"Rush Limbaugh talks race relations." You know, that Rush Limbaugh–the guy who once quipped, "Have you ever noticed how all newspaper composite pictures of wanted criminals resemble Jesse Jackson?"
When Dick Cheney appeared on the Today show, at the conclusion of the interview a camera that shows the crowd outside the studio picked up this image: That sign probably represented the harshest take on Cheney's record that TV viewers saw during the PR campaign for his book. Unsurprisingly, it caught someone's attention over at Fox News, and on Sunday host Chris Wallace decided to use it in a question about liberal media bias. That's not surprising. Cheney's response, though, is worth a look: WALLACE: What do you make of that? I mean, I somehow doubt that if Hillary Clinton […]
Steve Benen of Political Animal points out a couple of strange questions posed by corporate journalists–one to each of last year's major presidential candidates. In this post, Benen quotes an unnamed New York Times reporter (apparently either Sheryl Gay Stolberg or Steven Lee Meyers) basically red-baiting Barack Obama: "The first six weeks have given people a glimpse of your spending priorities. Are you a socialist as some people have suggested?" The same reporter, or maybe a different one–I guess they were speaking ex cathedra–later pressed Obama: "If you're not a socialist, are you a liberal?" In a later post, Benen […]
At a screening of the film Frost/Nixon, Fox News Channel's Chris Wallace defends George W. Bush against the assertion–which doesn't seem to have been made by anyone present–that Bush's crimes were worse than Richard Nixon's (Salon, 12/2/08): It trivializes Nixon's crimes and completely misrepresents what George W. Bush did. Whatever George W. Bush did was after the savage attack of 9/11, in which 3,000 Americans were killed, it was done in service of trying to protect this country. I'm not saying that you have to agree with everything he did, but it was all done in the service of trying […]