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The Angry Doctor is racing for the edge...
[Hugh Hewitt] 1/14/04
Howard goes nutty again in his interview with Rolling
Stone, which appears Friday:
Bush's philosophy is: If you're rich, you deserve it, and
poor, you deserve it."
admire George Bush's father ... he tried to be a good president.
is not interested in being a good president.
He's interested in some complicated psychological situation
that he has with his father."
Republicans are just brutal. They do not care what happens
to the future
of the country as long as they stay in
power, and they're willing to do anything they can to stay
aren't answers – they
are ravings. Dean's flirtation with the loony vote went on
display with NPR's Diane Rehmin in
December, but now its on display again.
Dean: Angry. Unstable. Truth-challenged.
Joe Trippi, Dean's campaign manager, knows that this instability
is destructive of everything except the affections of the nuts
in the Democratic primary, so he's trying to airbrush Dean's
record, beginning with the Rehm interview from Dec. 1.
In a confrontation
with CNN's Paula Zahn on Jan. 9, in which Zahn brought up Dean's
trafficking in the conspiracy theory that
the Saudis warned Bush of 9-11's approach, Trippi challenged
Zahn's account of the Dean quote, saying: "No, no, no. I
said that – if you keep reading, you'll see he said he
didn't believe that."
When Zahn objected
that she was just reading a transcript, Trippi interrupted
her repeatedly, and again challenged her: "Could
you keep reading the interview and you'll get to the part where
he says he did not believe it?"
Joe Trippi is lying.
Dean answered a Rehm question on why the president was "suppressing that report," referring
to the Kean Commission report, and Dean answered (and this is
know. There are many, ah, there are many theories. The most
interesting theory that I've heard so far, which is nothing
more than a theory, I can't think it can't be proved, is
he was warned ahead of time by the Saudis.
knows what the real situation is. But the trouble is, by
suppressing that kind of information, you lead to those kind
of theories whether they have any truth to them or not and
they get repeated as fact, so I think the president is taking
a great risk by suppressing the key information that needs
to go to the Kean Commission."
Nowhere does Dean say he doesn't believe the nuttiness. In fact,
he traffics it in such a way as to suggest that it is one of
many credible, possible theories – "Now who knows
what the real situation is?" – and goes on to warn
the president of the need to come clean, which is unnecessary
with lunatic theories like this one.
So why did Trippi
lie so boldly? Because he needs to send out to the troops a
message they can repeat to themselves, regardless
of its factual accuracy. Trippi needed to set up a counter-meme
to Dean's weirdness. Zahn was unprepared for such bald lying,
but not the next journalist, who ought to calmly ask Trippi:
Did Dean use the phrase: "I don't believe the theory?"
The answer, of course, is no. Dean could have said such a thing
and it still would have been irresponsible trafficking in paranoia,
but Dean didn't. He was peddling lunacy. Trippi should live with
it, not lie about it.
Principal Contributor Hugh Hewitt is an author, television
and syndicated talk-show host of the Salem Radio Network's Hugh
Hewitt Show, heard in over 40 markets around the country.
He blogs regularly at HughHewitt.com and he frequently contributes opinion pieces to the Weekly
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