Watching media coverage of the Scooter Libby guilty verdict this week often left me feeling like I was living in an alternate universe. In the fairy tale world of liberal news, the old sing-song campaign line Al Gore once used about everything that should be up is down and everything that should be down is up, comes to life.
In this other world, the fact that Libby was not tried for leaking Valerie Plame’s name, but rather for perjury and obstruction of justice, was not viewed as an indication no illegal leaking occurred, but rather that Karl Rove and “the others” should have been there instead.
Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald’s statement that he did not expect any additional charges to be filed was not seen as evidence that Valerie Plame was not illegally outed. Instead it was portrayed as vindication of Joe Wilson and his claims that his wife’s name was intentionally leaked by a vindictive administration. In this liberal fantasyland Wilson, who has been shown time and time again to have engaged in falsehoods, is treated as not only a hero, but as a credible news source.
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.