He also blogs at www. Read his previous OUPblogs here. The substantive claim may well be true. But he makes such bad arguments with so much conviction that he gives us clues as to how we were all hoodwinked by an administration drunk on its own hubris and desire to save us from Evil. If this sounds like a crackpot argument, it is because it asserts a premise and leaps across galaxies to a conclusion with utter indifference to the need for counterfactual reasoning. Too often, we allow our politicians to substitute assertion for argument.
Further, the degree to which several terrorist attacks the Bush administration supposedly thwarted were credible threats has been disputed. In many cases, these accusations are based on distortions of comments he has made or misrepresentations of campaign pledges. For instance, many media figures have advanced the false claim that Obama promised during his campaign to stop earmark spending and broke that promise by signing the omnibus appropriations bill, when, in fact, Obama promised to reform the earmark process and cut wasteful spending, not eliminate earmarks altogether. Many media figures, like King, have reinforced the idea without challenge.
Cheney’s Excuse For Economic Failures Under His Watch: ‘Stuff Happens’
It was a bracing reminder of what great research and a journalist more committed to getting to the truth than to landing the big get -- and keeping the big get happy, and ensuring future big gets -- can accomplish. Each time King let Cheney get away with spouting gross inaccuracies and revisionist history, I kept thinking how different things would have been had Stewart been asking the questions. Stewart without the comedy and without the outrage -- just armed with the facts and the willingness to ask tough questions. King opened the interview by showing clips of President Obama saying that his administration had "inherited an economic crisis" and "inherited a big mess.
KING: We thank you for joining us this morning, sir. Your task force is finished its work. The president will unveil the report next week and the administration tries to sell a new long-term energy strategy for this country.