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Zell Miller may have met his match.

There's a new Sheriff in town. As the Republican spin machine attempts to convince the world that it's ok to commit treasonous acts so long as you can later lie about having had good intentions in the first place, they are also spewing forth some real gems:
...And Joe Wilson has no right to complain. And I think people like Tim Russert and the others, who gave this guy such a free ride and all the media, they're the ones to be shot, not Karl Rove.

Wow. Congressman Peter King, (R) from NY. Republicans not only claim the media is against them... the media that HELPED them drum up support for the war... the war that they misled the world into almost supporting... using a case they KNEW was factually innacurate... using rumors that Joe Wilson amongst others had debunked as--well--rumors... not only does Joe Wilson's wife deserve to have been outed, but any members of the press that dare question it, or dare let Wilson air his side of the story, well, they should be shot.

Remarkable. Astonishingly remarkable that the irony of these arguments is lost on supposedly intellectual, or at least supposedly intelligent, members of our Federal Government.

Nevermind that Plame was undercover. Nevermind that she worked for a company that employed many other undercover agents that were outed the moment she was, a long-standing front company rendered useless, putting many agent's lives in danger. None of that matters. What matters is that Joe Wilson dared speak out about the shitpile of lies Bush/Cheney spewed forth in the State of the Union and the surrounding months, and those god damned members of the meeeedia dared print a word of it. Those bastards.

If only they could all be more like Chris Matthew's first 20 minutes today, where he allowed closeted Repub Ken Mehlman, Chairman of the gay-hating RNC, and therefore the Queen of Irony, to speak unopposed, beautifully slobbering out the talking points. Karl Rove is a hard worker. He's had a distinguished career. I'm not going to prejudge. The Dems are playing politics with this. Follow that with some Andrea Mitchell (Karl Rove wouldn't lie) and some David Gergen (This isn't that huge of a thing) and some Matthews sidebars (Karl Rove wouldn't lie to the grand jury) and bingo, one more news cycle can melt into history.


Now, to be fair, Matthews did bring in 7-or-8-or-I've-lost-count-now-time-loser Bob Shrum to hack it out with a Republican on the undercard towards the end of the show. Transcript not yet available, but try here if you wanna. But thus is our TV News Production lesson for the day:

Unopposed Republicans are good.
Unopposed Democrats are evidence of media bias.
Unopposed Joe Wilsons make Congressman Peter King, (R) from NY call for your execution.

I'm not liberal, I'm just paying attention


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