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New Phony Quotation Alert: Frank Gaffney Targeted

October 23, 2009

"You have got a sanctimony factor here that is extraordinary."

First, phony documents were intended to sink President Bush’s 2004 reelection. Then, phony quotations prevented Rush Limbaugh from purchasing an NFL team. Now, the Left seems to be preparing its next tall-tale transcript to smear conservative foreign policy expert Frank Gaffney. Today’s Wonkette recounts last night’s skirmish between Gaffney and Ron Reagan Jr. on MSNBC’s Hardball, which I reported earlier today. The blog claims:

Gaffney screams at Reagan, who’s like, “…” Then Reagan essentially tells Frank Gaffney that he and all his stupid arguments are red herrings, like red herrings in a barrel that you shoot easily. And then, THEN, Gaffney’s all, “Your father must hate you so hard from beyond the grave.” This displeases Ron Reagan so!

The only trouble is, all its facts and quotations are false.

Anyone who watched the segment can verify his actual words. I included a partial transcript in my blog this afternoon. Matthews and Ron-Ron ganged up on Gaffney, who was as measured and unshaken as ever. When Ron interrupted Matthews, Gaffney asked, “Let me be attacked one-at-a-time.” He told Matthews the Afghan people prefer American “occupation” (Chris’s word) to Taliban rule. Then he pivoted to Ron Reagan, asking, “Would you, Ron? Would you want to be ruled by the Taliban?” Reagan then raised his voice, claiming that toppling the Taliban was not the raison d’etre of the Afghan war (!).

Near the end of the segment, Gaffney told Reagan, “Your father would be ashamed of you.” Reagan, shorn of his tutu, replied, “You better watch your mouth about that, Frank.”

Then Chris Matthews equated religious conservatives with the Taliban and the segment ended.

I don’t read Wonkette and thus do not know if her reporting usually involves flights-of-fancy. Presumably this was intended to be funny. And faking transcripts has been a problem for MSNBC. But in in today’s poisonous atmosphere, where inventing and then ascribing hate speech to conservatives is the Left’s lone stock-in-trade, it’s almost impossible to imagine this phony quotation not being recycled to hurt Frank, listing her blog as a “source.” Caveat lector.

  1. LanceThruster permalink
    October 23, 2009 1:54 pm

    So, from Ben Johnson’s article am I to conclude that Ron Jr. was intitially wearing a tutu in studio and that via some sort of cutting device it was physically and forcebly removed from his person?

    Ben Johnson needs to look into, “I am aware of all internet traditions”, specifically where it deals with “shorter version.”


    The tip off from Wonkette would be the “he’s like..”, and then, “he’s all”, and goes on to further clarify the summerization nature of her “quotes” by the , “he essentially said.” Notice that my “quotes” are not direct quotes from the piece either but retain their essense for the sake of clarity.

    Ben Johnson is now aware of all internet traditions!

    • swemson permalink
      October 23, 2009 4:28 pm

      TROLL ALERT !!!


      TROLL ALERT !!!

    • Kenneth Gareau permalink
      October 24, 2009 6:54 pm

      Hey Lance,
      How does it feel to be powerless to influence those you leave comments for? You have the absolute right to speak here but I would hope you have enough savy and intelligence to see your remarks are falling on deaf ears.

      Just thought you’d like to know.

      • October 24, 2009 6:58 pm

        “You have the absolute right to speak here”

        Come again?

      • LanceThruster permalink
        October 25, 2009 9:59 pm

        I wouldn’t have thought that one’s deafness was a condition to revel in.

        “When I tell the truth, it is not for the sake of convincing those who do not know it, but for the sake of defending those that do.” ~ William Blake

  2. Alphabet Soup permalink
    October 23, 2009 4:21 pm

    WTF is a LanceThruster?

  3. LanceThruster permalink
    October 23, 2009 6:45 pm

    It’s clear Swemson is aware of all internet traditions too. Also.

  4. Jack Hampton permalink
    October 24, 2009 1:41 am

    Left wing Jerk alert.

  5. gatekeeper96740 permalink
    October 24, 2009 7:57 am

    He’s another one. Nothing real to say.

  6. Richard Ketchum permalink
    October 24, 2009 10:01 am

    The left is getting upset because there is now a media that will call them on their lies, for most of my life they held a monopoly on broadcasting news, that is how we got into this mess.

  7. PRCS permalink
    October 24, 2009 11:18 am

    Gun, foot, shoot:

    Gaffney: Iraq was a war of necessity. We were dealing with a terrorist sponsoring regime that had access to Wepons of Mass Destruction, we can debate this endlessly…..uninteligible.
    Silly Ron: Oh access, now. Now it’s access. I thought we, I thought they had Weapons of Mass Destrucion, Frank.
    Gaffeny: They did have Weapons of Mass Destruction, and they used them…unintelligible.
    Childish Ron: Oh, the ones we gave them in the eighties? The ones that we gave them in the eighties.

    Memo to Ron: when you’re in a deep hole, stop digging.

    You made Gaffney’s point, Ron. Whomever provided them, you’ve admitted that, at some time, Iraq didhave WMD.

    • LanceThruster permalink
      October 24, 2009 3:16 pm

      How’s that foot feel, PRCS?


      Lies About Iraq’s Weapons Are Past Expiration Date – By Cliff Montgomery

      There was never any question Iraq once had weapons of mass destruction programs. Nor was the world naïve enough to trust Saddam Hussein not to try and hide such weapons from UN inspectors. The rationale for the U.S. invasion, however, was that after a decade of sanctions, war, U.S. bombing runs, and UN inspections, Iraq still possessed a viable nuclear, chemical or biological threat that could be deployed beyond Iraq’s borders or which was in danger of being supplied to terrorist groups.

      Unfortunately, there is absolutely no basis for this argument, made so forcefully by Secretary of State Colin Powell at the United Nations, when he claimed to possess clear evidence that huge stocks of everything from sarin gas to anthrax to sanction-violating missiles were stored in Iraq, ready for use. Never mind that the same Iraqi defector who told Powell about the stores of chem and bio weapons also said they had been completely destroyed, which Powell neglected to tell the United Nations. It doesn’t matter, because those stores would almost certainly have become useless by now.

      Strangely, the U.S. media have, with almost no exceptions, failed to mention that most bio/chemical agents have a rather limited shelf life. The few who do usually quote Scott Ritter, former UN Iraqi weapons inspector and controversial opponent of Dubya’s drive to Baghdad.

      According to Ritter, the chemical weapons which Iraq has been known to possess — nerve agents like sarin and tabun — have a shelf life of five years, VX just a bit longer. Saddam’s major bio weapons are hardly any better; botulinum toxin is potent for about three years, and liquid anthrax about the same (under the right conditions). And he adds that since all chemical weapons were made in Iraq’s only chemical weapons complex – the Muthanna State establishment, which was blown up during the first Gulf War in 1991 — and all biological weapons plants and research papers were clearly destroyed by 1998, any remaining bio/chemical weapons stores are now “harmless, useless goo.”

  8. PRCS permalink
    October 24, 2009 4:40 pm

    Nice, but irrelevant.

    In his zeal to dis the U.S. and to show how incredibly smart he is, Ronnie foolishly validated Gaffney’s assertion; leaving him with egg on his face.

    I’m sure you know the feeling.

    My foot’s fine, you’re just a heel.

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