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Over the past few days, through the wonder of the Internet, I have looked through many newspaper and magazine articles that were written by Conservatives during their propaganda campaign for the Iraq war, during the early days of the war, and up through Bush's "surge" in 2007.

What's notable to me, especially in light of Gerard Alexander's Washington Post op-ed from the other day, is the level of derision, scorn, contempt and blind rage the Conservatives continually heaped on anybody who opposed Bush's policies.

In many cases, derision and scorn mutated into outright character assassination. Their level of vitriol is astounding. So is their willingness to ruin people's reputations in order to suppress any opposition.

What's even more amazing is that these same people, who ended up being wrong about virtually every aspect of the Iraq war and most other aspects of the Bush presidency, are still writing in the pages of major publications, still spouting their same tired old lines on the same television programs, and, worse yet, still being treated as experts!

Why would the media continue to offer these people the same level of deference and respect? Just because they've been around for so long? Is there really no one else to turn to?

At a later date, I will try to post specific links to specific writers, and create a side-by-side comparison of what was said and what actually occurred in "reality" - that realm of experience the Conservatives also heaped contempt upon.

For now, here is a short list of writers and politicians to search, if you are so inclined:

Charles Krauthammer
Bill Kristol
Michael Gerson
Fred Barnes
John McCain
Dick Cheney
Liz Cheney
Newt Gingrich
Anyone on Fox News

Conservatives must forgive me for not crying over my beer because they feel hurt by so-called liberal condescension.

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Originally posted to Bare Left on Mon Feb 15, 2010 at 07:52 PM PST.

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Comment Preferences

    •  Nearly all politicians are hypocritical (0+ / 0-)

      All politicians are hypocritical at times, it just comes with the territory. Just to balance things I'll give you one recent example. The Massachusetts open Senate seat when Ted Kennedy passed away. The Mass legislature who had stood on principle to change the long standing law regarding Senate vacancies when they thought Kerry would win, and Romney would appoint a repug, did a quick flip flop when Kennedy died and they wanted a 60th vote in the US Senate. There are very few politicians who don't allow current circumstances to change their views to something more politically expedient. Two who, in my view, are not are Bernie Sanders and Ron Paul.

      "let's talk about that"

      by VClib on Mon Feb 15, 2010 at 08:09:52 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Ask Rupert Murdoch (0+ / 0-)

    Why would the media continue to offer these people the same level of deference and respect?

    Owning that media certainly helps.

    respice adspice prospice

    by Steven Payne on Mon Feb 15, 2010 at 07:58:00 PM PST

  •  All pharisees are hypocrites. (0+ / 0-)

    Didn't you know that?

  •  The thing to understand is this : (1+ / 0-)
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    the media don't work for us. They work for those that pay them. That would be corporations. We are not their customers. All the flacks you listed sold the war because their employers wanted them to. If I could afford major ad buys, then I could tell the media what to report.

  •  Because of their tiny brains (0+ / 0-)

    Not much in those cranial cavities for actual critical thinking.

  •  If you're a second rate talent and know it (1+ / 0-)
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    in a competition that never ends, there's nothing in the world that can cure the pain to your ego.  Eventually you'll say anything and do almost anything in your war with your betters to win some sort of victory, even if only for a day.

    That is the perpetual Republican malady.

  •  I may hate myself in the morning... (0+ / 0-)

    ...but I can't resist:

    Separated at Birth:

    Charles Krauthammer, and

    The Kidcatcher, from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang?

    In looks and personality?

    OK, I'm done.  And I'm sorry.

    "Arguments are to be avoided. They are always vulgar, and are often convincing." -- Oscar Wilde

    by Villagejonesy on Tue Feb 16, 2010 at 12:29:25 AM PST

  •  The Lame Slime Media Won't Do Its Job and (0+ / 0-)

    hold politicians' feet to the fire when they lie to the taxpayers because they want to develop friendships with scumbag politicians and advance their profitable news/entertainment businesses.

    The 4th Estate (Media) has become a totally-owned subsidiary of government functioning as their public relations arm rather than their harshest critic.

  •  Hypocrisy (1+ / 0-)
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    has been systematically rehabilitated by the right wing  since the 60's because of:

    1. Specific hatred of the 60's fixation on authenticity as opposed to 50's conformity
    1. The Noble Lie that Straussians believe the elite must inevitably tell to the masses for their own good, with the elite knowing there is no truth and preserving moral liberty for the aristocracy and assigning middle-class morality to the masses
    1. A double standard being the point, since the Golden Rule levels distinctions and thus is tyranny

    Then let us learn our range: we are something but we are not everything - Pascal

    by jlb1972 on Tue Feb 16, 2010 at 02:59:03 AM PST

    •  Wish I could rec this a dozen times. (1+ / 0-)
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      Also, as a child of the Washington bureaucracy of the late sixties . . . conservative SPOKESPERSONS, as opposed to some of the more radical populist fringes in rural areas of Arkansas, Appalachia, and Idaho, come in two kinds: the lesser minds, of good middle-class insider upbringing, are incapable of seeing their own hypocrisy, suffering from the cognitive compartmentalization that allows them to self-justify policies that are in their economic self-interest without acknowledging their moral and ethical consequences (both parents in this category); while the brighter variety (little brother) simply live in on a plane that has dispensed with archaic ideas like morality, knowing that it is based after all on outmoded traditions and inappropriate animal instincts; however it makes a convenient "cover" for arguing one's self-interest in public places where there are still some people who are swayed or even controlled by those archaic notions.

      I was raised in Washington.  Left there when I came back after a long educational opportunity elsewhere and noticed the stink.

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