GOP’s Helpful Pundits Reinforce Public Fear

Noticing how “in the past week, Republican politicians and pundits have been striving mightily to invoke fear in the hearts of the American people,” News Corpse blogger Mark Howard has collected (5/25/09) some choice quotes from GOP members “blanketing the airwaves with assertions that President Obama’s policies on national security (Iraq, Afghanistan, Guantanamo, torture, etc.) will result in another 9/11”:

Cheney: “It is recklessness cloaked in righteousness and would make the American people less safe.”…

John Boehner: “I think this is a pre-9/11 mentality, and I think it’ll make our nation less safe.”

Karl Rove: “They’re doing the wrong thing for our country, they’re doing the wrong thing for our men and women in uniform, and they’re making us less safe.”

But another selection of quotations, from corporate journalists themselves, support Howard’s observation that not only are Dick Cheney & Co. “accelerating the rhetoric,” they also are “bringing along reinforcements to alert the terrorists that America is ‘less safe’ and therefore vulnerable”:

Joe Scarborough (MSNBC): “I knew by the second day that America was less safe.”

Laura Ingraham (Fox News): “I think you can make a pretty compelling case that we’re less safe today.”…

David Gregory (Meet the Press): “But do you agree with the vice president when he says that the country is less safe under President Obama?”
Newt Gingrich: “Absolutely.”