Thursday, August 25, 2005

Sign it's time for Pat Robertson to shut up

As Brendan, Bryan and I wrote in "All the President's Spin," it's rare that the professional media points out dishonesty from political figures. On the rare occassions it does happen, it is usually done by partisan media or outlets prestigious enough to critize those in power without losing access.
Neither of those categories apply to the Studio Briefing on IMDB, which is about as light and non-controversial coverage of the entertainment industry you can find.
That's how you know Pat Robertson is in trouble. Even Studio Briefing pointed out today (7th item) that he lied when claiming his comments endorsing the assassination of Hugo Chavez were "misinterpreted." Check out Studio Briefing's mini-article on Robertson's lie:

Televangelist Pat Robertson on Wednesday charged that the media had "misinterpreted" his televised remarks about Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. Appearing on his 700 Club show, which airs on Disney's ABC Family channel, Robertson denied that he had called for Chavez's assassination. "I said our special forces could take him out," Robertson said. "'Take him out' could be a number of things including kidnapping. There are a number of ways of taking out a dictator from power besides killing him. I was misinterpreted." However, a transcript of Robertson's earlier remarks indicates that he had used no such language. "If he thinks we're trying to assassinate him, I think that we really ought to go ahead and do it. It's a whole lot cheaper than starting a war," he had declared. On his Fox News television show Wednesday, anchor Brit Hume took rival news channel CNN to task for prominently featuring Robertson's remarks, insisting that Robertson's influence had dwindled and that "he may have no clout with the Bush administration." However, at least one blog listed 10 live guest appearances by Robertson on Fox News programs during the past 10 months, a figure that was also mentioned by MSNBC personality Keith Olbermann Wednesday night when he featured Hume as his daily "worst person in the world."

I think it's a safe rule that when the hard hitting journalists on are pointing out that you're lying, it's time to change topics.

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