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WaPo Calls B.S. on Plame-Wilson Movie

Filed under: General — Aaron Worthing @ 5:15 pm

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I called bull on this movie a few weeks back, but to my pleasant surprise, the WaPo did the same, yesterday:

Hollywood has a habit of making movies about historical events without regard for the truth; “Fair Game” is just one more example. But the film’s reception illustrates a more troubling trend of political debates in Washington in which established facts are willfully ignored. Mr. Wilson claimed that he had proved that Mr. Bush deliberately twisted the truth about Iraq, and he was eagerly embraced by those who insist the former president lied the country into a war. Though it was long ago established that Mr. Wilson himself was not telling the truth – not about his mission to Niger and not about his wife – the myth endures. We’ll join the former president in hoping that future historians get it right.

Really, read the whole thing.  This is the difference between the WaPo and, say, the New York Times.  They do have some principles.

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Helen Thomas: You Know What the Real Problem is? Anti-Muslim Sentiment. And the Joooos!

Filed under: General — Aaron Worthing @ 3:40 pm

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Hey, remember when Helen Thomas said the Jews should be driven out of Israel, and then apologized.  Well, she is back at it again:

“I can call a president of the United States anything in the book but I can’t touch Israel, which has Jewish-only roads in the West Bank,” Thomas said. “No American would tolerate that — white-only roads.”

By the way, that is a complete canard.  Even the Washington Post has been taken in by it (and corrected themselves when the truth was exposed), but it is.  But the hypocrisy on display is stunning.  There isn’t a word denouncing Saudi Arabia for its discrimination against non-Muslims—including having areas of the country forbidden to Christians.  And for that matter she was fired for declaring that she wanted all of Israel to be a Jew-free zone.  She isn’t really opposed to segregation, she just doesn’t like it when it favors Jews (and such segregation didn’t exist, contrary to her lies).

Thomas claimed that “You can not say anything (critical) about Israel in this country.”

Of course she was speaking from prison where she had been locked up for the crime of saying something anti-Semitic, right?  No, of course not.  So, so much for the claim she can’t say it.  These kinds of statements always smack of fascism, since what they are really complaining about is that you are exercising your free speech to shun such speech.

She goes on:

“We are owned by propagandists against the Arabs. There’s no question about that. Congress, the White House, and Hollywood, Wall Street, are owned by the Zionists. No question in my opinion. They put their money where there mouth is…We’re being pushed into a wrong direction in every way.”

But the real problem, according to her, is bias against Muslims and/or Arabs.  Indeed, this speech was made at “an Arab Detroit workshop on anti-Arab bias[,]” and she made herself known on that subject:


Saturday Afternoon Music

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 3:07 pm

“Pay No Attention” by The Stereo, Jamie Woolford’s band before Let Go:

Melodic power pop. Love it.

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