Lies about the Convention
Given the incredible level of hope and optimism expressed by the Democrats at their convention, and given the truly amazing level of oratorical skill on display, how else could the SCLM address it, other than outright deceit?
For example, there's Jonah Goldberg, called in to cover the convention for USA Today
once they realized that Ann Coulter had all the insight and literary skill of a rabid, leprous armadillo:
Goldberg grossly distorted a poll of convention delegates in an effort to make them appear "far to the left of the mainstream." Goldberg claimed that "5 out of 6 say the war on terrorism and national security aren't that important." This, of course, is absurd. Nearly everybody thinks national security is important. But that isn't what the poll asked. Delegates were asked which single issue they "think will be the most important campaign issue in your state?"
Goldberg's distortion was triply dishonest:
The poll didn't assess which campaign issues delegates thought were "important;" it asked which single issue they thought will be the "most important."
The poll didn't ask for the delegates' personal value judgments but, rather, for their political assessment of which issue would be most important campaign issue among voters in their state.
"National security" wasn't even one of the choices presented in the poll, which did, however, include "terrorism," "war," and "Iraq."
Then, there's CNN's Bill Schneider, who opted to yank the pro-lifers' chains:
CNN senior analyst Bill Schneider (a fellow at the conservative American Enterprise Institute, although CNN doesn't share that information with its viewers) also distorted the delegate poll, claiming that 75 percent of convention delegates favor "abortion on demand." Schneider based his claim on a question in which only one of three choices did not involve drastic new restrictions on abortions – unsurprising, then, that most delegates chose that option. But it was certainly not an indication that they "endorse abortion on demand."
And, my favorite, Robert Novak, who chose to do away with all pretense of journalism, and just say what was on his twisted, reptilian mind:
CNN Crossfire host Robert Novak didn't waste any time on little things like "issues" in his rush to portray Democrats as outlandish fiends: He cut straight to the point, referring to Democratic delegates as "flesh-eating people."
The consensus: Democrats are evil zombie creatures who hope that crazed outsiders invade America, killing most of us and forcing the rest to have abortions, in order that Democrats can finally, finally,
sate their unnatural cravings for sweet human flesh.
That sounds about right.