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Do you really want John Gibson 'splaining things to you?

Reported by Chrish - March 13, 2007 -

How addled do you have to be to turn to John Gibson to decode the news for you, and how naive must you be to trust his interpretation of the facts? Today 3/13/07 Gibson dumbed down another complicated, wide-ranging news story to fit in his <450-word My Word item, titled "Real Reason Some Dems Are Calling for Alberto Gonzales to Resign."

Gibson contends that the number one reason Democrats are "coming unglued" is because it's "a way to kick Bush around."

"Chuck Schumer and other liberals are calling for Attorney General Alberto Gonzales to resign over his involvement in the proposed firing of eight U.S. attorneys. The United States attorney in a district of the federal justice system is a political appointee who serves at the pleasure of the president.

One day way back, Bill Clinton ordered Janet Reno to fire every United States attorney and she did — all 93 — and the country reacted with a huge yawn. But now Gonzales was to bump eight back to lucrative private practice and the Dems are coming unglued. Why?

No. 1, because it's a way to kick Bush around. They say they're upset that one of Gonzales' deputies who came to testify before Congress didn't know about the mass firing. But what this is really about is a provision of the Patriot Act they evidently never noticed which allows the attorney general to fire a U.S. attorney, hire another and avoid coming before the Senate for confirmation. Whose fault is that, Mr. and Mrs. Lawmaker?"

Gibson inserts the FOX/White House talking point that the Libby investigation and trial (which you'll recall ended with four guilty verdicts) was political persecuation, and essentially contends that US Attorneys are in place to protect the party in power from prosecution:

"They are political animals, appointed to make certain that if there is a political prosecution — like the one the Democrats just ran on Scooter Libby — the U.S. attorney handles the messiness responsibly.

Yeah, I know. The U.S. attorney didn't prosecute Libby. That's because the case stunk so bad there was no point stinking up the U.S. attorney. A special prosecutor took over."

Gibson expressed outrage that Gonzales apologized for mistakes he made. What was he thinking? Right-wingers never admit mistakes and never, ever apologize - it's a sign of weakness.

"...I watched Alberto Gonzales this afternoon hold a news conference and apologize for the mistakes he made. And then I really did get mad.

What's he doing apologizing? He might consider being sorry for not firing all U.S. attorneys as the president and his staff wanted in the first place."

Well, that's enlightening, very educational. Gibson has seen fit to educate his viewers on several other topics of late:

Real Story Behind CIA Leak, March 06, 2007

What's Really Behind Controversial Jesus Claims, February 26, 2007

Real Culprit in Valerie Plame Leak, January 25, 2007

Why Jimmy Carter's Advisers Are Resigning, January 11, 2007

They don't call it the Big Story for nothin'.