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Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Tucker Carlson: Earning His Pay

Moving a small section of the Drudge-led controversy over Coretta Scott King's funeral.

"Those filthy libotards turned it into a hate-fest!"

All the major lefty-blogs (Crooks & Liars, Firedoglake, yada yada) are covering the right-wing freakout over the comments made during the ceremony, because some "lib'rals" had the nerve to speak "truth to power" in front of Our Kid.

The Reverend Dr. Joeseph Lowery's comments were the strongest:
"We know now there were no weapons of mass destruction over there [standing ovation]. But Coretta kew and we know that there are weapons of misdirection right down here.

Millions without health insurance. Poverty aounds. For war billions more but no more for the poor."
Needless to say, the wing-nuts are freaking.

Crooks & Liars has some great video of conservative wingnut Kate O'Beirne going new-kew-ler over the atmosphere at the funeral. She compared King's funeral to Paul Wellstone's, called President Carter "graceless," and said that liberals cannot "keep politics away from funerals."

Kate? Bite me.

I mean...can you imagine the atmosphere at a funeral for a national conservative figure?
"Grover stood for something that...all Americans should stand for; he wanted to drown the federal government in a bath-tub! (Applause) And...he wanted to destroy the Dem-o-crat party! (Applause) Let us never forget his great legacy."
Back to Dr. Lowery.

Tucker Carlson had him on the phone last night...and tried to get Dr. Lowery to, um, apologize for his comments:
CARLSON: It’s not hard to hear that [your remarks] and not draw the obvious conclusion that that’s an attack on President Bush, which of course is your right to do, and I think completely fair.

But again, it seemed very uncomfortable to say something like that in a funeral with the president right there.

It seemed like bad manners.

LOWERY: Well, I don’t think so. I certainly didn’t intend for it to be bad manners. I did intend for it to — to call attention to the fact that Mrs. King spoke truth to power.

And here was an opportunity to demonstrate how she spoke truth to power about this war and about all wars.

And I think that, in the context of the faith, out of which the movement grows, we have always opposed war. We’ve always fought poverty. And we base our — our argument on — on the faith, on the fact that Jesus taught us.

He identified with the poor. “I was hungry; you didn’t feed me. I was naked; you didn’t clothe me. I was in prison; you didn’t see about me.” He talked about war. He talked about he who lives by the sword.

So I’m comfortable with the fact that I was reflecting on Mrs. King’s tenacity against war, her determination to witness against war and to speak truth to power.

Think Progress has an interesting screen-shot of this show.

Look carefully at the banners on the left side of the screen.

They read, "Bush Bashing, King Funeral, Cartoon, Sex Offenders, Voter Fraud, Democrats."

MSNBC's message is clear...don't you think?

Very FOX-y.

And, boy, is this a great example of the liberal media at work, or what?

Your comments, please.

More later...


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