Not only rambling Schorr gets in on the act, but John Ydstie rehashes the story, and in doing so lets Bush off the hook for gaffes and misstatements that truly have had consequences. In his report we hear the Kerry piece (again) , a Joe Biden gaffe, a Dan Quayle goof from 1989, Bush's silly "fool me once" bit from 2002, and an extended ridicule of Dean's 2004 scream in Iowa.
This whole "Kerry Gaffe" episode would have been a wonderful opportunity for a serious news operation to hold Bush to his words and their consequences (since that is what he demands of Kerry in his Georgia attack on Kerry). Here are a few gems that NPR could have held up to scrutiny.
During Bush's infamous "Mission Accomplished" speech of May 1, 2003 he said the following:
- With new tactics and precision weapons, we can achieve military objectives without directing violence against civilians.
- The battle of Iraq is one victory in a war on terror that began on September the 11, 2001 -- and still goes on.
- The liberation of Iraq is a crucial advance in the campaign against terror. We've removed an ally of al Qaeda, and cut off a source of terrorist funding.
Of course this Kerry epidsode would have been a great time to mention the crude bravado of Bush at a news conference in July of 2003 when he said, "There are some who feel like that if they attack us that we may decide to leave prematurely. They don't understand what they're talking about, if that's the case. Let me finish. There are some who feel like -- that the conditions are such that they can attack us there. My answer is, bring them on. We've got the force necessary to deal with the security situation. " A reporter might ask how many of the nearly 3000 US troops killed in Iraq died as a result of that "sensitive" remark?
I'll let John Ydstie end this post with the joking words he used to end his report: "This is Fox, I, I’m sorry, this is the CBS morning, oh Geez, where am I? Oh! This is NPR News."
[Credit is owed to the following Wiki site for compiling many important Bush statements.]