Let’s examine how the Left-wing blogosphere operates in this country:
1. Take a story that is confirmed by “three” “people” (unnamed, unidentified–no doubt that “journalistic privilege” thing). [Here‘s a follow-up. Thompson’s sources have been bad before.]
2. Allow every single Bush-hating blog on the internet to grab hold with glee.
3. When they cite the source, they generally say things like, “We don’t know if this is really true; but even if it isn’t, it sounds like it should be. WE KNOW THE TRUTH.”
4. They will go on to use the same tired, old “Bush=Hitler=Fascism=Any-other-bad-irrelevant-thing-we-can-think-of” canards that they’ve always used.
5. Then they will delight in the knowledge that they just knew this was the kind of thing the President was always thinking; now we’ve heard it with our own ea–, er, well, even if he didn’t say it, we know he was thinking it.
6. Watch the keyboards light up.
7. Watch Google hit on something like 346,000 internet pages, with not a single one being right-ward.
8. In fact, it seems that every major news organization, including the New York Times and the LA Times, have ignored this particular piece of “news.” Why might that be? Beholden to the vast right-wing conspiracy? Riiight.
9. Blogs such as this one exhibit a wonderful sense of the Fourth Commandment while repeating unconfirmed hearsay.
I’ve seen this in a few places, but I’m having trouble understanding why, in this age of technology and blogs, this particular story isn’t being YELLED from the rooftops, figuratively speaking. [Now that’s a good question. Maybe because it’s false, and it’s not worth any ink in a real newspaper?]
All of us who are outside the realm of the liberal/conservative bi-factional single ruling party (as I believe Vox puts it) know that this sort of thing is no surprise. It’s no surprise, but how often do we get a cookie of a quote like this? People need to keep this one and re-use it forever.
“Stop throwing those Ten Words in my face! They’re just a #$$^%#@^ piece of stone!”
Any such comments by the President would be far too convenient to actually have a chance of being true. They may think the President is stupid enough to actually say such a thing, but I don’t. Isn’t it interesting how they can’t decide if he’s a pushover being used by Big Business/Cheney/Rove/whoever, or he’s this tough-talking, get-my-way-or-else cowboy? Which is it? Is he being used, or is he doing the using?
The first tip-off should have been that the NYT did not have a front-page piece on this. Where are the news cameras when you really need them? Anyone get a tape recording? Is there an echo in here?