Thursday, July 14, 2005

From One Extreme to the Other

Thanks to two of my main sources for op-ed opinion pieces, the Greensboro News & Record and, I was able to read today two extremely divergent takes on the Joseph C. Wilson IV–Valerie Plame–Karl Rove situation.

First we have . . . liberal Robert Scheer's "The Real Rove Scandal," published in today's News & Record (originally appearing in the Los Angeles Times), followed by conservative Ann Coulter's "Mission Implausible," courtesy of

We link, you decide.


At Saturday, July 16, 2005 2:54:00 PM, Blogger Roch101 said...

In the first paragraph, Coulter resorts to name-calling ("Clown Wilson"), derogatory mischaracterization ("his paper-pusher wife, Valerie Plame"), slandering her subjects ("foisting their fantasies of themselves on the country") and plain misstatement of fact ("these two have instigated a massive criminal investigation" -- the CIA asked the Justice Department to investigate after Novak's article appeared. Attorney General Tom Ridge excused himself and accommodated the request of the CIA and appointed a Republican as a special investigator.)

I don't know anybody can take this drivel seriously. Compare it to the other piece linked to and you can see one makes an argument on the facts, the other resorts to the most intellectually stunted rantings built on smoke and mirrors, pretending to be legitimate analysis but lacking any application of critical thinking.

At Sunday, July 17, 2005 12:10:00 AM, Blogger Mickey McLean said...

Hi Roch. Welcome back. I take it you don't read Ann all that often. She uses sarcasm to make her points. Sure she's a bit over the top at times, but if you don't agree with her, as you obviously don't, you're certain not to enjoy her style.

As for the other article by Robert Scheer . . . Name calling? I consider calling the president a liar much worst than Ann’s comments. Misstatement of fact? Scheer keeps the fable alive that Wilson and his "CIA-organized mission" to Niger proved that the British intelligence reports President Bush cited in his 2003 State of the Union Address were wrong. Scheer conveniently forgets to mention that Wilson’s claim to have exposed this "lie" has since been disproved by both a bipartisan Senate intelligence committee report and an independent British parliamentary committee. Of course, those findings weren't covered much in the mainstream press. Maybe that’s why Scheer missed it, too.

BTW, I think you mean John Ashcroft rather than Tom Ridge.

At Monday, July 18, 2005 9:35:00 AM, Blogger Roch101 said...

Yes, John Ashcroft, of course. Thanks for the correction.


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