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2006/1/19

What is Scott McClellan Smoking?

@ 11:39 PM (104 months, 22 days ago)

So today, during his press gaggle, Bush Spinman Scott McClellan says that the Bush White House doesn't negotiate with terrorists, it puts terrorists out of business.

Let me see if I've got this straight.  Nearly 5 years after September 11, Osama bin Laden is still making audio and video tapes from somewhere in a cave, and Scott McClellan goes before the cameras to say the Bush Crime Team puts terrorists out of business?

If Bushie were truly concerned with putting terrorists out of business, why did he say in March 2002 that he doesn't know or care where Osama is, because Osama isn't his concern?

Q Mr. President, in your speeches now you rarely talk or mention Osama bin Laden. Why is that? Also, can you tell the American people if you have any more information, if you know if he is dead or alive? Final part -- deep in your heart, don't you truly believe that until you find out if he is dead or alive, you won't really eliminate the threat of --

THE PRESIDENT: Deep in my heart I know the man is on the run, if he's alive at all. Who knows if he's hiding in some cave or not; we haven't heard from him in a long time. And the idea of focusing on one person is -- really indicates to me people don't understand the scope of the mission.

Terror is bigger than one person. And he's just -- he's a person who's now been marginalized. His network, his host government has been destroyed. He's the ultimate parasite who found weakness, exploited it, and met his match. He is -- as I mentioned in my speech, I do mention the fact that this is a fellow who is willing to commit youngsters to their death and he, himself, tries to hide -- if, in fact, he's hiding at all.

So I don't know where he is. You know, I just don't spend that much time on him, Kelly, to be honest with you. I'm more worried about making sure that our soldiers are well-supplied; that the strategy is clear; that the coalition is strong; that when we find enemy bunched up like we did in Shahikot Mountains, that the military has all the support it needs to go in and do the job, which they did.

And there will be other battles in Afghanistan. There's going to be other struggles like Shahikot, and I'm just as confident about the outcome of those future battles as I was about Shahikot, where our soldiers are performing brilliantly. We're tough, we're strong, they're well-equipped. We have a good strategy. We are showing the world we know how to fight a guerrilla war with conventional means.

Q But don't you believe that the threat that bin Laden posed won't truly be eliminated until he is found either dead or alive?

THE PRESIDENT: Well, as I say, we haven't heard much from him. And I wouldn't necessarily say he's at the center of any command structure. And, again, I don't know where he is. I -- I'll repeat what I said. I truly am not that concerned about him. I know he is on the run. I was concerned about him, when he had taken over a country. I was concerned about the fact that he was basically running Afghanistan and calling the shots for the Taliban.

http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/20...20020313-8.html

Why Is CNN Turning Into Fox News II?

@ 11:26 PM (104 months, 22 days ago)

Hopefully this will put a nail into the deceptive coffin (built by many Conservatives) that there is some "liberal bias" in the media.

CNN has hired three conservatives this year: Bill Bennett, Glenn Beck, and Armstrong Williams.

Bill Bennett, who interestingly wrote "The Book of Virtures," said on his syndicated radio show that if you aborted every Black baby, you could watch the crime rate go down.

Glenn Beck has made a string of controversial statements, including saying it took him a year to begin hating the families of the victims of 9/11, and that he was contemplating whether to hire someone to kill Michael Moore, or do it himself. 

Armstrong Williams, as you might remember, was caught up in a "payola" scandal, after it came to light that he was being paid by the Bush Administration to write op/eds praising the No Child Left Behind Act.

If you care about integrity in the media, contact CNN and voice your displeasure over them providing this platform for neocon hate speech.

http://mediamatters.org/items/200601170010

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