On Page 101, Smith writes, “Bill was caught by White House reporters holding up traffic at Los Angeles International Airport for forty-five minutes while he got a two-hundred-dollar haircut on Air Force One from … Hollywood stylist, Christophe Schatteman.” In fact, Clinton’s haircut did not delay air traffic. As I wrote when Ed Klein included this long-debunked anecdote in The Truth About Hillary, his 2005 attempt to swift-boat Clinton, “The incident, and the debunking of claims that he caused air traffic delays, are sufficiently well-known that it is nearly inconceivable that this is an honest mistake.”
As Media Matters notes Smith claims her book is just full of new insights and revelations when she didn’t even do her own interviews, but rehashes bits and pieces from reports done by other journalists at Time and The New Yorker among others. But the liberal media like the Today Show is all too ready to let her make assertions like the airport myth unchallenged. Then all smiles thanking her for being on the show. One supposes the segments with the likes of Coulter and Smith are ones the network can point to and claim balance, much in the way they could have someone on that asserts the moon is a heavenly body and then give equal time to someone that believes the moon is all and nothing but cream cheese. This strange dichotomy at work where the morning news shows feel they have to have every other hack on in order to present what they consider balance is odd at best. The conservatives kooks are entertaining in their own surreal way and what ever pumps up your ratings, but how about challenging them on the, oh what are those things called…..facts. If the anchors on these shows cut off the Smiths tiresome spin every time they used opinion, conjecture and debunked gossip that might be good for ratings too and many of us watching might start to believe the morning talking heads are actual journalists.
WASHINGTON — Despite President Bush’s claims that Iran is pursuing nuclear weapons that could trigger “World War III,” experts in and out of government say there’s no conclusive evidence that Tehran has an active nuclear-weapons program.
Even his own administration appears divided about the immediacy of the threat. While Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney speak of an Iranian weapons program as a fact, Bush’s point man on Iran, Undersecretary of State Nicholas Burns, has attempted to ratchet down the rhetoric.
Its “curve ball” all over again, Curve Ball . There is what the administration and the wingnut Chicken-littles say and then there is the truth.