The conservative blogosphere must be giddy with delight tonight as Dan Rather signed off CBS Evening News for the last time. If there were ever a case of three 2’s beating a King, then this is it; the armchair assholes who claimed victory in kicking out the coot don’t deserve to be doing his laundry.
First off, let’s clear something up: even if the actual papers involved in “Memogate” (horff) were dreamed up at a Kinko’s, the thrust of CBS’s story remains abjectly true: the President and Commander-in-Chief of our own forces was a fucking coward and ducked his service through the pussy-footing of his jerk dad.
Personally, I don’t have any problem with this per se: if I’d been served draft papers in 1969, I would have burned them at a rally and then found property in British Columbia with my Uncle Chuck. What I would NOT do, however, is claim to have been in the National Guard, nor would I have one leg to stand on as the head of this nation’s military.
The way Bush has been given a pass on this issue is further proof that the media is fucking pathetic, second only to the American populace. Now he claims he’s a “war president,” which is a little like a kid flooding his own house with bathwater and claiming to be a sea captain.
But there was one person who tried to show some nads on this issue, and it was Rather. And yes, he should have been a little more careful with sources, but anybody who works in television news (or print, for that matter) knows that worse transgressions happen every day. At Fox News, lying and inventing sources (the whole “people say” trick) has been a daily rite of passage, and last month, we learned that a White House press operative was a shill for the Bush Administration. If there were a stronger word for “hypocrites,” I’d use it.
But alas, Rather takes the fall for the sniveling work of some out-for-blood bloggers (CNN had the audacity to call them “experts”), and gets canned for integrity, and of course, bad ratings. If he were #1, he could sacrifice Weimaraner puppies every night and nobody would mind.
The way these conservative pundits have taken such delight in gloating over Rather’s demise makes me want to puke. Dan Rather provided on-the-scene commentary for JFK’s assassination while Ann Coulter was still shitting her poopypants. He carried Marines to safety in Vietnam, while Rush Limbaugh has trouble getting up a flight of stairs. Yes, he might have been weird, bizarre even, but he was human, which is more than I can say for most everyone else.