SATURDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2003
A TEXAS CHRISTIAN: Incredible. Your press corps outrage about Gores endorsement only built as the week went along. Late yesterday afternoon, Bob Schieffer appeared for a regular spot on Washington news giant WTOP. Trytry as hard as you canjust try to believe that he said it:
SCHIEFFER (12/12/03): I think that this thing, this Gore thing, I think is rather interesting in that perhaps it tells us more about Al Gore than it does about this campaign. I find it just remarkable that he would basically stab his old running-mate, Joe Lieberman, in the back in order to get himself back in the game. Because thats clearly what hes trying to do here isnow once again, Al Gore, who has either sought public office or held public office all his life, sees a chance, one more chance, to get back in the game. I guess his analysis is that if Dean wins, then hes a king-maker; if Dean doesnt win, then hes serving notice to Hillary Clinton youre not going to have a free run at this thing in 2008, Im going to be right there again. Its very interestingweve seen Al Gore change his story, weve seen him change his persona, I remember in the 2000 campaign when he showed up at Face the Nation dressed as a farmer! I remember when he changed hishe was going to get out of the blue suits and stuff. Now it seems he just as easily changes his friends. I dont know what impact this is going to have on Howard Dean but I suspect its not going to have a good impact on Al Gore.Weve tried to tell you about Schieffer before, but some in HOWLER NATION have resisted. We do suggest that you access the link and listen to the great man yourselves.
Schieffer maintains the demonology that has driven this ludicrous story all week. According to Schieffer, Gore stabbed his old running-mate, Joe Lieberman, in the back when he endorsed Howard Dean. Schieffer speculates wildly about why Gore did itand fails to mention the reason Gore cited. (At one point, he says that Gores motives are clear; one sentence later, he guesses!) And then, of course, the point of it all: Schieffer engages in ugly ruminations about Gores deeply soiled character.
So you can see how disturbedand corruptedthe Bob Schieffers are, lets review his one original statement. I remember in the 2000 campaign when he showed up at Face the Nation dressed as a farmer, Schieffer says, near the end of his rant. If you listen to the tape, you wont hear a wrinkle of humor in Schieffers voice. Indeed, Schieffer seems indignant to think that Gore would have done such a thing.
But Schieffer is lying, as his cohort enjoys doing. No, readersAl Gore didnt show up at Face the Nation dressed as a farmer during the 2000 campaign. Schieffer refers to Gores October 3, 1999 Face the Nation appearance. The session coincided with the press corps attempt to peddle the notion that Gore had just reinvented himself by dropping the suits and pulling on cowboy boots. In fact, Gore had been campaigning in casual clothes all year, ever since his first appearance seven months earlier (links below). On this morning, Gore appeared live from the Portland, Maine Public Market, where he was meeting-and-greeting real down-Maine voters. And no, Gore wasnt dressed as a farmer. The next day, Joshua Weinstein of the Portland Press Herald described the hopefuls appearance:
WEINSTEIN: Gore, casual in khakis, a green shirt and gray V-neck sweater, said he looks forward to spending time with his 3-month-old grandson, and spoke of hiking in Washington state with his 16-year-old son. He told of his father, who lost his Senate seat after opposing U.S. involvement in Vietnam.Readers, whens the last time you saw local farmers out in the field dressed in their khakis, green shirts and gray V-necks? Meanwhile, you dont have to take Weinsteins word for the way Gore was dressed. Luckily, someone else described Gores appearance. Luckily, it was Schieffer himself, reporting on the CBS Evening News:
SCHIEFFER (10/3/99): It was Al Gore, the new look, who came out swinging on all fronts, here in Portland, Maine.Apparently, Schieffers crack about the Carter-style shoes was his effort to signal that something was wrong here. We checked our tape, and in the brief moment when Gores shoes were visible, they seemed to be some sort of low, brown leather, walking shoejust the type Farmer Brown is now wearing. (Yes, we still have all our old tapes. With a press corps full of people like Schieffer, you really must maintain your evidence.)
For the record, we recalled this particular Face the Nation because of the way Schieffer cracked on Gores clothes at the outset. As noted, Gore had been campaigning in casual clothing for seven months at that point. On this particular Face the Nation, Gore and Schieffer sat before a display of crops at the Public Market, with Gore looking completely appropriate, and the blue-suited Schieffer looking absurdly over-dressed. But readers, the press corps had recently hatched a great themethe new Gore has just ditched his blue suits, they were saying. This statement was blatantly false, but they all knew to say it (links below). So Bob spun the point at the start:
SCHIEFFER: Well, fall is coming to New England. The crops are in, as you can see. And the vice president is here with us in Portland, Maine. Were here because hes here campaigning. And thats what brings us to the Public Market in Portland. Mr. Vice President, thank you forfor joining us.Schieffer wasand he looked over-dressed. Frankly, Schieffer looked like a dumb-ass, although Gore was too well-raised to say so. Meanwhile, Gore had been out of the suit for seven months, although all pundits knew to say otherwise. By the way, Gore had campaigned in casual clothes in previous campaigns, as youll see in the link we provide.
Al was too polite to crack on Bob. Schieffer, though, doesnt share that problem. Friday night, he went on WTOPand he lied in the face of the stations listeners. (He also lied in the face of his host.) We suggest you listen to the tapeto hear the tone of incredulity when Schieffer describes Gore dressed as a farmer. We keep explaining how corrupt this gang is. Listen to this repulsive tape, and maybe youll start to believe us.
SCHIEFFER KNEW THE SCRIPT: Gore campaigned in casual clothes right from the start of Campaign 2000. But in early October 1999, the press corps started to push a new themeGore has reinvented himself by ditching his suits. According to the unvarying script, this new Al Gore had ditched the blue suits. This inane, pointless claim was blatantly falsebut all good pundits knew to voice it. To see scribe after scribe as they lie in your faces, see THE DAILY HOWLER, 3/4/03. Yes, you will see scribes who are blatantly lying. If you want to understand the world you live in, we strongly advise you to read this report.
Meanwhile, note that Schieffers script on Face the Nation was the one all good pundits were reciting. I see youre out of the blue suit, Schieffer said. Is this a new Al Gore? See the 3/4/03 HOWLER and youll see other pundits recite this.
EVERYONE STUMPS IN CASUAL CLOTHING: Meanwhile, everyone stumps in casual clothing. See THE DAILY HOWLER, 9/11/02.
NOTHINGS CHANGED: Schieffers contempt for Gore was evident last night. (Also, his blatant contempt for the public.) But Schieffers odd reactions to Candidate Gore were evident in real time. On July 8, 2000, for example, Schieffer and his FTN co-host, Gloria Borger, made an hour-long appearance on the CNBC show, Russertand they turned in one of the strangest performances in all of Campaign 2000. The pair trashed Goreand pandered to Bush. In particular, Schieffers comments about Bushs trip to Bob Jones University ought to go straight to the Spin Hall of Fame. You have to read this one to believe it. See THE DAILY HOWLER, 1/13/03, with links to a real-time report.
THAT GOOD HOME TRAINING: By the way, why is Schieffer so decent and fair? As we know from Russerts interview with Bernie Goldberg, its because he didnt attend one of those eastern elite collegesthe schools where elitists become so corrupted. Schieffer went to Texas Christianand lets all thank goodness for that. As Russert said, you learn great values at those schools. Lets get out our crying towels and blubber with Tim once again:
RUSSERT: I also believe that going to the schools I didSt. Bonaventure school, Canisius High School, John Carroll Universitythese are not fashionable, elitist schools. These are schools where you learn to read and write and learn right from wrong.Schieffer learned right from wrong at TCUand forgot when he made it to Washington.