FRIDAY, APRIL 4, 2003
RISE OF THE FEDAYEEN: Andrew Sullivan was sulfurically angry, as always. In a New York Times report, R. W. Apple had attributed the famous house of cards statement to Vice President Cheney. In fact, it was Richard Perle who called Saddam's regime a house of cards; Cheney hadnt used the expression. On Wednesday, the Times corrected its error. But you know Sullivan! He knew what Apples misstatement really meant, and he shared the information with readers:
SULLIVAN: Amazing. Another front page Big Lie from Raines and company More and more, readers are beginning to realize that Raines NYT doesnt just spin against the Bush administration on an hourly basis. It also merrily lies to keep the propaganda war going.For Sullivan, Apples misstatement wasnt just a mistake; it had to be a another Big Lie. The Timesman had used Cheneys name instead of Perles to keep the propaganda war going.
Dear readers, dont make the slightest mistake. The Fedayeen Andrew Sullivan is now hard at work, rounding up names of all the traitors who will have to be dealt with later. Thursday evening, they blanketed cable. On Hardball, for example, Chris Matthews confronted a Fedayeen, David Frum. Frum had written an article in National Review blistering unpatriotic conservatives (see THE DAILY HOWLER, 3/24/03). Matthews tried to give the nasty scribe a chance to walk back his language:
MATTHEWS: Let me ask you about something. I am going to bring this up. This is the National Review. I grew up reading this. I love Bill Buckley. I dont like this headline. I want you to defend it. It says Unpatriotic Conservatives. Pat Buchanan and Bob Novak are called unpatriotic in this article. Do you like that headline? You dont call them this, the headline rather does.Of course, Matthews was being far too kind; in his article, Frum says that anti-war conservatives explicitly yearn for the victory of their nations enemies and have finished by hating their country. But Fruma cowardly man when directly confrontedfiddled and diddled and avoided the question. So his Hardball host asked it again:
MATTHEWS: Are Novak or Buchanan or even any of these parties unpatriotic? Are they unpatriotic?Once again, Frum tried to duck:
FRUM: What we are facing here, let mewe are facing as in the conservative world, people who are wishing and predicting American disaster, not just in Iraq, but in Afghanistan. Bob Novak publishes his first piece blaming 9/11 on Israel. He wrote it the day after 9/11, published it the next day.Still unable to get a response, Matthews asked his question for the third and fourth times! Finallykicking and screaming as cowards always dothe bold little Frum almost answered:
MATTHEWS: Well, do you think its fair to call Pat Buchanan and Bob Novak unpatriotic? OK, thank you very much, Matthews saidamazed to think that a Fedayeen had been sitting right there on his set!
Frum brought his small, nasty mind here from Canada. But make no mistakeon Thursday nights cable, the domestic Fedayeen could be found wherever you wandered. For example, a home-grown member, Morton Kondracke, was sliming John Kerry on Special Report. Kerry had made a statement Mort didnt likethe solon had said that some foreign officials felt that Bush engaged in a diplomatic breach of trust. Kondracke belongs to our own Fedayeen. So he knew how to play Kerrys statement:
KONDRACKE: I mean, he seems to be crediting those officials and he used the word breach of trust, so he is emerging now as the Franco-Prussian candidate for president of the United States you know, and not the American candidate for president of the United States.Thats it for the panel, Brit Hume said. Mort had had the final wordJohn Kerry isnt American.
But the Fedayeen Queen really took the cake, on the OReilly Factor. Michelle Malkin is always prepared to name names of anti-Americans here in our midst. Thursday night, OReilly tried to talk Malkin downbut she managed to name many traitors.
OReilly began the segment on an ominous note:
OREILLY: Some people have actually hurt the USA with their statements and reports, as you saw with Peter Arnett. Should those people pay a price after the war is over? And who are they?Malkin was ready to come up with some names, as her host asked her to do. But when she said that Peter Jennings basically is essentially serving as the U.S.-based correspondent for Al-Jazeera, OReilly tried to put on the brakes:
OREILLY: Well, let me stop you there. I mean, I need you to back it up, because what Ive seen of Jennings, and Ive watched because Im a friend of Jennings, and I got a lot of radio calls about him: Hes skeptical. Hes skeptical, but I havent seen him, you know, do anything other than be skeptical.Sorry, Bill. I think its more than that, Malkin said, offering an example so utterly foolish that it truly beggars imagination (see below). According to Malkin, Jennings had been hyping in the most positive light the thuggery thats going on.
Pushed by OReilly, Malkin finally gave a specific examplean example that was utterly foolish (see below). But remember: People like Malkin have stalked democracy ever since the concept was born. Thursday night, they were once again stalking the land, naming names of those among us who are unpatriotic, un-American, and secret al-Jazeera. RememberSaddamism tempts us all over the world. Its weak-minded acolytes seek out The Other; theyre allways prepared to name many names. Thursday night, OReilly and Matthews tried to complain. But careful, Bill! And careful, Chris! The Fedayeen Andrew Sullivan is picking up steam. Just like that, they could names your names also.
THINGS THAT UPSET MICHELLE MALKIN: Its hard to be a bigger nut than the Fedayeen Queen, Michelle Malkin. Pushed for an example of Jennings al-Jazeera loyalties, she finally came up with a case:
MALKIN: Ill give you a specific example of a story he did. While everybody was talking about, was talking about the brutality of the Saddam Hussein regime, he was touting artists and writers in Iraq who were marching in support of Saddams defense of the homeland.Excuse me? I think hes going to pay, the thuggish little Fedayeen said.
What was Malkin talking about? She had gone all the way back to January 21 to get her disturbing example. Here is Jennings report from that date, at the end of that evenings World News:
JENNINGS: Finally this evening from here in Baghdad, about a nation that is more than Saddam Hussein. For many years now, the United States and most Americans have looked at Iraq and tended to only see its dictator. But this is a country with a very long history of, among other things, arts and letters.Jennings said he was surprised to see artists march for Saddam. He said that their recent pay raise could be called cynical. He suggested that the artists may not support Saddam in private. This led to a human-interest report by Dan Harrisa report about how little symphony musicians are paid in Iraq. (The government pays them, but the salary is so meager, they all have to work second jobs.) Yet this two-month old nonsense was Malkins example of why Peter Jennings is plain al-Jazeera. On the basis of half-witted nonsense like this, crackpots like Malkin now go on TV to announce who will have to pay a price. Is anyone else reminded of the cruel teens who drove Maos cultural revolution?
But then, crackpots increasingly drive our discourse, telling us who should pay a price. Will your good guy pundits dare to speak back? Or will they cower and quake in a corner?