Sometimes I'm not sure what to say about the Dan Rather-ization of the press. They so want to believe something that they make jackasses out of themselves trying to prove it.
Take this bit from TIME mag's web site:
It was one of the most powerful moments of the debate. Dick Cheney listed the many votes John Edwards missed in the Senate and, like a school proctor, chided him for his unimpressive performance. The knuckle wrapping was punctuated with a final blow as Cheney noted that in all his visits to the Senate, the two had never met before that evening on stage.They then assert that it cost the Administration symbolically, since they are "defensive about distorting pre-war and post-war intelligence."
Except it wasn't true. When Elizabeth Edwards joined her husband at the lectern afterwards she pointed out to the Vice President that they had met before. Three times.
In a debate that centered around credibility, it didn't help the Vice President who had come across as so stern and steady to get caught in an inaccuracy.
The Associated Press lists three times the two men had met prior to the debate:
On Feb. 1, 2001, the vice president thanked Edwards by name at a Senate prayer breakfast and sat beside him during the event.So they've caught Cheney is a lie. Halliburton, etc.
On April 8, 2001, Cheney and Edwards shook hands when they met off-camera during a taping of NBC's "Meet the Press," moderator Tim Russert said Wednesday on "Today."
On Jan. 8, 2003, the two met when the first-term North Carolina senator accompanied Elizabeth Dole to her swearing-in by Cheney as a North Carolina senator, Edwards aides also said.
It is possible that Cheney, a man who has probably met enough people to populate a small city since that fateful night in 2003 – nearly two years ago – does not remember having met Edwards. More likely, the veep was engaging in a little hyperbole. Edwards lied about the Saddam-al Qaeda connection, Halliburton, outsourcing, and countless other things, and the media is saying the debate hinged on a bit about how many times the veep and John Edwards have met?
Cheney's point was that Edwards missed a lot of votes – he has – and he underscored it with hyperbole.
Dan-O, I'm sure, is proud of these characters, but it is embarrassing.