Joe Klein finds the fund-raising letter that motivated that “soft-spoken” winger to ask his Congressman his gentle question.
Everyone should read the entirety of the James Fallows piece John linked to, especially for this:
“Out of context” and “false” are useful caveats. But why is the story about Ezekiel Emanuel being on the hot seat in the first place — and not about the campaign of flat lies by McCaughey, Bachman, Palin, and LaRouche? Why are real newspapers quoting what they say any more? (Interestingly, LaRouche’s claims rarely get NYT coverage. In in this case, he is apparently “legitimized” by … McCaughey.) If I start a campaign of lies against somebody and get Soupy Sales plus Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme to agree with me, can I expect them to be regularly publicized in the mainstream press?
And Steve Pearlstein lights into Michael Steele:
After reading his broadside, one is left wondering exactly what health reform plan Steele thought he was attacking. At one point, Steele claims that Democrats would prevent Americans from keeping their doctors or an insurance plan they like. Later, he warns that government will soon be setting caps on how many heart surgeries could be performed in the United States each year. Where is he getting this stuff? Has the chairman of the Republican Party somehow gotten hold of a top-secret plan for a government takeover of the health-care system that GOP operatives snatched during a break-in at Democratic National Committee headquarters?
If all that sounds like a spurious and unsubstantiated allegation, it is. And it fits right in with the cynical lies, distortions and political scare tactics that Steele and other Republicans have used to poison the national debate over health reform.
Have you no shame, sir, have you no shame?
It feels good to be able to cite three establishment media sources talking sense in a single day. Pearlstein and Klein will continue to wank — Klein, in particular will never kick the “yes, Republicans are completely insane, but Democrats aren’t perfect either, some of them like unions too much” habit.
But maybe there’s a little bit of light at the end of the tunnel for our sad sack establishment media. Maybe they’re starting to realize that (1) Republicans have no political power, (2) the teabaggers don’t buy or read their publications anyway, and (3) there might be some value in being honest sometimes. Feel free to ask me “who’s being naive, Doug?”