Friday, June 8, 2007

Racist media, or just politically biased? Or is there a difference?

When Barak Obama misspoke and said that tornadoes in Kansas in early May killed 10,000 people, it became the fodder of every major news organization, right-wing blog, and TV pundit.

Some used it to question his eligibility for the presidency.

Of course, one reason they played up this story was to sidestep the fact that the lack of effectively equipped national guard troops, caused by Bush's war in Iraq, had played a huge role in the disaster in Kansas.

But the media has simply ignored another far more telling slip of the tongue (or was it?) spouted by former governor Mitt Romney in response to a question at June 5th's Republican debate.

When asked if he thought it was a mistake to invade Iraq, Romney said: "If you're saying let's turn back the clock, and Saddam Hussein had opened up his country to IAEA inspectors, and they'd come in and they'd found that there were no weapons of mass destruction, had Saddam Hussein, therefore, not violated United Nations resolutions, we wouldn't be in the conflict we're in. But he didn't do those things, and we knew what we knew at the point we made the decision to get in."

Did you catch it?

IAEA inspectors were in Iraq many months before the invasion and were not finding the WMD. Remember?

Now tell me which gaffe more bespeaks of presidential ineligibility: one that was a slip of the tongue or one that indicates the candidate was sleeping when his country was going to war based on a lie?

In the end, all of the Republican candidates have made their position clear: they are for endless war, and some of them may even continue to push the Bush administration's lies to do keep it up.

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