09/12/2004: Gem o'the Day:
From Friday, actually, though I'm only getting around to catching up with it today. Bob Somerby, at the Daily Howler, is examining why the press mouths Repugnican spin while not subjecting Dubya to scrutiny. Quoth Bob:
A full report on Bush’s claim would surely mention his own reversals. The man who likes to call Kerry a flipper has authored a long line of flips himself:
Regarding that $87 billion, he even said he’d veto his very own bill! Omigod! If we really want to be stupid, How big a flip-flop was that!!!
- Bush opposed a 9/11 Commission. Then he flipped.
- Bush opposed a Homeland Security Department. Then he flipped.
- Bush opposed campaign finance reform. Then he flipped.
- Bush proposed spending $87 billion in Iraq. Then he flipped.
Please don’t send lists of other Bush flips. The Dub has reversed on many matters--a fact news orgs would normally mention in examining his central claim against Kerry. But today’s news orgs don’t examine; they type scripts. And even when Bush misstates his flips, they continue to slumber politely.
Len on 09.12.04 @ 01:06 PM CST