Saturday, April 07, 2007

The Moon wasn't even full, and it wasn't midnight yet, but Matt Lauer heard its call

Transforming the affable Today Show anchor before my eyes into a right wing attack dog, a virtual wingnut werewolf. I was on my way out of the house to go to work, but had stopped to catch his discussion with Russert about Nancy Pelosi's trip to Syria when he went on the offensive. It was unbelievable.
LAUER: Vice President Cheney called Nancy Pelosi’s trip to Syria “bad behavior,” a Washington Post editorial on Thursday called it “counter-productive and foolish,” and an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal this morning goes a step further and suggests her trip may actually have been a felony, that it may have violated something called the Logan Act. Tim, is this the way the Democrats wanted to get off the mark in terms of foreign affairs?
Russert tries to calm him down, but Lauer just sinks his teeth in more deeply and won't let go.
LAUER: Well, that’s their side of the story. However, if you look back at the mid-term elections, clearly some voters in this country were unhappy with the administration’s foreign policy, specifically in Iraq; it’s one of the reasons we think Democrats took control of Congress. But if the Democrats and Speaker Pelosi appear to be acting irresponsibly or incompetently, and let’s face it, a lot of people think she messed up on this one, what’s the impact for Democrats overall?
You just wondered who was pulling the strings, and why. Does Nancy Pelosi really pose a threat to GE? (Think Progress has video and a complete transcript of this strange interlude of Lauer baying at the Moon.)


Dr Diablo said...

They're just trying to fan the flames of this controversy going into the Easter. News is slow on a holiday weekend and they don't want the Petosi flap to die down. What are they supposed to file excited, up-to-the-minute reports about this weekend--the Easter egg hunt on the White House lawn?

I don't think Petosi should act as a free lance envoy, but I just can't get that cranked about it, frankly. It's a time-honored tradition. I'm sure journalists are praying for an oil spill, an incident in Jerusalem on Easter Sunday, or anything at all that will motivate people to leave their sets on during Easter dinner.

Madison Guy said...

I wouldn't want Potosi to go either. It doesn't take a whole village. Pelosi's fine, though.

Anonymous said...

What Dr D said in his first graf. It's all in getting eyeballs.

Dr Diablo said...

Horrified and mortified, I wanted to correct my error immediately, but your budget blog has no EDIT function. I hoped it would pass unnoticed, but you hung me out to dry just like CBS did Imus.

Therefore, I must take the action honour compels: I will post here no more. Farewell forever.

Madison Guy said...

Dr. Diablo, I hope your sense of honour allows you to reconsider. Your contributions would be missed. In case you do, remember that while there's no edit function there is both a preview function and, if worse comes to worst, a trashcan for deleting errant comments and starting over. Or not.

Dr Diablo said...

OK, I'll stay.