Saturday, September 23, 2006

Not the Best, but he's up there....

this is worth reading...if only for a minute. click and read. some folks make me proud to be an american. that's a nice feeling these days.

3 comments:

The Hud said...

You know, I've been thinking about this for a bit now. I'm not concerned about all the effects of spin and creative editing; that all seems obvious. But, from the momment I read this I was a little disturbed. I like that Clinton didn't take no guff from the Fox news guy (honestly, I don't think you can simultaneously claim that to question the president is unAmerican while questioning the exPresident in exactly the same way without being a hypocrite). But I was dismayed to hear our former president talk about trying to kill someone. I recognize that there might be conditions under which it becomes important for the leader of a nation to choose the death of one to save numerous others. This felt different though; "I tried to kill him." That seems like part of the problem.

Polly said...

(honestly, I don't think you can simultaneously claim that to question the president is unAmerican while questioning the exPresident in exactly the same way without being a hypocrite).

unsure if we are talking about the same thing, i'd say that the issue here is that Bush hasn't gotten the hard questions and he is IN power, whereas Clinton gets sandbagged. I think the question for clinton would have been in line if there hasn't been YEARS of fluff interviews with the administration by this same network (Fox News).

The Hud said...

That's basically the point I was trying to make. As I recall the folks over at Fox News get all uppity when folks start demanding answers to hard questions of the president. They tend to accuse those who question the administration of being unAmerican or unPatriotic, or worse, of actually being in league with terrorists. My thought is that if all of those accusations are true then they should be just as true for the former president as the current. To attack the president's policies, on their view, is to weaken the president in the eyes of the public. This should be true for attacking the former holder of the office as well as the current holder of the office. But, I suspect that is one of the big differences between them and the rest of us; they think the president is the man, I think the president is the office.

I'm all for hard questions. I just think that Fox's position has been to not ask those questions. Asking them now of Clinton is what I am calling hypocritical.