We have met the enemy and it is us.
You see, just a moment before, Andrea Mitchell repeated a lying smear forwarded by the Vice President's office -- that Joe Wilson said the Vice President sent him to Niger. That is a lie. It has been debunked. And yet, here she is again, Mrs. Alan Greenspan, who has been lying and covering up on this for 2 years, doing it one more time.
And Tweety has been playing along too. From the Howler:
No, Joe Wilson didn't really say that Dick Cheney sent him to Africa. "In February 2002, I was informed by officials at the Central Intelligence Agency that Vice President Dick Cheney's office had questions about a particular intelligence report," he wrote in his famous New York Times piece. "The agency officials asked if I would travel to Niger to check out the story so they could provide a response to the vice president's office." . . . [E]veryone agrees--Cheney's office did ask the CIA, and this did lead to that now-famous trip. . . . But so what? Bush's White House wanted to claim that Wilson-said-that-Dick-Cheney-sent-him. That would help them explain why Rove told Matt Cooper that Wilson was sent by his wife. (This is why they've been trashing Wilson for the one misstatement he really didn't make.) And so, WTF! They began to say it: Wilson said Cheney sent him to Niger! No, it really wasn't true, as you could see if you read Wilson's column. But you know how those bleary-eyed TV hosts are! For the past two weeks, we've seen big hosts stare off into air as this claim keeps getting repeated. RNC spokesmen knew they could say it. TV hosts flat didn't care.
Yes Andrea. Yes Tweety. Yes Broder. Yes, DC Media, there is a crisis.
You are all a bunch of incompetent shills. That's the crisis.