Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Joe Scarborough Drops the Ball

I rarely criticize conservatives in public, especially those whom I like, but on tonight's Scarborough Country, my buddy, Joe, my favorite non-Fox cable host, dropped the ball.

He interviewed Al Franken to discuss the recent and continuous attacks against our troops from the left, most recently from an LA Times columnist who actually had the guts and honesty to come right out and say he doesn't support our troops.

Scarborough heaped compliment after compliment after praise on Franken for doing his part, visa vi his USO Tours, to support our troops overseas.

Joe went on to say that after all his research he couldn't find any examples of Franken ever disparaging our troops.

I'm not sure just how hard Joe researched so I'm going to help everybody out.

These examples come from my book, Pants on Fire: How Al Franken Lies, Smears, and Deceives

Page 184 from a parody song titled, Sorry, Here is one verse:

Sorry ‘bout the prisoners
Sorry they got raped
Sorry they got tortured
Sorry it got taped…
Believe me when I say their apology is sincere
I’m awfully sorry for that broomstick up their rear…


page 109
another skit with Franken interviewing an Air America correspondent from Gitmo, reading the confession of a Taliban prisoner whose confessions are coerced via torture, including burning and having his head submerged in water

page 42
Franken spent 2 days, April 28-29 2005, remembering the anniversary of Abu Ghraib but no time remembering the anniversaries of the fall of Saddam's Statue in Baghdad or the capture of Hussein.

Page 112
March 17, 2005 Franken does a skit mocking as (un)newsworthy a Wall Street Journal headline that “50 million people in Afghanistan and Iraq were enjoying freedom.” In the skit, Franken interviews a fictional BBC correspondent reading the Wall Street Journal headline with machine gun fire, bombs, and minefields blowing up in the background.

Franken has embraced and supported the film Fahrenheit 9/11 which portrayed our troops as heavy metal rock n roll killers.

In the summer of 2005 Franken dismissed conservative talk show host Melanie Morgan's upcoming trip to Iraq to report "the truth from our troops" as sheer propaganda

Franken has done stories about military recruiters preying on drug addicts, high school dropouts and other vulnerable youngsters as if it was common practice.

Al Franken is no friend of the military. He is a cunning opportunist who knows how to play the media. It is sad, that now, even some conservatives have fallen for his ploys.

4 Comments:

At 9:45 PM, Blogger natedizawg said...

Right on, Alan! I saw the interview on MSNBC as well, and was equally dismayed by the easy treatment that Franken got.

All else aside, it should be damning enough that Al Franken supports Moore's (as David Hardy and Jason Clarke call it) "Crockumentary." Michael Moore is a perfect litmus test, and he can easily be used to measure the political inclinations of just about anyone (at least those that pay attention to him). Anyone that sides with Michael Moore can be safely deemed un-American, especially when it comes to "supporting the troops."

Keep up the good work, Mr. Skorski.

 
At 2:57 AM, Blogger Andrew said...

Saw you on O'Reilly, which I watch once in a while and I'll readily admit I listen to his show and have a copy of his most recent book. I am progressive on most issues, though I do not agree with Franken, (or especially Mike Malloy) on many issues or necessarily find everything he publishes to be humorous or express my point of view.

That said I've looked through some of your posts and I think that a lot of the issues you have with Franken are viewed quite differently depending on the context in which the issue is given.

-The fall of the Saddam statue was not completely the event it appeared to be: http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2001971815_statue04.html.

-I recall on O'Reilly that you suggested that Abu Ghraib was an isolated incident, yet in this post you follow the song with a reference to another skit regarding torture at Guantanamo Bay. Several human rights organizations, including Amnesty International, have documented troublesome incidents in both Guantanamo & Afghanistan, including multiple prisoner fatalities along with the revelation that secret detention centers exist in foreign countries.

-Melanie Morgan's trip was purely for propoganda purposes, as its goal was to seek out positive stories. Ms. Morgan stated this before she ever left for the trip. Some of the claims she has made since her return regarding WMDs and supposed Al Qaeda/Iraq ties have been highly suspect.

 
At 2:59 AM, Blogger Andrew said...

Saw you on O'Reilly, which I watch once in a while and I'll readily admit I listen to his show and have a copy of his most recent book. I am progressive on most issues, though I do not agree with Franken, (or especially Mike Malloy) on many issues or necessarily find everything he publishes to be humorous or express my point of view.

That said I've looked through some of your posts and I think that a lot of the issues you have with Franken are viewed quite differently depending on the context in which the issue is given.

-The fall of the Saddam statue was not completely the event it appeared to be: http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2001971815_statue04.html.

-I recall on O'Reilly that you suggested that Abu Ghraib was an isolated incident, yet in this post you follow the song with a reference to another skit regarding torture at Guantanamo Bay. Several human rights organizations, including Amnesty International, have documented troublesome incidents in both Guantanamo & Afghanistan, including multiple prisoner fatalities along with the revelation that secret detention centers exist in foreign countries.

-Melanie Morgan's trip was purely for propoganda purposes, as its goal was to seek out positive stories. Ms. Morgan stated this before she ever left for the trip. Some of the claims she has made since her return regarding WMDs and supposed Al Qaeda/Iraq ties have been highly suspect.

 
At 8:57 PM, Blogger TruthLover said...

As a regular listener of Al Franken, I know well that he very much supports our troops in general. He does not support torture. Nor does he support those members of our troops who participate in torture. He does not support Gitmo and most of all, he does not support the civilian side of the military. While very much supporting the troops, he very clearly does not support the war. He does not support most of the very bad decisions the Bush administration has made. Even though you apparently can not tell the difference between supporting the troops (except for the bad ones) and not supporting the war - Al Franken makes it very clear.

Interestingly, Al Franken is even willing to admit that he at first supported the war in Iraq. He has even played snippets of a speech he made very early on, supporting the war. At the time he believed Bush about WMD etc. and was willing to go out on a limb for Bush. Fortunately for all of us, he is willing to laugh at some of his past mistakes and turn from our corrupt, bumbling and untruthful administration. It never ceases to amaze me that conservatives can still defend Bush, what Bush has done, and all of the corruption swirling around him.

Hooray for Al!

Your book seems to uncover some mistakes. It most certainly displays very strong differences of opinion with Al over subjects that are only differences of opinion. The book also seems to despise Al for being successful. Why?

I for one will stick with Al and the truth.

 

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