Entry for September 09, 2005

Hail Dubyus!

The above cartoon is is from Hail Dubyus!, an Illustrated Guide to Mendacity and Folly in the Imperium Americanum by Gregorius alexandrensis, pictor mendacrium stultorumque–Updated Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, except for holidays. (Image reproduced courtesy HAIL DUBYUS! copyright 2005.)  .

The cartoon was posted in response to Reuters coverage of the Time story that Brown had padded his resume which was first disclosed  by Boston Herald business writer Brett Arends  and by  Knight-Ridder reporters Matt Stearns and Seth Borenstein on  September 3.     This was   before Homeland Security Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff named Coast Guard Vice Adm. Thad Allen to  replace FEMA director Brown as head of the Hurrican Katrina federal relief effort.

Remember the cyber alert posted in February 2003 against Martha Raddatz (see yesterday’s entry) by the Center for Media Research, beloved by the likes of Judge Bork and Rush Limbaugh?

But, as usual, ABC was off to the left, to the left of a liberal like Feinstein.

Just before noon EST today, ABC News reporter Martha Raddatz told Peter Jennings how the French and Germans would still have legitimate reasons not to believe Powell’s case and suggested ways they might do so:
“I kept trying to listen to it through the ears of the French and the German. Much of what they heard today, much of what everyone heard today, has been heard before and it is the reason they went along with Resolution 1441, the reason they sent inspectors in and want inspectors to remain. A lot of this evidence they could try to refute. They could say perhaps these colonels, these Iraqi republican guards were freelancing, and who were these defectors? There’s a lot here they can play with.”

The Cemter was criticizing Raddatz’s disbelief of Colin Powell’s claims he made in now-infamous address to the United Nations and the world that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction and posed an imminent threatto — assertions that later proved to be false.

I’m looking forward to tonight’s 20/20 interview. The news release says Powell told Barbara Walters he feels “terrible” and acknowledges it will tarnish his reputation. “Of course it will. It’s a blot. I’m the one who presented it on behalf of the United States to the world, and [it] will always be a part of my record. It was painful. It’s painful now.”

Yesterday the Center posted an alert that the American people don’t really blame Bush for anything that happened with Katrina. Go figure.

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