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Uncle Joe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-21-07 12:15 PM
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3. Alexander Cockburn enabled Bush to power, here is a small sample of his wisdom.
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http://www.dailyhowler.com/dh060107.shtml

The Nation took the most novel approach. As late as October 16, 2000, it published a crackpot piece by Alexander Cockburn. (At present, Cockburn claims that global warming is a hoax and that Gore is a tool of the nuclear industry.) Weeks before the nation would vote, Cockburn recited endless claims about Big Liar Gore (He said that he invented the Internet! He lied about the union lullaby!), then ended with this stirring paragraph:

COCKBURN (10/16/00): Gore's a fibber through and through, just like Bill. A sad experience in the closing weeks of the campaign is to encounter liberals desperately trying delude themselves that there is some political decency or promise in the Democratic ticket. There isn't. Why talk about the lesser of two evils, when Gore is easily as bad as Bush and in many ways worse? The "lesser of two evils" is by definition a matter of restricted choice, like a man on a raft facing the decision of whether to drink seawater or his own urine. But in this election there are other choices, starting with Nader and the Greens. It isn't just a matter of facing seawater or piss.

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http://www.dailyhowler.com/dh051905.shtml

COCKBURN (10/16/00): What an odd presidential race! So long as George W. Bush keeps his mouth shut and remains in seclusion he floats up in the polls. His best strategy would be to bag the debates, take Laura on an extended vacation and come back a couple of days before the election. Meanwhile, Gore reinvents himself on an almost daily basis. Nothing has been more comical than his "populist" posturings about the Republicans being the ticket of Big Oil and himself and Lieberman being the champions of the little people...

Gore's "populism" is comical, yet one more facet of a larger mendacity. What suppressed psychic tumult drives him to those stretchers that litter his career, the lies large and small about his life and achievements? You'd think that a man exposed to as much public derision as was Gore after claiming he and Tipper were the model for the couple in Love Story, or after saying he'd invented the Internet, would by now be more prudent in his vauntings. But no. Just as a klepto's fingers inevitably stray toward the cash register, so too does Gore persist in his fabrications.



http://www.dailyhowler.com/dh090707.shtml

March 1999 through November 2000: An ugly, twenty-month war against Gore is waged by the mainstream press corps. (Not by Fox, although they play too.) Liberal writers cower and quake, refusing to speak, confront or challenge. Among liberal and progressive journals, the silence is deafeningand it lasts for two years. What does the record show? In the course of this twenty-month war, The American Prospect and The Washington Monthly publish single, stand-alone articles of complaint. Essentially, The New Republic says nothing at all. And as late as October 2000, The Nation is still printing this political porn, courtesy of Alexander Cockburn. To remember the way you were served by this crew, lets revisit this crackpots sad musings. By the way, hes a warming denier:

COCKBURN (10/16/00): What suppressed psychic tumult drives to those stretchers that litter his career, the lies large and small about his life and achievements? You'd think that a man exposed to as much public derision as was Gore after claiming he and Tipper were the model for the couple in Love Story, or after saying he'd invented the Internet, would by now be more prudent in his vauntings. But no. Just as a klepto's fingers inevitably stray toward the cash register, so too does Gore persist in his fabrications.


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