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Matthews: Bush a Phoney on "Civility" Since He "Jammed" Iraq
"What did you make of the President’s appeal
for comity, for civility?...Back when he wanted something, you could argue,
in the worst way, which was authorization for possible military action
against Iraq, he jammed that vote right up against the election of 2002.
That wasn’t a very civil thing to do....Was that a civil move?"
— MSNBC’s Chris Matthews to Sen. John McCain during live coverage of the
State of the Union, January 31.
Amanpour declares Iraq war a ‘disaster’
“We have to have an independent eye on these conflicts. The war in Iraq has
basically turned out to be a disaster And journalists have paid for it, paid
for the privilege of witnessing and reporting that. And so have many, many
other people who have been there. And I think that's terribly, terribly
difficult for us. And unfortunately, for some reason which I can't fathom, the
kind of awful thing that's going on there now on a daily basis has almost
become humdrum. So when something happens to people that we identify, like Bob
and like Doug, we wake up again and realize, no, this is not acceptable,
what's going on there. And it's a terrible situation.”
Larry King: “Well said.”
Exchange between CNN’s chief international correspondent,
Christiane Amanpour, and Larry King, CNN, Larry King Live, Jan. 30,
Schieffer: U.S. "Losing Moral High Ground?" & Touts Gas Tax
"Let’s talk a little bit about this whole idea
of eavesdropping without court orders....Do you believe that there is anything
that a president cannot do, if he considers it necessary, in an emergency like
"When we see some of these horror stories about torture, about
things that have happened in some of these prisons, do you worry that maybe
we’re losing the moral high ground in some way?"
— CBS anchor Bob Schieffer in a pre-taped interview with President Bush
shown on Face the Nation, Jan. 29.
Laden Tape Released in Time to Help President Bush?
“The last time we got a
tape from Osama bin Laden was right before the 2004 presidential election. Now
here we are, four days away from hearings starting in Washington into the
wiretapping of America’s telephones without bothering to get a court order or
a warrant, and up pops another tape from Osama bin Laden. Coincidence? Who
Jack Cafferty, The Situation Room, CNN, January 19, 2006.
Belafonte Calls Bush “Greatest Terrorist in the World”
Harry Belafonte: "No
matter what the greatest tyrant in the world, the greatest terrorist in the
world, George W. Bush says [possible edit jump as video switches to crowd shot
and then back to Belafonte], we're here to tell you: Not hundreds, not
thousands, but millions of the American people, millions support your
revolution, support your ideas and we are expressing our solidarity with you."
Singer and activist Harry Belafonte, from Venezuelan TV and aired
on Hannity & Colmes, Fox News Channel, Jan. 9, 2006.
Letterman Slams Iraq War, Praises Cindy Sheehan
Bill O’Reilly: “The
soldiers and Marines are noble. They're not terrorists. And when people call
them that, like Cindy Sheehan called the insurgents 'freedom fighters,' we
don't like that. It is a vitally important time in American history. And we
should all take it very seriously. Be very careful with what we say."
Letterman: "Well, and you should be very careful with what
you say also." [audience applause]
O'Reilly: "Give me an example."
Letterman: "How can you possibly take exception with the
motivation and the position of someone like Cindy Sheehan?"
O'Reilly: "Because I think she's run by far-left elements
in this country. I feel bad for the woman."
Letterman: "Have you lost family members in armed
O'Reilly: "No, I have not."
Letterman: "Well, then you can hardly speak for her, can
O'Reilly: "I'm not speaking for her. Let me ask you this
Letterman, referring back to O'Reilly's examples of a war on
Christmas: "Let's go back to your little red and green stories."
O'Reilly: "This is important, this is important. Cindy
Sheehan lost a son, a professional soldier in Iraq, correct? She has a right
to grieve any way she wants, she has a right to say whatever she wants. When
she says to the public that the insurgents and terrorists are 'freedom
fighters,' how do you think, David Letterman, that makes people who lost loved
ones, by these people blowing the Hell out of them, how do you think they
feel, waht about their feelings, sir?"
Letterman: "What about, why are we there in the first
place? [applause] The President himself, less than a month ago said we are
there because of a mistake made in intelligence. Well, whose intelligence? It
was just somebody just get off a bus and handed it to him?"
Bill O'Reilly: "No."
Letterman: "No, it was the intelligence gathered by his
O'Reilly: "By the CIA."
Letterman: "Yeah, so why are we there in the first place? I
agree to you, with you that we have to support the troops. They are there,
they are the best and the brightest of this country. [audience applause]
There's no doubt about that. And I also agree that now we're in it it's going
to take a long, long time. People who expect it's going to be solved and
wrapped up in a couple of years, unrealistic, it's not going to happen.
However, however, that does not eliminate the legitimate speculation and
concern and questioning of ‘Why the Hell are we there to begin with?'"
O'Reilly: "If you want to question that, and then revamp an
intelligence agency that's obviously flawed, the CIA, okay. But remember, MI-6
in Britain said the same thing. Putin's people in Russia said the same thing,
and so did Mubarak's intelligence agency in Egypt."
Letterman: "Well then that makes it all right?"
O'Reilly: "No it doesn't make it right."
Letterman: "That intelligence agencies across the board
makes it alright that we're there?"
O'Reilly: "It doesn't make it right."
Letterman: "See, I'm very concerned about people like
yourself who don't have nothing but endless sympathy for a woman like Cindy
Sheehan. Honest to Christ." [audience applause]
O'Reilly: "No, I'm sorry."
Letterman: "Honest to Christ."
O'Reilly: "No way. [waits for applause to die down] No way
you're going to get me, no way that a terrorist who blows up women and
Letterman: "Do you have children?"
O'Reilly: "Yes I do. I have a son the same age as yours. No
way a terrorist who blows up women and children is going to be called a
'freedom fighter' on my program." [mild audience applause]
Letterman: "I'm not smart enough to debate you point to
point on this, but I have the feeling, I have the feeling about 60 percent of
what you say is crap. [audience laughter]
Exchange between Bill O’Reilly and David Letterman, The Late Show
with David Letterman, Jan. 3, 2006.
Rather Suggests “First Husband” Bill Clinton
Dan Rather: "Mr
President, when we traveled with you in China, you weren't aboard Air Force
One. Do you miss it?"
Bill Clinton: "Well, I don't miss the trappings so much,
but I loved the plane because it's a great place to work."
Rather, looking bemused: "Do you, in some quiet moment, look
forward to the time maybe when you fly on it in a different capacity, as First
Clinton chuckled, then responded: "Well, the answer to that
is no, I don't. I don't think about that and I have urged all of Hillary's
supporters not to think about that, because she's got to run for re-election.
And it's a big hazard for anybody who's up for re-election to think about
anything but re-election."
Rather, trumpeting Geena Davis on ABC's Commander-in-Chief: "Well,
as you know, we now have on television, we have a woman President of the
Clinton: "Yeah, Geena Davis."
Rather: "Is the country ready for a woman President, a real
woman President as opposed to one on television?"
Clinton: "I don't know. My gut is, yes, that if a woman
came across as strong and seasoned and well prepared, if you said the right
things in the right way and you had a good record to back it up, my gut is,
yes. But the hard truth is we won't know until it happens."
Rather, narrating over video of Clinton with AIDS patients in
China: "For now, Mr. Clinton says he's concentrating his efforts on AIDS.
But globe-trotting can take its toll. In China, the President seemed grayer
and thinner than the last time we had seen him."
Exchange between reporter Dan Rather and former President Bill
Clinton, 60 Minutes, Jan. 1, 2006.