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.