Friday, January 08, 2010

What's wrong with the media

So, George Stephanopoulos has Rudy Giuliani on Good Morning America, and Rudy makes the interesting claim there were no domestic terror attacks under Bush, and there has been one under Obama. (The video is here.)

So what does Stephanopoulos do? Does he say something like: "Really? Last time I checked, 9/11 happened under Bush's watch. Same with the anthrax mailings. And wouldn't it be more accurate to say 'one failed attempt under Obama'?"

No. He lets the comment go and writes a goddamned blog post about it (same link as above, if you were avoiding the video) like it's a scoop or something. What the hell???

Former White House press secretary Dana Perino said the same thing a couple months ago (again, unchallenged--but this time on Fox News, so I wasn't expecting anyone to point out the fallacy). But this? I think my head is going to explode.

UPDATE: I guess I should point out that Rudy later said something like, "Well, of course I meant other than 9/11." I won't be the first (or last) to point out that saying Bush kept us safe other than 9/11 is like saying "Well, other than that, Mrs. Lincoln, how did you enjoy the play?"

And he still hasn't explained why Richard Reid (the shoe bomber) doesn't count while the undie bomber does.


Dave said...

I heard about Rudy's statement this morning and immediately thought about 9/11 and the Shoe Bomber.

Media and Politicians have an incestuous relationship - they both need each other. Pols have learned that the Big Lie works. Media has no interest in killing its food source.

Knatolee said...

I have to say, I am rather confused about why Obama is catching sh*t for the Underwear Bomber (who didn't even kill anyone) while Bush got RE-ELECTED after 9/11. Pleeze 'splain to the ignorant Canadian!

ChefNick said...

I love that Lincoln joke. I'll have to remember that.

ChefNick said...

Obama seems to be the most decent president we've had in 100 years, and I'm not political whatsoever.

But Bush was a genuine clod, maybe bordering on psychopath, and it's a total mystery to this American why the people Of Our Good Country, who may be psychopaths themselves, re-elected him.

There's nothing to 'splain. Americans can be real clods. I know; I'm one of them.