WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Before the Iowa voters sent him back to the showers in Missouri, the statement people remember most from Dick Gephardt was his repeated and revolting accusation that President George W. Bush is a "miserable failure." This president has toppled a terrorist regime in Afghanistan and an evil dictator in Iraq, and is working to bring peace, hope and democracy to both troubled countries. That alone would be an accomplishment for most presidents. But on top of that, since Sept. 11, the Bush administration has to date prevented another terrorist attack on our homeland, reinvigorated the economy, which was shocked by the terrorist attacks, and renewed the public's optimism in our future, to name just a few of his accomplishments.
It's hardly a record that could be described as a "miserable failure." Iowa voters didn't care much for Gephardt's shrill commentary and gave him what he deserved -- an ignominious end to his career.
Former Vermont governor, and soon-to-be former presidential candidate, Howard Dean has thrown a 12-month tantrum against George W. Bush, declaring a week before the Iowa caucuses, "George Bush is not my neighbor." Dean's Park Avenue petulance earned him a Bronx Cheer from Des Moines Democrats, who correctly assessed that he is more fit for an anger management course than a national security briefing in the Oval Office.
Lesson to Democrats: criticize the troops, their commander in chief and the job they are both doing at your peril. They may or may not listen to this advice. But those who are sure to ignore it are the cynical scribes in our media.
Media bias against conservatives is an old story with a new chapter written every day -- two new chapters every day during campaign season. Consider the media's reaction to last week's State of the Union address.
Here was a solid, well delivered speech outlining the many accomplishments we have made in the war on terror and the nation's resolve never to give in to the terrorist threat.
"America will never seek a permission slip to defend the security of our country," the president declared. "We've not come all this way -- through tragedy, and trial, and war -- only to falter and leave our work unfinished." This well-written rhetoric is backed up by President Bush's resolute leadership. As he noted in the speech, "For diplomacy to be effective, words must be credible, and no one can now doubt the word of America."
But contrast the dignity and seriousness of President Bush's address with the media's deliberate misreporting and condemnation of it.
Oliver North is a nationally syndicated columnist, the host of War Stories on the Fox News Channel, the author of the new novel Heroes Proved and the co-founder of Freedom Alliance, an organization that provides college scholarships to the children of U.S. military personnel killed or permanently disabled in the line of duty. Join Oliver North in Israel by going to www.olivernorthisrael.com.