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Perfidious Quotation Games

By on 8.28.06 | 6:12PM

Maureen Dowd famously did it. So have many other intellectually dishonest so-called journalists. Now some dude in Maine--L. Sandy Maisel the director of the Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement at Colby College--has done it in a local paper up there, probably making my name mud (unfairly) at the Bush family compound in Kennebunkport. If I get time tomorrow, I will try to track down the columnist to demand a retraction in person. Meanwhile, here is a public demand for the same.

By "it," I mean deliberately and dishonestly leaving words out of a quote in order to completely skew the intention of the person being quoted.

Here's the story: Eight days ago, I was quoted by the Wash Post's excellent Peter Baker in this article. Baker got the quote correctly, and like a good reporter he tried to put it into proper context. Baker was quoting this column of mine from this very AmSpec web site. Baker put it thusly:

Derb on Deroy

By on 8.28.06 | 5:42PM

NRO's John Derbyshire has an amusing and appreciated blog post on The Corner concerning our September cover story by Deroy Murdock. To all you non-subscribers out there, the excellent story by Mr. Murdock provides one more good reason to subscribe to our mag. See the "Subscribe" link on our home page to do so! Meanwhile, it's worth noting that Giuliani is as Reaganite as they come when it comes to taxes, spending, unions, political correctness (i.e., he's not), law-and-order, and leadership. On the social issues, though, we still await solid promises from him that no matter what his policy preferences, he will appoint strict constructionist/originalist/textualist judges. If believable, such promises might reassure conservatives at least a little bit.....

Re: Emmy Plane Crash

By on 8.28.06 | 5:40PM

Hear, hear. I read about the plane crash and then watched the Emmys, and didn't even make the connection between the Lost parody and the news until I looked at the Drudge Report afterwords. I understand why the Lexington affiliate would have rather put a test pattern over part of the opening skit, and maybe the producers slipped up by not thinking of warning them. But I wouldn't have thought of it, either.

Speaking of the Emmys, kudos to Edie Falco and James Gandolfini: When the Sopranos leads took the stage to present, they gave a shout-out to our men and women in Iraq and Afghanistan. They were the only ones who thought to do that.

Re: Zogby Poll

By on 8.28.06 | 5:08PM

That Zogby poll isn't a traditional phone poll -- it is the "Interactive" version, a self-selected sample of junkies through email. Zogby defends the methodology, but I will wait for the next SurveyUSA poll to weigh the extent of the Macaca damange.

Webb Statistically Even With Allen

By on 8.28.06 | 4:25PM

Latest WSJ/Zogby poll has Webb at 47.9 percent and Allen at 46.6 percent. If that's the Macaca effect alone, I can't see those numbers holding come November. Then again, I'm surprised that Macaca-madness made such a splash in the first place.

Emmy Plane Crash

By on 8.28.06 | 4:01PM

As much fun as it is to make fun of Hollywood liberals, I'm not going to join the pile on over the plane crash skit at the Emmy's that came hours after the real plane crash in Kentucky. It may have been less-than-desirable timing, but I don't see a need for conservative bloggers to create a whole controversy out of it -- that's what liberals are supposed to be for.

A “Who’s Who of (Liberal) Americana”

By on 8.28.06 | 2:38PM

So CBS has engaged Uncle Walter to prop himself up in a chair and introduce Katie the Serious on her first night anchoring CBS Evening News next week. Nice to know she'll have a support group around her to make sure she survives all 22 minutes of broadcast time.

According to Drudge, CBS is promising a "who's who of Americana" to make a big splash. Who else could be among the hyperlib glitterati welcoming Katie? Hillary, for sure. Probably McCain as the token Republican. Will Jimmy Carter be on to flak his new book? How many of the usual suspects will join in? Maureen Dowd, Harry Reid, Barbra Streisand, Nancy Pelosi, and Ned Lamont all seem likely. One face you're sure to not see: Dan Rather won't be visible anywhere that night, unless it's on Hardball with Matthews. Let the games begin. I only wish it were tonight. This is going to be the greatest source of amusement we'll have until Hillary announces her presidential campaign.

Chafee vs. Laffey

By on 8.28.06 | 12:07PM

Hotline reports that the Republican 72 hour program has been activated to help Sen. Lincoln Chafee in his primary against Club for Growth-backed conservative Stephen Laffey:

No Media, No Qassams?

By on 8.28.06 | 10:50AM

Michael Totten, reporting from southern Israel, near Gaza, writes:

"How many rockets are hitting the city right now?" I said.

"Not as many today," he said. "Because of the war in Lebanon."

"What does Lebanon have to do with it?" I said.

"All the journalists forgot about us during the Lebanon war. So the terrorists are waiting for the media to come back before firing rockets again. They don't want to waste those they have."

"That can't be the only reason," I said. "The IDF has been active in Gaza this entire time. Surely that has something to do with it."

"Yes," he said. "Also because of the IDF."

Later two more Israelis repeated what Shika said about Hamas and Islamic Jihad cooling their rocket launchers while the media's attention was elsewhere. I haven't heard any official confirmation from either side that it's true.