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10/07/2004

 

Chris Matthews, ABC News, & unfactual Fact Checkers


Last night, I posted a quick complaint concerning ABC News.com's bratty "fact checkers" smugly asserting that John Edwards was correct when he asserted at the Tuesday evening debate that Vice President Dick Cheney had linked Saddam Hussein and 9-11: "Unfortunately for Cheney, Edwards was right," the imps wrote.

To back up their assertion, they used part of an answer Cheney had given to host Tim Russert on Meet the Press last year. I pointed out that Cheney's concept was that of a larger region where terrorism was bred, with Iraq at the heart.

It turns out that ABC News.com might have gotten their information from the seldom-watched Chris Matthews on his Hardball TV show. The folks at RNC Research have posted an accurate rebuttal of Matthews (thus ABCNews.com), including this Russert follow up:
RUSSERT: “So the resistance in Iraq is coming from those who were responsible for 9/11?”

CHENEY: “No, I was careful not to say that. With respect to 9/11, 9/11, as I said at the beginning of the show, changed everything. And one of the things it changed is we recognized that time was not on our side, that in this part of the world, in particular, given the problems we’ve encountered in Afghanistan, which forced us to go in and take action there, as well as in Iraq, that we, in fact, had to move on it. The relevance for 9/11 is that what 9/11 marked was the beginning of a struggle in which the terrorists come at us and strike us here on our home territory. And it’s a global operation. It doesn’t know national boundaries or national borders. And the commitment of the United States going into Afghanistan and take down the Taliban and stand up a new government, to go into Iraq and take down the Saddam Hussein regime and stand up a new government is a vital part of our long-term strategy to win the war on terror. America’s going to be safer and more secure in the years ahead when we complete the task in Iraq successfully, and we will complete it successfully.”
We are seeing the Dan Rather-ization of the media, whereby these reporters want so much to believe that these stories are true that they run with them without thinking. And with a certain amount of malice.

Concomitant with this is something I have written from time to time in the past: "When the facts don't fit the model JF Kerry needs to be elected, he or his crew either deny and contradict them or simply invent new ones." Whether they are fully cognizant of this or not, Chris Matthews and the twits behind the ABCNews.com story are part of Kerry's "crew."

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