Monday, June 30, 2008

An afterthought, or maybe two, on the Media Infotainmenteers' preposterous assault on Wes Clark for telling the plain truth about McCranky


So, again, here is retired General Clark on Face the Nation Sunday expressing unstinting admiration for Young Johnny McCranky's courageous military service but insisting that none of that service is relevant to the job of presiding over the national security of the U.S. And then here's the howling horde of Media Infotainmenteers, braying that McCranky the war hero has been swiftboated!

Over there in the corner is candidate Obama whistling "Yankee Doodle" while General Clark is kneecapped, but that's not the part I want to come back to. Let's go back to the Infotainmenteers.

As everyone knows who is aware of what the general actually said, he never impugned McCranky's courage, military service, or patriotism, and there is no conceivable way that his actual comments can be twisted into any such thing. And yet all those shrunken TV heads babble away, and the Inside the Beltway pundits blogurgitate, with the result that from all sides we hear shocked demands for an apology and/or ridicule for the ludicrous or demonic (depending on your particular slant) political naivete required to attack McCranky's military service.

So, for example, we have ABC News political director Rick Klein blogurgitating:
Find me a single Democrat who thinks it’s good politics to call into question the military credentials of a man who spent five-and-a-half years as a prisoner of war.
As we know, the assumption behind this snotty imbecility is simply false. Now, my fantasy is to require Mr. Klein -- and all the other shrieking shrunken heads -- to answer two questions:

(1) Are you: (a) too lazy or (b) too stupid -- please specify -- to know that your statement is untrue, or (c) too dishonest to care?

(2) Four years ago, when Karl Rove promoted a band of ex-military pathological liars who really and truly swiftboated (hence the name) the naval combat hero John Kerry, were you expressing comparable scorn and/or outrage?

Think of Gerald Seib and Sara Murray blithering in the Wall Street Journal: "“The one certainty of the 2008 campaign, it might have seemed, was that Sen. John McCain would be acknowledged all around as a war hero for his service in Vietnam -- but apparently not.” Can we presume that this is an ironic recycling of the exact sentiment the duo voiced in 2004, except of course with "McCain" erroneously substituted for the real victim, Kerry.

So tell us, Mr. Klein, Mr. Seib, and Ms. Murray --

Do you chalk up your journalistic ineptitude primarily to: (a) laziness, (b), stupidity, or (c) dishonesty? With -- in any case -- a heaping helping of hypocrisy.

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At 9:04 PM, Blogger Jimmy the Saint said...

Have you seen the Great Orange Satan lately? When ever KO has a diary, it usually goes right to the top. The highest he could get today was 2nd. And right now, he's 4th. What beat him? Veterans sticking up for Gen. Clark!! At least there are some Democrats not as brain dead as Obama's campaign.

At 9:39 PM, Blogger KenInNY said...

Thanks, Jimmy, that is good news!


At 10:24 PM, Blogger slag said...

I say: (d) all of the above.

At 10:48 PM, Blogger KenInNY said...

Oh, with most of those cable noise-makers in particular, I don't think there's any question, Slag.


At 3:16 AM, Blogger theronlevin said...

McCain's middle and high school nickname was McNasty.

Clark, of course, was right. Clark may be playing the traditional role of Vice PResident -- doing the crotch kicking that would be unseemly for the President.

At 3:21 AM, Blogger theronlevin said...

I hope the Obamites are preparing a riposte that will target McNasty's temper. His capacity to explode is well documented.

On a flight, Cindy standing in the aisle, played with his thinning hair. McNasty exploded, called her a trollop and a whore and said that he, at least, didn't ladle on cosmetics with a trowel.

At 5:55 AM, Blogger DownWithTyranny said...

I'm in Mexico City and I just had breakfast in front of a big TV screen blaring a TV station I don't ever watch, Fox News. The helpful Fox news crew informed me that Wes Clark has no business even discussing Saint McCain because he (Clark) nearly started World War III. I think they were referring to the war in Kosovo, the one where there wasn't a single American fatality. I also have a feeling I may have arrived in front of the big screen too late to have heard them explain that Clark returned from Vietnam on a stretcher, after being shot 4 times. I think in Fox's new definition of "hero" it doesn't count unless you're dropping bombs from 30,000 feet in the air and wind up a prisoner of war.

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