Wednesday, July 18, 2007

The nine lives of self-described Whistleblowers

Mark Styne, August 2004:

But it turns out JOE WILSON LIED! PEOPLE DIED. Of embarrassment mostly. At least I'm assuming that's why the New York Times, MSNBC's Chris Matthews, PBS drone Bill Moyers and all the other media bigwigs Joseph C. Wilson IV suckered have fallen silent on the subject of the white knight of integrity they've previously given the hold-the-front-page treatment, too.
And what about John F. Kerry? Joe Wilson campaigned with Kerry in at least six states, and claims to have helped with the candidate's speeches. He was said to be a senior foreign policy adviser to the senator. As of Friday, Wilson's Web site,, was still wholly paid for by Kerry's presidential campaign.
Heigh-ho. It would be nice to hear his media boosters howling en masse, "Say it ain't so, Joe!" But Joe Wilson's already slipping down the old media memory hole. He served his purpose -- he damaged Bush, he tainted the liberation of Iraq -- and yes, by the time you read this the Kerry campaign may well have pulled the plug on his Web site, and Salon magazine's luxury cruise will probably have to find another headline speaker, and he won't be doing Tim Russert again any time soon. But what matters to the media and to Senator Kerry is that he helped the cause of (to quote his book title) The Politics Of Truth, and if it takes a serial liar to do that, so be it.

November 2005:

November 10th, 2005 at 2:01 pm
OBloodyHell Says:

> In this it resembles nothing so much as those animated cartoon characters who, after being flattened, blown up, or pushed over a cliff, always spring back to life with their bodies perfectly intact. Perhaps, like those cartoon characters, this allegation simply cannot be killed off, no matter what.
Liberals do this constantly. You argue with them on a concept, get them to follow you every single step of the way — yes, that’s true… yep, that follows… uh-huh… ok, right… and then you point out to them that where they are now standing refutes everything they have claimed, utterly. Three days later you’ll hear them arguing from the same idiotic starting point you showed them was blatantly false.

The Liberal Reset Button is the centerpiece of the liberal mindset.

Mind you — I have seen the same in conservatives with regards to certain hot-button issues such as abortion — but, with liberals, it’s incredibly widespread as to the number of subjects/memes covered.

July 2007:
Joe Wilson's Pick? Hillary Clinton

For her part, a delighted Clinton praised the former ambassador -- whose wife, Valerie Plame, had her CIA cover blown by leaks from key players in the White House -- for "standing up to this administration and holding it accountable for the misinformation that led us into the Iraq war."
Wrapping herself in the anti-war mantle that she has never been able to claim with much success -- at least until now -- Clinton added with regard to Wilson, "I'm honored to have his support as we do everything in our power to bring this war to an end and begin bringing our troops home safely."

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