A Brief Missive on Political “Talking Heads” and Outright Lying

I hate getting political in my blog, but I simply could not let this stand.  So, if you despise the venomous dialog that characterizes what some call “political debate” in this country today then please, please, please skip today’s nonscheduled blog.

I was listening to Rush Limbaugh today. He made the statement that President Obama campaigned directly against the exact operation he ordered earlier this week to kill Osama bin Laden in Pakistan.

This despite the fact that, in August of 2007, candidate Barack Obama said in a policy speech at the Woodrow Wilson Center:

“As President, I would make the hundreds of millions of dollars in U.S. military aid to Pakistan conditional, and I would make our conditions clear: Pakistan must make substantial progress in closing down the training camps, evicting foreign fighters, and preventing the Taliban from using Pakistan as a staging area for attacks in Afghanistan.

“I understand that President Musharraf has his own challenges. But let me make this clear. There are terrorists holed up in those mountains who murdered 3,000 Americans. They are plotting to strike again. It was a terrible mistake to fail to act when we had a chance to take out an al Qaeda leadership meeting in 2005. If we have actionable intelligence about high-value terrorist targets and President Musharraf won’t act, we will.”

Did Rush Limbaugh just make a mistake? Did he perhaps just not know that this was Barack Obama’s public stand as a candidate?

No. He did know. Mr. Limbaugh in fact lied.

How do we know that? Because I remember Mr. Limbaugh attacking Mr. Obama at the time. So, I looked up those previous comments. In response to Mr. Obama’s policy speech, Rush Limbaugh said on September 20, 2007:

“Well, we’ve got another tape from — I get these guys confused — Usama bin Laden. Another tape says he’s going to invade Pakistan and declare war on Pakistan and Musharraf, which, ladies and gentlemen, puts him on the same page with a Democrat presidential candidate — that would be Barack “Uss-Obama.” And let’s go back to August 1st: “U-Bama” gave a speech on counterterrorism, and here’s a portion of what he said.”

Mr. Limbaugh then played this quote from Mr. Obama’s above-cited policy speech:

“If we have actionable intelligence about high-value terrorist targets and President Musharraf will not act, we will.”

After that, Mr. Limbaugh followed up with:

“All right, so, we’re going to attack Pakistan. Poor Musharraf’s going to get it on both ends if Barack’s elected.”

That’s pretty pathetic. Anybody else besides me getting fed up with these talking heads, from both sides of the political spectrum, deliberately lying about the people whom they don’t like rather than just debating their policy differences?

I find this especially hypocritical coming from the Christian right and the likes of self-professed “religious” individuals such as Sean Hannity (yes, I’ve caught him doing this type thing as well) because such tactics run directly counter to Commandment Nine of the Ten Commandments:

Thou Shall Not Bear False Witness Against Thy Neighbor.

Shame, shame, shame on those of all political stripes who partake of such tactics.

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One response to “A Brief Missive on Political “Talking Heads” and Outright Lying

  1. Enough already

    I totally agree. Unfortunately seems to be the way of the times. Any meanes to an end. Was always taught not to lie as it destroys trust. Sad what has become of debate, ground asunder by evil men and women to further their own self importance.