it is outing a CIA operative, illegally spying on Americans, or advocating the use of torture, the Bush administration has made a mockery of our legal system.’” The problem is, that is not true. http://rawstory.com/news/2007/Joe_Wilson_McClellan_book_bolsters_lawsuit_1121.html
Not one comment from the less reactive politicians. Mike Huckabee, whom I have met and spoke with in a meeting in Little Rock some years ago, disappointed me in his response, as he either did not bother to read the quotation, or he did not bother to understand what it DID NOT SAY. Not a good sign for a Presidential candidate. Biden and Richardson needed the headlines. Huckabee does not.
MSNBC’s Keith Olberman’s sand box derby program hosted Joe Wilson, who claimed treason and all sorts of other absurd things in an attempt to resurrect a civil suit. Problem is, it wasn’t the topic at all. Olberman asked about McClellan, “he insists he isn’t saying President Bush lied to him about the outing of Valerie Plame,” then proceeded to mock (all he can do, given his reality disconnect) “What exactly did the President do? Hand him a sealed envelope?”
The point is Keith, the topic was never Valerie Plame. All it takes it a simple read of the quotation. Unless you are predisposed to assumptions and tend to disregard facts in order to make yourself feel fulfilled and justified living in a reality that does not match the one that has three dimensions: you could never have even raised the Plame issue. No one could. But I have a feeling someone insisted you would.
Stupidity fascinates me. Liberals never let me down.