Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Cutting through the bull

By Capt. Fogg

CNN's Campbell Brown says the presidential campaign has been getting ugly. Last night on "Cutting Through the Bull," she told us:

To say, as Gov. Sarah Palin is now doing, that Barack Obama pals around with terrorists is just outrageous,

and indeed it is, but the fair and balanced charade that's been going on since Fox trotted out that trope, requires a counterpoise to any direct statement even if it's a poor one.

The poor one here is that she equates the Democrat's recalling the Keating 5 scandal in a newly released video with a scurrilous accusation of treason against Barak Obama. It's poor in my opinion because that scandal really occurred, really cost us all over three billion dollars and John McCain, although he wasn't punished, really was reprimanded for his bad judgment. Barak Obama is not plotting with Bill Ayers to blow up buildings.

Reality, even if not quite damning, is more damning than fiction; malicious fiction. The truth is not a matter of balance. It isn't arrived at by finding a midpoint between fact and fiction and no matter how many sides there are to a story, they are not all equally true.

(Cross-posted from Human Voices.)

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