Conservatives always want to have it both ways on how they are perceived. On the one hand they’re supposedly the strong movement always on the march, resolute and unstoppable such is their might and you’re either with them or against them. On the other hand they’re the poor defenseless little mice suffering insufferable persecution from every strata of society – workers, college students and professors, labor unions that compose everyone from nurses to fire fighters to truck drivers, the press, even though they own much of the press and soldiers that don’t tow the line. You get the idea, their enemies and persecutors are everywhere and the attacks are endless. The story of Conservative student Francisco Nava’s supposed alleged attack at Princeton University made the perfect rallying point for that wussy side of Conservatism and like so many stories incubated and echoed without question by the Republican pundits and blogs this one too turned out to be a hoax, The Conservative Persecution Hoax Exposed
A host of right-wing bloggers joined the outcry. “I wonder if this will get the attention that politically-reversed assaults would get?” mused Glenn Reynolds, the author of the blog, Instapundit. A blogger at Redstate.com mocked author and expert on hate crimes, David Neiwert over the Nava incident, challenging him to report on what could be a “fairly serious hate crime.”
[ ]…But on the night of December 17, as the conservative firestorm was being whipped to a frenzy, there was another development. Nava confessed to Princeton Township Police that he had invented the entire incident. They had suspected the veracity of his tale all along. Signs of an elaborate hoax had been present from the beginning, from Nava’s history of fabricating death threats to his cinematic description of his latest victimization.
Nava’s sham fit neatly into an epidemic of faked hate crimes on college campuses across America. But in their eagerness to stage-manage the unfolding political drama, leaders of the conservative movement ignored these inconvenient details.
When Nava was exposed as a fabricator, his defenders disappeared almost as fast as they had mobilized.
I read about the rumor that
Sludge Drudge and the National Enquirer were spreading about John Edwards a couple days ago and didn’t think much about it considering the sources. What person over the mental age of four takes Drudge’s or the National Enquirer’s stories at face value or Micky Klaus for that matter. Now the Right is using the obviously false rumor to smear Hillary Clinton, pointing to her as the source, From the December 18 edition of ABC Radio Networks’ The Mark Levin Show
Matt Drudge touted a December 19 National Enquirer article that reports former Edwards campaign worker Rielle Hunter is six months pregnant and that according to the Enquirer, “she’s told a close confidante that Edwards is the father of her baby!” As Media Matters further documented, neither Drudge nor Kaus has noted that the Enquirer story to which they link states, “[Edwards confidante Andrew] Young — a 41-year-old married man with young children — now claims HE is the father of Rielle’s baby!” The article also states, ” ‘Andrew Young is the father of Ms. Hunter’s unborn child,’ declared his Washington, D.C.-based attorney.”
During the segment, Levin speculated about whether the story was “another Hillary Rotten [sic] Clinton Plant” and asked, “Who else would leak this to the National Enquirer, whether it be true of false. It would be the Clintonoids with their hemorrhoids, because this is the kind of game they play.”
From simple minds come simple minded conspiracy theories to deflect from long time deranged Clinton hater Matt Drudge. That’s quite a circle jerk Matt Drudge, the National Enquirer, Micky Klaus and Mark Levin. It is part and parcel of Republican presidential politics to never let the facts get in the way of spreading a juicy rumor.
Bush continues his non-denial denial of when and what he knew about the destruction of the CIA tapes, The Weakest of Denials
Q: “Mr. President, there’s ambiguity in the statement that you have no recollection about the existence and destruction of the CIA interrogation tapes. Why can’t you say yes or no about the tapes and their destruction? And, regardless, do you think the destruction of the tapes was the responsible thing to do?”
Bush: “I — it sounds pretty clear to me when I say I have — the first recollection is when Mike Hayden briefed me. That’s pretty clear.
And much like his hypocrisy over the Plame leak and Whitehouse staff since there is an investigation underway he will not elaborate further because he might inadvertently tell the truth.
The experts say that between 20 and 30 percent of all troops returning from combat duty in Iraq and Afghanistan may be suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). But many of VA hospitals didn’t have the special PTSD programs that experts say are vital. Soldiers returning from Iraq are allowed to slip unnoticed into their old lives, and neither the Department of Defense nor the VA does anything to monitor their mental health.
But Bush just got more billions for his optional war in Iraq and one supposes his continued search for Osama Bin Forgotten.
“All cartoon characters and fables must be exaggeration, caricatures. It is the very nature of fantasy and fable.” ~ Walt Disney