Bizarro land

Here’s Lorie Byrd, who also blogs at Wizbang, on the disconnect between liberal myths in the media and the reality:

In liberal fantasyland, George Bush is not only the “biggest terrorist in the world,” as Cindy Sheehan proclaims, but Bush and his administration are the only people who said Saddam Hussein possessed WMD. In liberal media land, John Kerry never said “”Without question, we need to disarm Saddam Hussein…the threat of Saddam Hussein with weapons of mass destruction is real.” Nor did Nancy Pelosi say, “Saddam Hussein has been engaged in the development of weapons of mass destruction technology which is a threat to countries in the region and he has made a mockery of the weapons inspection process.

There Ted Kennedy didn’t say (in 2002), “We have known for many years that Saddam Hussein is seeking and developing weapons of mass destruction,” nor did Al Gore say (also in 2002),”We know that he has stored secret supplies of biological and chemical weapons throughout his country.” No, in liberal newsrooms across America, “Bush lied” about weapons of mass destruction. That is the official story and they are sticking to it.

I should be able to maneuver through liberal la-la land by now – I visit it often enough when watching network and cable news shows. I still have to do a reality check from time to time though because the facts that are ignored by the liberal media are not limited to those involving the Bush administration and the war in Iraq. The fantasies extend to stories on various subjects.

In this fantasy world, some things that would not make sense anywhere else, are accepted without question. Al Gore, who flies around the globe in private jets spewing greenhouse gas-producing exhaust and lives in multiple energy-gobbling mansions, lectures others to use florescent light bulbs and drive electric cars and is hailed for his good works on behalf of the environment.

John Edwards, who lives in a 28,000 square foot home, and owns a beach house on a gated island off the coast of North Carolina, lectures his fellow citizens that “Jesus would be disappointed in our ignoring the plight of those around us who are suffering and our focus on our own selfish short-term needs.”

Bill Clinton, who admitted to lying under oath in a sexual harassment lawsuit, is held up as a champion for women’s rights. Clinton, who has been accused not only of unwanted groping, but of rape, and who tried to portray the intern with whom he had an ongoing sexual relationship as a lying stalker until DNA evidence surfaced, is adored by liberal feminists.

Jimmy Carter, who referred to the terrorist group Hamas as “so-called terrorists,” and who lost over a dozen advisors from the Carter Center over his anti-Israel book, Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid, is still frequently described as the best “former President” ever and is treated as an unimpeachable authority on the subject of the Middle East.

After submerging myself for hours in network and cable news coverage of stories like the Libby verdict or the war in Iraq, I almost understand why so many Americans are much more interested in following the story of Anna Nicole or the newly bald Britney Spears. In some ways, they are closer to reality than the coverage of political stories we are getting.

Good stuff this.  I meant to quote only a little, but just kept adding more and more paragraphs.

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  • ymarsakar

    In some ways, they are closer to reality than the coverage of political stories we are getting.

    Now that’s a zinger.

  • John Hetman

    Thanks for the lead and a good post. Back in the early 1980s when I was yet pretty much of a Leftist, I began to have strong suspicions that the liberal and left press was incompetent and stupidly deceitful. It came from actually dealing with reporters and wondering how they ever earned their degrees. As long as I fed them what they wanted they sat and wagged their tails.

  • Lulu

    If you want bizarro world, just look at the Kafka-run UN. Eye on the UN is the best source to that surreal, dangerous, and hypocritical world. Then, for some more bizarro behavior, we have people speaking out, rallying, depicting the president as a retarded monkey war criminal with no repercussions, all the while claiming that they are terrified of the fascist gestapo type state we live in. Huh?! Guess they’re not too familiar with what life under a totalitarian regime is really like.
    There’s the complete lack of free speech at the freedom of speech promoting college campuses- all speech is free if it is PC!- other thoughts are dangerous and must be booed off stage and suppressed.

    And of course, bizarro world extends to attitudes towards Israel and the United States, bizarrely painted as modern day Saudi Arabias, while Saudi Arabia and friends are kind of overlooked.
    Oh yes, and bizarro Women’s Rights groups don’t speak out for female victims of genital mutilation, honor killings, spousal abuse, and chattel roles in parts of the Islamic world, and gay rights groups don’t speak out against the hanging and stoning of gays in the Islamist world because, because…. well because it isn’t respecting their indigenous cultures or something like that. Yes indeed, it is surreal, the ideology of the Left. Apparently, the enemy of my enemy is my friend.