Friday, September 08, 2006

NYT peddles Monica reprints and blames Bill for 9/11

Unbelievable: From Alessandra Stanley's truly awful review of ABC's "The Path to 9/11"," which won her the coveted "Wanker of the Day" award from Atrios:
As the terrorist threat mounts, one of the more jarring moments is a real-life clip of President Bill Clinton addressing the nation about Monica Lewinsky.

The Sept. 11 commission concluded that the sex scandal distracted the Clinton administration from the terrorist threat. But in hindsight, surely the right-wing groups who drove for impeachment must look back at their partisan obsession with shame, like widows sickened by the memory of spats about dirty dishes and gambling debts.
Oh? As Think Progress points out, what the 9/11 Commission really said was this::
Everyone involved in the decision had, of course, been aware of President Clinton’s problems. He told them to ignore them. Berger recalled the President saying to him “that they are going to get crap either way, so they should do the right thing.” All his aides testified to us that they based their advice solely on national security considerations. We have found no reason to question their statements.
So much for objective journalism. The New York Times, usually so stingy about putting links in their online stories, feels obliged to put in the Monica link, which connects to an archive listing of all their Monica stories during and after the impeachment fiasco. You can download them for free if you have Times Select, pay several bucks apiece if you don't.

After all this time, the New York Times still can't stop reminding their readers of What Bill Did? They're still trying to profit from the scandal? By mindlessly parroting wingnut propaganda that tarnishes the memory of 9/11 by dragging in Monica Lewinsky? Give me a break.

ABC's fictionalization is due to start airing Sunday night. Not much time left, but if you want to add your voice to the chorus of protests, Think Progress has been doing a great job of raising awareness and has lots of information about people to contact.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I blame Bill Clinton too.