Thursday, April 15, 2004

leftist blogs

One of the things that strikes me frequently when reading the leftist blogs is how little interest they have in facts. You read a conservative blog and they say things like "X did Y and that's bad because Z". In leftist blogs you read things like this
Yes, Matt, we're all annoyed and horrified by the prospect that Negroponte may be getting a new job soon. But, we were all pretty horrified that he got his current cushy job in the Bush administration too. How many times can you get outraged by the same guy?
or this
But this is the same Bush who appointed John Negroponte to be ambassador to the United Nations--an ambassador who comes to his new post trailing an abysmal record of official mendacity and a murky relation to the darkest of deeds.
So what did Negroponte do to get them so upset? I have no idea. Most of their readers have no idea. All they care about is that they are told this is yet another thing to be outraged at Bush about.

Or this
I'm of the opinion that the single most partisan act of the commission hearings came from the Attorney General of the United States when he appeared before them and testified as if he were a political hatchet man for Dick Nixon.
So what did the AG do that was so awful? I have no idea, but it was Nixonish which is another word for Satanic.

Or this, from an actual news article
And now, we learn today, at this peak moment, Tenet hears about Moussaoui. Someone might have added 2 + 2 + 2 and possibly busted up the conspiracy. But the president was down on the ranch, taking it easy.
So how would Bush's presence have made a difference? I have no idea. Neither, I suspect does the author. Why should Bush have been so much more concerned about this memo about hijacking an airliner (not crashing it into buildings, mind, just hijacking) and he should have been so much less concerned about reports that Saddam was trying to develop nuclear weapons? I have no idea. But it's something to hate Bush for, so let's not analyze too deeply.

Or this comment about Bush's new policy on the Israeli/Palestinian conflict:
In an obvious move to recover some votes that he rightly loses by being an incompetent buffoon, he panders to the Jewish vote, undoes a couple of decades of slow, spotty progress, and pisses off a huge group of people that we should be trying harder to understand... people with whom we're attempting to occupy the same planet.
What progress did Bush undo? How was the situation any better yesterday than it was decades ago, and how is it worse today? I have no idea.

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