They never knew what hit em

Monday, November 20, 2006
Noel Sheppard of the American Thinker does a very interesting piece on the old bait and switch:

As a result, to make this “assassination” work, step two was to get a previously adoring press quickly to alter its view of the Congressman, and comply with the need for a hit job. And, comply they did.

First out of the gates was NBC Nightly News, which on Thursday evening, just hours after the historic vote, fabulously threw Murtha under the bus. After playing the now infamous video of the Congressman discussing a bribe with an FBI agent – a video whose public display was totally verboten before the election – correspondent Chip Reid reported:

Murtha was investigated by the FBI in the Abscam bribery scandal 26 years ago, though he was never charged, and recently expressed frustration over a proposed Democratic package of ethics reforms.

Rep. MURTHA: (From MSNBC’s “Hardball”) And it is total crap that we have to deal with an issue like this when we got a war going on.

Reid concluded this segment by getting a quote from political analyst Norman Ornstein:

You can’t have the theme that you’re going to clean up the culture of corruption and then hand pick somebody who is a product of that culture.

Next up to kick the carcass of one suddenly despised by his caucus was the New York Times which published a scathing editorial on Friday that could have been found at either the Washington Times or the National Review:

The well-known shortcomings of Mr. Murtha were broadcast for all to see — from his quid-pro-quo addiction to moneyed lobbyists to the grainy government tape of his involvement in the Abscam scandal a generation ago. […]

Mr. Murtha would have been a farcical presence in a leadership promising the cleanest Congress in history.

All We Are Saying is Give War a Chance

With step two complete, it was next essential for the media to begin laying the groundwork for changing the public’s view concerning Iraq. The network morning news programs were willing accomplices as NBC’s Matt Lauer set up a segment on Friday’s Today Show:

Americans let Congress know loud and clear they’re not happy with the war in Iraq, but what would happen if the US just packed up and left?

Correspondent Richard Engel amazingly responded:

Well, I think what happened in southern Iraq yesterday is a good example of the kind of security situation that would develop. In those provinces in the south where those Americans were kidnapped, British and Italian forces have been pulling back and handing over authority to the Iraqi security forces. But instead of having a stable environment, it was handed over to militiamen and highway robbers, and a—probably a similar pattern would be repeated across the country.

The whole thing is worth reading. Have the anti warriors been had? Snookered? Lied to? Used? One can hope.
H/T AJ .


Knucklehead said...

Wow, Pelosi and Hoyer get results!

The newly elected Dems are probably still making travel and moving arrangements and haven't cast a vote yet but we don't need to wait for tomorrow for the sun to come out. inflation is down, wages are up, the generals on the scene (rather than the "retired" ones) are suddenly very important to listen to.

Ed onWestSlope said...

For people like this, I have appreciated Jonah Goldberg's
Feckless Crap Weasels
And this applies to the whiners on both sides or 3 sides or 12 sides???

chuck said...

And this applies to the whiners on both sides or 3 sides or 12 sides???

They have us surrounded, the poor bastards.

loner said...

Funny. Related to something else seen elsewhere here, I had reason to think on the man Ronald Reagan crushed to be re-elected Governor of California in 1970.

Money is the mother's milk of politics. Far as I know, that originated with the man. But this here reminds me of another:

If you can't take their money, drink their booze, eat their food, screw their women, and still look them in the eye and vote against them, you don't belong here.

—Jesse M. Unruh

Skookumchuk said...


As a young kid growing up in LA, I remember Dad and some neighbors having a conversation when that very quote came up.

A sort of civics class outside of school, as it were.

Syl said...

IOW, the Democrats and the MSM lied to get the Democrats elected.

What? Do they think the American voter is stupid or something?

Wait. Don't answer that.

Luther McLeod said...

Syl, yes. Being elected somehow makes one an arbiter. But a displaced one. Elected on speeches, but, who listens? Other than the stupid one's :-)

In some ways the whole thing hinges on responsibility. You are, are you are not, responsible for a situation. Nancy, et al...are now, at the least, responsible for this country. That will change their world view. Whether they like it or not. I suppose we shall see how they do so.

Luther McLeod said...

I left out partially, re "responsible for this country."