why frequent, kenneth?

3/9/05

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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.

0 thoughts on “why frequent, kenneth?

  1. Salem

    Is somebody still nursing a pulled hamstring? Jeez, it’s just Dan Rather. Does anyone even watch network news anymore?

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  2. Beth

    I agree with this post wholeheartedly. Not that I have any burning love for Dan Rather, but I really think he got the short end of the stick on this one. Ian, I *loved* the kid and the bathwater analogy–that’s just perfect!

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  3. badbobusnret

    “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.”
    My , my, what a vent 35 years too late. Talk about Monday morning quarterbacking….heck if I had been alive in 1933 I would have killed Hitler!
    “the President and Commander-in-Chief of our own forces was a fucking coward and ducked his service…”
    Cmon- give me a fucking break..we’ve already analytically proven that GW is smarter than your buddy Kerry.
    His record does show he has 350 hours flying F-102’s….a real widow-maker. Scroll down to your entry about driving on the Jersey turnpike…now multiply x 1000. That equals how much bigger GW’s balls are than yours…..
    “Now he claims he’s a “war president,”
    Yeah..sure I guess Iraq and Afghanistan don’t count. Get real.
    Rather’s journalistic legacy will be forever colored with the Rathergate Incident…the word “discredited” will follow his name the same way “philanderer” will follow Bill Clinton’s….. Yeah- Rather was a Marine…for about 45 days when he FLUNKED out of OCS….thats a fact, Jack, I mean Ian.
    All I know is- “You’re Red on the Noodle, like a Pecker on a Poodle”.
    Take a stiff drink and try to prepare yourself for fatherhood. That’s an order.
    B2

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  4. Steve

    And I was starting to enjoy your blog, until I saw that you’re just another pathetic Bush-Hater. Gotta agree with everything badbobusnret says above.
    Where’s the proof of *anything* you say about Bush’s National Guard service? I think if it existed, we would have seen it by now. On the other hand, I have to agree with you that the (main stream) media is pathetic, because of the complete pass they gave Kerry on his military service.
    You have to admit, if the SwiftVets had come forward to oppose Bush, the media would have been all over it 24/7.

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  5. kent

    > “the President and Commander-in-Chief of our own
    > forces was a fucking coward and ducked his
    > service…”
    >
    > Cmon- give me a fucking break..we’ve already
    > analytically proven that GW is smarter than
    > your buddy Kerry.
    Um, what the hell are you talking about? Whatever shortcomings Kerry had — and I was never a fan — Bush most definitely ducked substantive military services, failed to show up for his last year of required service, and only got into the reserve, to avoid the draft, because strings were pulled for him.
    Are you saying he was smarter because he didn’t go to Vietnam? Perhaps. The above-mentioned Uncle Chuck joined the Air Force Reserve for the same reason. I would have been CO, but I’m a Quaker.
    The fact that Bush never dealt with war first hand is a factor to consider when he sends Americans off to die for his pride. No one who has actually fought in a war is so eager to squander money and human capital on pointless destruction, death, and cruelty.
    A War President is Lincoln, or FDR, who, when faced with a real challenge to the country’s safety, tried to prosecute a war to win with as much dignity and principle as the undertaking allowed. Bush is a man with the blood of thousands on his hands and nothing to show for it.
    And Rather didn’t flunk out of the Marines, he was discharged when they found out he’d had rheumatic fever. He volunteered even though he was 4F.
    Bush is pathetic with respect to military service compared to either Rather or Kerry. To believe otherwise is to believe fairy tales, told by idiots.

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  6. il pape

    The rightwing bloggers real victory was deflecting attention from the rest of the 60 Minutes broadcast. No one ever refuted the Texas pol who pulled strings to get W into TANG (as a favor to GHWB).
    Not to mention drowning out the TANG secretary who said that while the physical memos weren’t legit, their content was accurate.
    Kudos

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  7. badbobusnret

    Kent,
    re your:
    “Whatever shortcomings Kerry had — and I was never a fan…..”
    Cop out. Don’t fall off the fence Sir. SORELOSER,man?
    “……when faced with a real challenge to the country’s safety,”…….
    Tell that to the relatives of those “murdered” in the WTC on 9-11 or those under the thumb of the Taliban or Baathists….
    “….and nothing to show for it.”
    Tell that to the Iraqi’s who voted last January 30th.
    “..I would have been CO, but I’m a Quaker.”
    Isn’t this a great country where you can BE a Quaker? Speaking of Quakers’, seeing how you are one, why don’t you be more like Gary Cooper in that Civil War movie of the ’50’s. Rather (no pun intended) you are consumed with hate for Bush is all….I can “testify” to that from your vitriol.
    Lastly, 3 points:
    1. Bush is smarter than Kerry. Analytically proven and reported in your own periodical, the NYT:
    http://www.nytimes.com/2004/10/24/politics/campaign/24points.html
    2. Re Rather’s Marine service that is Rather’s story…read the official U.S.M.C. record of his “service”. ANyone can do it on google.
    3. As one of of the linked Williams clan (brother?) I see you are a civil aviation buff. From what you’ve written it appears you are a “Grumman” flyer. If I have the wrong brother you’ll still get it.
    Well, as a fellow Grumman flyer too (3500 hrs/700 carrier landings in F-14 Tomcats w/air medals), I can only say that you ought to know better. With over 350 documented hrs flying F-102’s GW ought to have earned a “tiny” bit of respect from a fellow “pilot”. That “lead- sled” is an unforgiving widow-maker and anyone who flies it is worthy of professional respect. Look it up on google.
    Perhaps if he had filmed his “exploits” in the ANG……?
    B2

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