A one-time school project gone terribly, terribly wrong.

26 September 2006

Smackdown & Smackback

Former president Bill Clinton was on Fox News Sunday a couple of days ago. Fox tried to recapture the ground that ABC had lost over their docuficitionary The Path to 9/11.

Having told the former president that they would spend half their fifteen minutes talking about the Clinton Global Initiative, which raised $7 billion in pledges to fight global warming over the weekend, alleged newshound (well some sort of dog, certainly) Chris Wallace waited just long enough to be polite before essentially blaming Clinton for allowing the terrorist attacks of September eleventh, 2001, to take place.

Clinton, then began systematically whacking Wallace, like a puppy-owner with a rolled-up newspaper in hand.

Fox initially trumpeted this as "Clinton goes Wild!" and was broadcasting it in carefully edited snippets, until they realized that people could see the whole thing through the magic of YouTube. Then they started taking down posts as fast as they could. Note: Hanlon says they've caved on that.

For purposes of sheer piss-taking, we present it to you, O Avid Fan, right here:

(Thanks to Raincoaster for her squinty yet alert eye and her earlier post here on the Metroblog about the Gilchrist Militia Numbnuts.)

Meantime, scarcely anyone but the hardest-core *** fans believe that Wallace came off best in that interview. It's always nice to see the journalistic equivalent of a mugging turned on its head.

So this afternoon, the current POTUS felt the need to reply, which he did with his usual aplomb, grace, and verbal agility:

"We'll let history judge all the different finger-pointing and all that business. I don't have enough time to finger-point," he said at a news conference with Afghan President Hamid Karzai.

"I've got to do my job," he added, "and that is to protect the American people from further attacks."

--Via Yahoo! News

Since most of the finger-pointing in this business was directed toward Clinton rather than by him, and much of it from the current chief exec & staff, this seems a little disingenuous.

I think history is in the process of judging already--or else why's *** trying to shield himself from prosecution?


At 3:56 p.m., Anonymous raincoaster said...

I think Bush and Blair, rather than heading into the lucrative speaking tours they'd imagined, will end up sharing a cheap condo in Elba.

At 12:22 p.m., Anonymous edmonds59 said...

That interview made my entire weekend, and I am overjoyed that it is getting so much press, much of it fed by the lap dogs at Fox, trying to label our last real president as "raging" (as opposed to correctly labelling our current pres as "retarded").
In the inconceivable event that GW ran into a hostile interviewer, in the same situation, his handlers would need to hustle him away to a secret camp for two weeks for "deconfusing".
It makes me want to get a bunch of those little car stickers made that read "W stands for BILL".


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