McCain, Drudge make shit up; Right wing blogs claim bias when that's pointed out
That's where you ought to catch up on things, Wolf. General Petraeus goes out there almost every day in an unarmed humvee. I think you ought to catch up, you see, you are giving the old line of three months ago...Today, after taking a stroll through a Baghdad market with only about half a company of soldiers and five helicopters, McCain held a press conference to say, "See, I was right!"
Of course, the right couldn't let McCain's obvious idiocy be the story of the day, so Matt Drudge went after CNN correspondent Michael Ware. Ware--who's been in Iraq for a long, long time--had the audacity to pretty much call bullshit on McCain's statements, which meant, of course, that he must be discredited. Quoting an unnamed source who was supposedly present, Drudge wrote that
During a live press conference in Baghdad, Senators McCain and Graham were heckled by CNN reporter Michael Ware. An official at the press conference called Ware’s conduct “outrageous,” saying, “here you have two United States Senators in Bagdad giving first-hand reports while Ware is laughing and mocking their comments. I’ve never witnessed such disrespect. This guy is an activist not a reporter.” (The post is down now.)Right wing blogs lapped it up. "(Ware) is an extreme manifestation of an all too common phenomenon--the journalist as advocate rather than neutral observer. One of the many problems with a reporter who becomes an activist, agitating for a particular side of a public issue, is that he loses any hope of objectivity," wrote John Hinderaker.
But, after Ware said claims about his heckling were false--and video of the event proved they were--the right wanted to suddenly talk about anything but the fact they were wrong. Hinderaker's Power Line partner Paul Mirengoff wrote:
CNN's Michael Ware has denied heckling Sen. McCain during a press conference (he doesn't say whether or not he laughed at McCain). However, Ware's appearance with Soledad O'Brien...is enough to condemn him as unfit to cover the war...Ware...accuses John McCain -- American hero, frequent critic of the administration, and frequent critic of the administration's handling of the war -- of bad faith and intellectual dishonesty.And he goes on to suggest that CNN should no longer allow Ware to cover the war.
Watch the presser again, however, and you'll see that Ware probably shouldn't have implied that McCain had acted "in bad faith" with "intellectual dishonesty." He should have called John McCain a straight-up fucking liar.
When asked about his statement there were areas he could walk around freely, John McCain says, "I just came from one." Funny, but when he was talking to Bill Bennett, he didn't say that he, Bennett and over a hundred soldiers could go on a walk. That, it seems to me, would be an odd use of the word "freely."
When he's asked about his statement that Petraeus goes around in an unarmed humvee, he said, "of course (Petraeus) has protection and we had protection today." Where, then, did he come up with the ridiculous idea that Petraeus travels the streets unguarded in an unarmored humvee? McCain doesn't say. I'm guessing it was pulled from thin air.
The truth is, McCain has made an utter and complete ass and himself and the right wing blogs are scrambling to save the one guy who thinks he can win the White House by supporting this incredibly unpopular war. Unfortunately for them, they can't save John McCain by pointing out where he's right, because the man's clearly full of shit.
Funny update: Paul Mirengoff, who complains that Ware accused "American hero" John McCain of "bad faith and intellectual dishonesty" once wrote that McCain and his traveling partner Lindsay Graham were members of the "terrorist rights wing of the Republican party" and John Hinderaker chimed in, saying this was a "a fair and objective way to describe those in either party who want to expand the substantive or procedural rights granted to terrorists in our military and judicial systems." Shocking!
Remember, the Panty Liners are the only ones allowed to attack "American heroes."