Sunday :: Feb 19, 2006

Matalin Trots Out The J-Word All Too Easily

by Steve

If you watched Meet the Press this morning, you got to see a prime example of how this administration’s defenders manage to equate criticism and dissent with terrorism. David Gregory from NBC News, as well as Maureen Dowd of the NYT were on the panel, along with Mrs. James Carville, Mary Matalin. Gregory was commenting on Shooter’s problems last week and the way his staff did what they damn well pleased in responding, when Matalin lapsed into that pathetic “you criticize us, you are a terrorist” mindset all too easily.

And remember, this is coming from someone involved in outing a CIA agent.

David: there was disagreement and Mary well knows within the White House how this was handled--There were some WH officials who told me this week, it made the President look bad-it raised questions about who is running the rodeo in the White House.
Dowd: This allowed us to see how his behavior and judgment operated in real time-It covered all the problems of the Bush/Cheney administration-secrecy and stonewalling- then blowing off the rules that are at the heart of our democracy-then using a filter to try and put the truth out in a way that would most suit their political needs and then bad political judgment in bungling a crisis.
Matalin: It strikes you as odd (Gregory) because you live in a parallel universe--
Gregory: If the vice president did everything right by disclosing it the way he did-then why did you do a big national interview this week?
Mary: Because you went on a jihad, David-four day jihad-
David: That's an unfortunate use of that word by the way..
Mary: Oh, OK...were you saving up for that line?
Dowd: Mary, it isn't only the press people. He blows off the FISA courts, he blows off the Geneva conventions, he blows off the UN to go to Iraq, he wants to blow off everything. He's got a fever about presidential erosion just the way he had a fever about going into Iraq.

So Matalin thinks that the media holding Cheney accountable for his inactions amounts to a “jihad?” And who was saving up for what line? It was Matalin who said something stupid.

You can write Timmeh here and ask him why he allows Matalin to equate a free press with Islamic terrorism, and you can write Jimmy Carville and ask him if he shares her views.

It also goes without saying that by adopting Matalin's patriotism test, every damn thing she and the right wing said against Clinton would similarly fall into a "jihad", would it not?

Thanks to Crooks and Liars for the picture, link, and video.

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