Monday, February 28, 2005

Why I need to quit watching CNN

Several things happened on Inside Politics, not the least of which was an interview with Gov. Warner of Virginia, a possible contender in 2008. But that's not what irked me. No, it's just plain stupidity that's angered me today. Toward the end of show, Judy brought on Bob "Douchebag of Freedom" Novak himself to talk about the Democrats. Here's what he had to say.

WOODRUFF: ... you could say. All right. Moving over to the Democrats, Howard Dean, you've been doing some reporting on what's he up to. NOVAK: Since he was elected Democratic national chairman, he has been -- they've been keeping him out of the national spotlight. No major television interviews on national networks are scheduled for the next couple weeks, I'm told, and maybe the reason is that they've got to really get Howard under control. He spoke at Cornell University last week, and the only paper that covered this was "The Cornell Daily" student paper, and he said, yes, Social Security has a big problem. Over the years it's going to lose about 80 percent of the benefits. That, Judy, is not the Democratic line. The Democratic line is there is no problem. So Howard Dean says what he thinks is the truth. Often it is the truth. He's going to be a lot of fun as national chairman.
You see, for some people, like Novak, reality isn't enough of a thrill for them, so they construct their own by citing controversy where there is none. For instance, the Democratic line is that there is no crisis, not that there is no problem. That's a big difference Bob. Anyone can see where the numbers point, there is going to be a shortfall of some kind. But Democrats don't see a crisis, and we definitely don't think we should gut Social Security and make the shortfall even worse for private accounts. Second, according to the Cornell Daily Sun (he can't even get the name of the paper he's misquoting right) Howard Dean actually said
Dean pointed out that, while he would not endorse this, if Social Security were left alone for 30 years, its benefits would be reduced to 80 percent of what it is now. He acknowledged that while there were indeed problems with the program, turning to Wall Street was not the answer.
That's reduced to, not by, Bob. It's hacks like Novak, peddling falsehood and misrepresentation as truth, and going on national television to report without the most basic of fact-checking (I did a simple Google search) who give journalists a bad name.

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