After Pat Robertson’s comment that the United States should assassinate Hugo Chavez, I wrote that, had Robertson called for the assassination of the American president, he’d be taking less heat from the media and others. He couldn’t really be taking much more.
After Robertson’s words, all hell broke loose. The left, and many on the right, were bashing the wacky Pat as typical of the Christian wingnut mentality. Assassinations of foriegn officials are illegal, after all. What a dick!
Well, Hugo Chavez must have better P.R. people than Saddam Hussein did.
How short our memories are. It seems like only yesterday when so many members of the media were suggesting that the U.S. kill Saddam Hussein:
Thomas Friedman, foreign affairs columnist, New York Times, November 6: “Saddam Hussein is the reason God created cruise missiles. …So if and when Saddam pushes beyond the brink, and we get that one good shot, let’s make sure it’s a head shot.”
**George Stephanopolous, former Clintonite and current ABC News analyst, on ABC’S “This Week,” Nov. 9: “This is probably one of those rare cases where assassination is the more moral course…we should kill him.”
(**Ol’ George, Bubba’s “mini-me” for a few years, also wrote a 1997 column for Newsweek entitled “Why we should kill Saddam”)
Sam Donaldson, co-host of “This Week,” Nov. 9: We should kill Saddam “under cover of law…. We can do business with his successor.”
Jonathan Alter, Newsweek, November 17: “It won’t be easy to take him out. …But we need to try, because the only language Saddam has ever understood is force.”
No, there’s no media bias. Not at all.
What makes these people different than Pat Robertson? Robertson’s main problem is that he’s not a member of the mainstream media, and therefore doesn’t have the ability to bury his own story.
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