12.31.2009

Maddow Levels Dick Cheney, Challenges National Media

Last night, Rachel Maddow took on Dick Cheney & Republican opportunists' illogical, hypocritical and easily fact-checked lies and attacks on President Obama's response to the attempted bombing of Flight 253, challenging our national media to start doing the same:

Shameless Cheney ignores own record to cast stones

After five days of Republicans owning the airwaves on this issue, doubling and then tripling down on politicizing this thwarted terrorist attack, with almost no opposition from the Democrats, the maestro of terror politics, Mr. Cheney, gave a statement to Politico.com today. Not decrying the terrorist incident itself, but instead using that attack as an opportunity to bash the president, to accuse the president of not keeping America safe.

Now, as is often the case in politics, when attacks from one side go unanswered for a long time, when one side gets the platform all to themselves, that side can sometimes get over-exuberant. They can overplay their hand. Republicans, left to their own devices, have in this case excitedly launched a series of obviously baseless, factually incorrect, demonstrably untrue and hypocritical attacks.

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Again, my friends and colleagues in the media have two choices in covering this."You can just copy down what the Republicans and Vice President Cheney are saying, and click "send," call it journalism, or you can actually fact-check those comments and put them into context. Your choice. It’s your country."

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