by Scoobie Davis
Responding to Liars
One thing I agree with Bill O'Reilly is that it's necessary to stand up to people who attack you; the problem is that the people whom O'Reilly accuses of unfairly attacking him are right (BTW, a new book on O'Reilly is The Oh Really? Factor : Unspinning Fox News Channel's Bill O'Reilly by Peter Hart of FAIR is due out soon; check it out).
One of the reasons that the 2000 election became the 2000 selection was that the right has a much bigger megaphone than the left. The Daily Howler was one of the few voices responding to the lies that Al Gore was a pathological liar (I was able to contribute in a small way with my phone call to Rush in 2000).
We have to make sure not to make that mistake in 2004. I'm heartened that truth squads are forming to address the smears on the right against Wesley Clark. Recently, the Weekly Standard and George "Take it somewhere else, Buster" Will have attempted to portray Clark as a habitual liar. PrometheusSpeaks addresses this.
UPDATE: Ben Fritz of Spinsanity writes about the distortions revolving around Clark's 9/11 phone call.