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Libby Fibby, Foxy Spinsy 5

Phillybits caught it.

Fox Lies

The hook is that he was found not guilty of lying to the FBI (one count). He was found guilty of the other four counts: two counts of perjury, one count of making false statements and one count of obstruction of justice.

You know, or you will in a second, I don’t watch much television news, mostly because there’s no depth to the coverage. And I stopped listening to the local all news station when the family that owned it sold it to Clear Channel; Clear Channel dropped CBS and brought in Fox, and the program manager, a man with a long and distinguished career as a radio journalist, and a gracious and gentlemanly person, left for a competitor.

But, boy, there are an awful lot of examples of Fox just plain out lying about stuff.

Kinda like Bush.


Of course Scooter was the fall guy. But I’m sure the poor schnook is surprised that he’s actually having to take the fall.

I feel sorry for Scooter. He did what he was asked to do. The real culprits are those who asked him to do it. But one can forget accountability, except perhaps in Robert Gates’s DOD, just as one can forget truth, as far as the current Federal Administration is concerned.

I would emphasize that this has nothing to do with “conservative” or “liberal.” Wherever one might fall along the political continuum, one should be able to tell–and hear–the truth.

One of the things that concerns me about the NeoConservative movement and some of its supporters is this: Like Jack Nicholson in A Few Good Men, some of its leaders seem to think that their followers can’t handle the truth. Much as we saw here, they cower and run from open debate and clear skies.

I conclude that, in a free marketplace of ideas, that fear can mean only one thing: They fear the truth will not sell, that it will undermine, rather than build, their followers’ allegiance.

Therefore, they lie to keep their supporters.

How sad for a want-to-be leader to have to build his or her movement on lies.

And how morally reprehensible, how bankrupt, how morally and spiritually empty.

It must be a sad and lonely thing to be a NeoCon.



  1. Opie

    March 6, 2007 at 9:40 pm

    I was at home today getting a new furnace installed when the verdict was announced. I watched Fox for most of the afternoon and have to say that this screenshot is misleading. There was never any attempt to make it sound that Libby was exonerated. The verdict was plainly announced and in the course of the afternoon there were talking heads from both sides of the issue voicing their opinion.

    I don’t go out of my way to defend “the press” (as it exists in the institution we’ve made of it in Western civilization today,) but this screen shot you were given is merely an attempt to put a spin on the spin. It’s not accurate reporting of how Fox covered the story.

  2. Karen

    March 7, 2007 at 10:15 am

    Frank is right about 1 thing, though. Libby was the fall guy. For whom, we have a good idea. But will it come out? I strongly doubt it. Wouldn’t that look good, in future writings? “Ruined a woman’s career because he husband spoke a truth I didn’t like”.

  3. Phillybits

    March 7, 2007 at 12:28 pm

    “There was never any attempt to make it sound that Libby was exonerated.”

    Perhaps. But they’re definitely trying to spin it like he should.

  4. Karen

    March 10, 2007 at 8:59 am

    I’ll say this now. At the end of the current term, along with the other pardons, will be Libby. He’s probably been told to let the legal process run its course, but he’ll have no conviction to his name. It won’t be done now, but I’m betting it will be.

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