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Monday, October 31, 2005

Too far with a fair point

Posted by: Hammer / 9:38 AM

Think Progress raises a fair point about Brit Hume's admonition to Juan Williams:

JUAN WILLIAMS: You can try to minimize it, but the fact that you have Scooter Libby, so involved in justifying going to war, and in the posture of trying to smear a critic of that justification. I think is pretty revealing and pretty damaging to the Bush White House. I think they’re going to have to rebuild a sense of trust with the American People. And that’s why when Brit asked this question, why did he have to lie, he felt the need to lie if he did lie, but by all indications he’s going to say I didn’t remember it quite the way this person remembered and all the like. That’s not very strong in my book, and I think Fitzgerald did a terrific job on Friday. But the reason he felt the need was to make it clear that he was not involved in what really was a conspiracy to defame Joe Wilson.

BRIT HUME: Juan, somebody needs to hose you down.

(Video via Crooks and Liars.)

Atrios, however, takes the point a bit too far. He includes a picture that appears to be firefighters turning a hose on protesters. (The picture, admittedly is small. Perhaps I'm reading too much into it.)

I'm not in the business of defending Brit Hume, but it seems to me Hume is suggesting that Williams is over heated or intemperate in his remarks about the indictments. Hume is suggesting, inartfully, that Williams needs to be "hosed down" to cool off. I don't see any indication that Hume is suggesting that they should "turn the hose on" Williams to punish him for his remarks.

It's appropriate to note that the right wing spin machine is already in full gear seeking to minimize Libby's indictment, but Atrios's photo takes a fair point too far.

4 Comments:

Spotty watched black people being hosed down on the old family black and white television when he was a pup. It is an ugly chapter in US history, Brit Hume is an ahistorical, insensitive boob. Atrios was not out of line.

By Anonymous Spotty, at 7:17 PM  

It's an ugly chapter in US history, but I don't think Hume was referring to it with his remarks.

By Blogger Hammer, at 7:32 AM  

There are some things you don't make "accidental" reference to; that's why Hume is an ahistorical, insensitive boob.

By Anonymous Spotty, at 8:23 AM  

We'll just have to disagree on this one, Spotty. When I hear the term "hosed down" I think of the cooling shower horses get after the end of a race. Given Hume's history, I understand why many would not give him the benefit of the doubt.

By Blogger Hammer, at 8:31 AM  

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