Friday, October 1

Politics

Frankly, I am fucking sick of American politics.

I make the comments below in response to Hawkie's interest in my reaction to the forged documents in the 60 MINUTES piece on Our President's failure to fulfill his National Guard obligations.

The only thing I think worth commenting on is the extraordinary effectiveness of the Republican spin-machine, and how a few RNC operatives posing as neutral bloggers could make that whole story become about the documents themselves, rather than about the truth.

The truth is that every allegation about Mr. Bush's Guard service in that story is factual. It all happened, exactly the way 60 MINUTES said it happened. In fact, no one in the Bush Administration or campaign has even so much as disagreed with the facts of the situation, let alone issued anything resembling an official denial. They prefer to allow their backdoor spin machine to muddy the waters.

I'm not going to draw any connections between Mr. Bush's virtual desertion under fire and his brainless "bring it on" swagger today. Whatever connection there may be is subject to interpretation, and anyone who reads this is welcome to their own.

Everyone has a right to be wrong.

Only in today's America is it wrong to be right.


2 comments:

Cora said...

From a distance, it seems as if this whole thing about Dan Rather and the alleged forgeries was set up from the beginning. Clumsy forgeries and bloggers supposedly uncovering them, it all seems far too convenient to be true. Plus, I happen to like Dan Rather and I'd hate to see him lose his job over the screechings of the rightwing blogger hate brigade.

Besides, what Bush or for that matter Kerry did 30 years ago shouldn't matter in the US election. What they're doing now should.

Anonymous said...

I may have this incorrect--I'm going off of what I read in TIME magazine--but I thought it wasn't that Rather forged it, but that it was given to them by someone who's usually reliable, they had their typical fact-checkers examine it and they said it was all acceptable, and then they broadcast it. And then this happened.

Ah well, this whole election has been a pile of shit. Any country where a newscaster can threaten the life of his ideological opponent and be praised (O'Reilly and Franken) and still views THIS as a horrible shame...

I say all the remotely socialist people in USA--come up to Canada. Check your manifest destiny at the door.