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Tilting at Windmills

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September 14, 2003
By: Kevin Drum

MISSPEAKING? EXAGGERATION? DISSEMBLING? INNOCENT MISTAKES?....Guess today's theme:

  • Paul Krugman: "I don't think there's been anything like this before. We're not talking about disagreements about policy at this point, we're just talking about people who insist that things that are flatly not true are true, that black is white, up is down."

  • Josh Marshall: "Even applying so low a standard as that by which we judge incidents with four-year-olds and cookie jars, [Dick] Cheney's statement that "we just don't know" whether Saddam was involved in the 9/11 attacks is a lie.

    "Why do 69% of Americans continue to believe that Iraq may have been involved in 9/11? Many reasons. But one of the most important is that their leaders keep lying to them."

  • Tucker Carlson: "I've obviously been lied to a lot by campaign operatives, but the striking thing about the way [Karen Hughes] lied was she knew I knew she was lying, and she did it anyway. There is no word in English that captures that. It almost crosses over from bravado into mental illness."

  • Al Franken: "'By far, the vast majority...goes to the people at the bottom.' That is what George W. Bush told America. The truth is that the bottom 60 percent got 14.7 percent. Gee, that's a pretty significant misstatement, don't you think?

    "....We have to fight back....And we have to do it in a straightforward, plainspoken way. Let's call them what they are: liars. Lying, lying liars."

Did you guess "George Bush and his advisors lie a lot"? Congratulations!

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