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Where’s the Smear?

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 6:00 pm - July 12, 2007.
Filed under: Alternate Universe,Bush-hatred,Liberals,Media Bias

It is absolutely amusing listening to Administration critics ranting about the ham-handed effort of White House officials to discredit a dishonest critic. Hillary Clinton thinks they were trying to “stifle dissent” while others claim they were trying to “smear” that disingenuous man (Joe Wilson) by telling the truth to reporters to rebut the distorted information he provided to the New York Times, both in comments to a columnist for that paper and in a piece he penned on his own.

Just yesterday that deceitful Democrat testified before the House Judiciary Committee (Via Ben Johnson via Instapundit). Doesn’t seem his ability to “dissent” has been stifled even as the accusations he made against the Bush Administration have been discredited (and here). Imagine if a Republican partisan, after his criticisms of a Democratic president had been shown to be false, being invited to testify before a congressional committee. The MSM would be in an uproar, but they seem to have uttered barely a peep at Mr. Wilson’s appearance yesterday.

In that appearance, he continued to blather on about “the deliberate deceptions” he still claims he disclosed, even as the Senate Intelligence Committee has long since made clear that he did no such thing.

Now this man, like so many on the left, is accusing the President of being involved in an “unseemly smear campaign.”

OK, where’s the smear?

While White House officials may have behaved in a clumsy manner in trying to make known the facts to counter Mr. Wilson’s deceptions, they did not provide false or misleading information.

Look, it’s one thing to criticize the president for his policies, but it’s quite another to distort the truth to allege his policies were criminal or his own actions had malicious intent. It’s a truly sad when dishonest men are invited to testify before a congressional committee and level false accusations against the president of the United States, particularly when those claims have long since been discredited.

I don’t know why the left remains so obsessed with accusing this Administration of practices (dishonesty and smear tactics) which seemed to be staples of the previous Administration. There are ample grounds to criticize President Bush and his team. Dishonesty and Smear Tactics, however, are not among them.

UPDATE (from GPW): Just realized that I had posted a piece with the exact same title nearly a year ago — on this very subject. Despite numerous revelations of his many deceptions, Mr. Wilson continues to spout the same silly nostrums which gained him fame (and perhaps fortune), but hopefully to an ever-shrinking audience.

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12 Comments

  1. Dan, Dan. For such a smarty –and that you are–, I am surprised at you.

    The Basic Law of Reality is this: GWB and the Republicans are THE FOUNT OF ALL EVIL IN THE WORLD. Consequently, by definition, they do anything and everything that is evil and anything and everything they do is evil. End of story. Simple, no?

    If there is an evil they have not yet been accused of, it is likely because of their fascist oil-fuelled theocratic chilling effect on truthseekers, or they are so DIABOLICALLY clever that they have hidden it.

    C’mon, Dan, get with the programa!

    (With affectionate regards and a grin, EssEm).

    Comment by EssEm — July 12, 2007 @ 7:58 pm - July 12, 2007

  2. Oh EssEm. Unfortunately for the left, you cannot convince the American people to support your notion that he is so evil. Why is that? Well the answer is easy, we know where the true evil exists. Your rant above simply shows how clueless you are about true evil and proves also that the left is suffering from BDS. There isn’t even any substance to your remarks above.

    Dan, that is the reason they resort to dishonest & smear tactics, they suffer from BDS.

    Comment by Good vs. Evil — July 12, 2007 @ 10:05 pm - July 12, 2007

  3. Oops. I’ve done it again. Forgot those smiley emoticons that let people know I’m joking. Dan knows me, so he knows the whole thing in #1 was ironic, not to say sarcastic. For all his flaws, I voted for W and given the same choices would do it again.

    Comment by EssEm — July 12, 2007 @ 11:10 pm - July 12, 2007

  4. The problem here is that the Left refuses to differentiate in Republicans between a Maleficent and a Moron. Bush isn’t incompetant… it’s actually a malicious conspiracy cleverly crafted to look like apalling failure! Yes, that’s it!

    The Left thinks the Right is full of villains from Thundercats who wring their hands and cackle trying to devise new schemes for doing evil.

    Comment by DoDoGuRu — July 13, 2007 @ 12:52 am - July 13, 2007

  5. What gets me is that he and Valerie have both lied to Congress and yet nobody cares. Ian pointed out, while back, that lying to Congress is a crime, but apparently it’s really how you get invited back.

    Comment by ThatGayConservative — July 13, 2007 @ 1:36 am - July 13, 2007

  6. Imagine if a Republican partisan, after his criticisms of a Democratic president had been shown to be false, being invited to testify before a congressional committee. The MSM would be in an uproar, but they seem to have uttered barely a peep at Mr. Wilson’s appearance yesterday.

    If we are waiting on the MSM to report the truth or be anything but complete shills for the Democratic party, we will waiting, in the minority, for a very, very long time.

    The question I want answered is
    WHERE
    ARE
    REPUBLICANS????

    Our party has absolutely no leadership whatsoever right now. Democrats have sold the right to a secret ballot for campaign contributions, have made pork barrel spending even more secret and taken away the power for Republicans to vote against it away, one of their most senior senators and a member of leadership, Dianne Feinstein has been steering millions in military contracts to her husband, William Jefferson has been indicted on 16 counts and still sits and votes while Tom Delay has the partisan indictments thrown out and upheald and is forced to resign, Jim Mcdermott is found guilty in a court of law and he not only sits and votes, but he has the gall to call for the impeachment of the President, Democrats push an energy bill that would drive the price of gas UP costing Americans billions of dollars, while simultaneously allowing tax cuts to expire, amounting to the biggest tax increase in history, and last but not least, are blatantly, demonstrably trying to undermine the war and cause our defeat for their political gain….

    and the silence from Republicans is deafening!

    Comment by Will — July 13, 2007 @ 2:57 am - July 13, 2007

  7. I agree with Will 100%! I have written the RNC asking if anyone remembered to shut off the lights since it is obvious no one is at home. The leftist politicians can levy ANY unsubstantiated charges against the ‘evil’ Mr. Bush and the media runs with the story as if it were indisputable fact. We know the scene which will no doubt carry a dem into the WH. BUT, I sure as hell wish the RNC and the ‘wobbly’ Republicans would at least go down fighting. I have never witnessed such a group of weak politicians who, rather than stand and fight for principles, stand ready to join their arrogant counterparts to accomplish one hope…to get re-elected. That will fail also since no one votes for a loser in mind and spirit. Mel Martinez’s selection as head of the RNC is about the dumbest thing the Party has done to ‘cement’ the weak image once and for all. He needs replacement immediately.

    All of the above spells DEFEAT unless someone with fire in their bellies soon resuscitates a dying patient. Here’s hoping…..

    Comment by beneyw — July 13, 2007 @ 6:47 am - July 13, 2007

  8. #5 – Right on, Will. I keep expecting the GOP to grow a pair.

    Oh, wait – does that last sentence make me a misogynist? ;-)

    Regards,
    Peter H.

    Comment by Peter Hughes — July 13, 2007 @ 11:13 am - July 13, 2007

  9. “In arguing for the right path as he sees it, the president more and more claims for himself virtues that the other side, by inference, lacks. He is “idealistic”; those who oppose him are, apparently, lacking in ideals. He makes his decisions “based on principle,” unlike his critics, who are ever watchful of the polls. He is steadfast, brave, he believes “freedom isn’t just for Americans” but has “universal . . . applications,” unlike those selfish, isolationist types who oppose him.

    This is ungracious as a rhetorical approach…”

    -Peggy Noonan

    Oy vey! So, so sorry…..

    Comment by jimmy — July 13, 2007 @ 12:35 pm - July 13, 2007

  10. #9 – And little jimmy, will you please provide a point to your cut-and-paste? Or do we have to play “three guesses?”

    Regards,
    Peter H.

    Comment by Peter Hughes — July 13, 2007 @ 5:16 pm - July 13, 2007

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    Comment by David M — July 13, 2007 @ 7:56 pm - July 13, 2007

  12. #8 thanks. This congress has the lowest approval ratings ever recorded I think. Certainly lower than any the Republicans ever had. Republicans should be out there capitalizing on it, telling the American people theyre right to dislike this congress and reminding them of all the many reasons why.

    Im writing the republican leadership and asking why the hell they arent.

    Comment by Will — July 14, 2007 @ 1:16 am - July 14, 2007

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