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Lt. Col. North smears General Clark

Reported by Chrish - October 5, 2007 -

The infamous Oliver North was brought on as a guest on FOX and Friends this morning 10/05/07 to defend radio host Rush Limbaugh's comments about "phony soldiers" and to attack a higher-ranking officer, albeit in another service branch, General Wesley Clark. In the wake of the Petraeus ad "scandal" can we expect outrage and denunciation about North's insults of a superior officer?

No surprise, right off the bat the convicted liar misrepresented the context of Limbaugh's comments, saying that he was referring to Jesse Macbeth and unnamed other people who really have falsely represented themselves as vets and currently serving. The full transcript from September 27th, as archived at MediaMatters.org (not the edited version Limbaugh and his defenders are working from) clearly shows the flow of the conversation, and they were referring to the previous caller:

CALLER 2: I have a retort to Mike in Chicago...
and lumped him as one of "these soldiers that come up out of the blue and talk to the media.

LIMBAUGH: The phony soldiers."

You can read the unfolding and the spin and the pretzel-logic all at MediaMatters.org;

But on F&F this morning, North misrepresented the conversation and then proceeded to attack General Wesley Clark, who is calling for Limbaugh's removal from the Armed Forces radio Network. North dismissed the notion that it might be removed, saying Harry Reid's grousing isn't going to change a thing. Carlson said she's surprised at this coming from Clark, who as career military should know of Limbaugh's history of supporting the troops (from the safety of his studio, perhaps to make up for not serving himself when he had the chance and we had the need.) North agreed that he should, but he's a

"big friend of Billary and Hillary... the bottom line is he's very much become a Democrat (sic) pawn... it's very clear that he's simply now a shill for the Democrat (sic) party."

North asserted that Clark ought to be talking about Macbeth, or this morning's "victory" where we killed "25 bad guys" without any US casualties. International reports have Iraqi police and officials claiming civilians were among the dead, including women and children. This was a throwaway line by North to further diminish Clark and to give a cheer for the war.

Is it OK to question the motives of Army Generals with whom you disagree? On FOX, if they're against the Iraq war and pro-Democratic candidates, the answer is a resounding YES.