Stephonopoulos fails to fact-check Giuliani
by Pravin, Fri Jan 08, 2010 at 05:29:32 PM EST
I am sure you all have heard of Rudy the Liar talking about how there were no attacks during Bush's Presidency, but there was one during Obama's. This was on Good Morning America and George Stephonopoulos failed to correct him.
What is even worse is when Rudy's spokesman offered a clarification/retraction/spin, George acts like his only mistake was failing to bring up 9/11 and makes the mistake of giving the content of the clarification credibility.
This was on George's blog.
Through his spokesman, Rudy Giuliani has clarified the remarks he made this morning on GMA regarding terrorist attacks on the United States under Presidents Bush and Obama.
The Mayor's spokesman says that the remark "didn't come across as it was intended" and that Giuliani was "clearly talking post-9/11 with regards to Islamic terrorist attacks on our soil."
Whatever the Mayor meant, it's not what he said. All of you who have pointed out that I should have pressed him on that misstatement in the moment are right. My mistake, my responsibility.
How does a smart guy who was one of the hyped "brilliant" guys from the doc War Room which would include presence of mind to come up with quick thinking strategies to boost the Clinton presidency against republican talking points fall asleep at the wheel here. Is it possible the urge to build his own personal career at ABC shuts down the intelligent part of his brain?
Does one really believe George forgot to ask him about 9/11? And even if he thought Rudy was probably referring to the post 9-11 period, even a day later, George doesn't seem to remember Richard Reid aka the incompetent shoe bomber happened post 9-11? Or what about the soldier who went psycho on his fellow soldier and which predated the Ford Hood shootings?
Here is a link to a Huff Post columnist Jason Linkins' take on the issue which is similar to mine.
But the narrative, remember, is the media's most precious bodily fluid. And once you've embarked on a critique of Obama's response to the Christmas Crotchfire attack, I guess it just wouldn't be sporting to switch gears and ask the public figure most connected to the September 11th attacks how it came to pass that he forgot who was President at the time.
Now, look: maybe what Giuliani wants to say is that there were no domestic attacks under Bush after September 11th. In that case...oh, wait, he's still wrong. Let's recall that the precursor to the Christmas Crotchfire attack was "shoe bomber" Richard Reid. His attack -- a virtual parallel to Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab's -- occurred on December 22, 2001. I'm almost positive Bush was President at the time. Viewers got to see Reid's visage flash on their screens, so it's not like ABC News isn't aware of his existence.
Of course, what's scintillatingly dumb about this is that ABC News knows full well that Rudy's weird memory lapse is the big story here. In the emails they've sent out, pimping this story to reporters, the subject line reads, "Rudy Giuliani to ABC News: 'No Domestic Attacks Under Bush. ... One Under Obama.'" The title of Stephanopoulos' after-action blog post is the same. They're fully aware that it's the quote that's going to resonate with people. They want credit for pulling it out of Giuliani. They just want you to ignore the teensy little fact that they totally bollixed that moment of the interview.