Monday, April 25, 2005

All Lies are NOT Created Equal

I was driving home from the bar tonight (not that that is different from most nights), and Alan Colmes happened to be on the radio. Being slightly, umm..., carefree shall we say, I didn’t bother to turn on the CD player or change the station. (As an aside, Colmes definitely has a face made for radio.)

Anyway, Colmes took a call as I was driving. The caller said something to the effect that he didn’t understand why "Bush isn’t being investigated nearly as harshly for his lies about WMD as Clinton was. It isn’t fair!"

Colmes of course agreed. He actually said:

It’s just like the bumper sticker said: When Clinton Lied, No One Died.
I don’t know about any of you, but if you need to use political bumper stickers on your radio show, especially this late after the election, maybe – just maybe – you should stick to flipping burgers. But that isn’t even my real point here.

In case any of you forgot, Clinton knowingly said something at odds with the truth while under oath to tell the, and only the, truth. Bush, on the other hand, made an argument about Iraq based in part on Britain’s, Russia’s, and our own intelligence agencies.

So, who lied and who didn’t? Let’s recap:
Clinton: While under oath to tell THE TRUTH decided to instead say other things that were demonstrably false.
Bush: Used at least two foreign intelligence agencies as well as our own, which should satisfy the internationalists and non-partisans, as one of myriad reasons in an argument in favor of stopping Iraq.

I don’t know about all of you, but for those of you with brains, you can see how this really isn’t equal at all.

Seriously, Alan Colmes, try to be at least a little reasonable when talking to all, what, three hundred listeners? (Seriously, I tried to find numbers on his program, but couldn’t find any. I will update the instant someone sends me a link with some data.)


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