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Jun 26th 2005

karl rove comments on september 11th

karl rove said wednesday night:

Karl Rove came to the heart of Manhattan last night to rhapsodize about the decline of liberalism in politics, saying Democrats responded weakly to Sept. 11 and had placed American troops in greater danger by criticizing their actions.

“Conservatives saw the savagery of 9/11 in the attacks and prepared for war; liberals saw the savagery of the 9/11 attacks and wanted to prepare indictments and offer therapy and understanding for our attackers,” Mr. Rove, the senior political adviser to President Bush, said at a fund-raiser in Midtown for the Conservative Party of New York State.

Citing calls by progressive groups to respond carefully to the attacks, Mr. Rove said to the applause of several hundred audience members, “I don’t know about you, but moderation and restraint is not what I felt when I watched the twin towers crumble to the ground, a side of the Pentagon destroyed, and almost 3,000 of our fellow citizens perish in flames and rubble.” …

Mr. Rove also said American armed forces overseas were in more jeopardy as a result of remarks last week by Senator Richard J. Durbin, Democrat of Illinois, who compared American mistreatment of detainees to the acts of “Nazis, Soviets in their gulags, or some mad regime – Pol Pot or others.”

“Has there ever been a more revealing moment this year?” Mr. Rove asked. “Let me just put this in fairly simple terms: Al Jazeera now broadcasts the words of Senator Durbin to the Mideast, certainly putting our troops in greater danger. No more needs to be said about the motives of liberals.” [news]

the comments started a small fire in the panties of several liberals, who responded in full-hysterics mode. not to mention hypocrisy. and (cough) not to mention more hypocrisy.

democrats liberals urge restraint after september 11th

the comments also awakened a sleeping giant, the mainstream media, which had virtually ignored illinois senator dick durbin’s recent remarks likening american soldiers to nazis, communists, and the khmer rouge operating concentration camps, gulags, and killing fields. the media research center documents the biased coverage:

When Howard Dean made any number of his outlandish attacks on Republicans, Senator Hillary Clinton described Republicans as “people who have never been acquainted with the truth” and Dick Durbin slimed servicemen by equating detainee treatment at Guantanamo with Nazis and the Soviet gulag, the broadcast network evening and morning shows ignored the remarks, or got to them fleetingly months or a week or so later. But when Karl Rove, the White House Deputy Chief-of-Staff, observed that “liberals saw the savagery of the 9/11 attacks and wanted to prepare indictments and offer therapy and understanding to our attackers,” the networks pounced within hours.

ABC’s World News Tonight, which had never shown the allegations from Clinton or Durbin, jumped on Rove. Anchor Elizabeth Vargas snidely asserted that Rove “was not attempting to reach across the aisle.” Jake Tapper relayed how Rove’s “remarks had Democrats up in arms today as they recall the bipartisan resolution to go to war against al-Qaeda.” Tapper scolded: “President Bush came to office promising to change the tone in Washington. Political observers say it has changed. It’s nastier.” NBC’s Kelly O’Donnell passed along: “Adding insult, Democrats say after 9/11, both parties stood with the President.” CNN’s Aaron Brown chided Rove for his “silly” comments [full transcripts, audio, & video]

was karl rove wrong? what did liberals say after september 11th?

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media research center’s archive [scroll down for rove-affirming comments]

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4 Responses to “karl rove comments on september 11th”

  1. Al

    I was listening to a radio show this morning that clearly did not like President Bush. Each “guest” brought up most of the democrats rhetoric about Iraq and how Bush is getting our boys killed because nobody likes us over there. hmm… I wonder why they don’t like us. Maybe we could ask someone who seem is really smart and knows what is going on over there. I know, lets ask Clinton or Durbin. They seem to know a lot and love to share what they know!
    In Jon Stewarts ‘A Relatively Closer Look’ the other night pleaded for people to stop referring the president and others as nazis, hitler, or pol pots because the those who say those things look stupid and completely destroy any hope they had of making an argument. Of course I am paraphrasing. Here is the link.
    http://www.comedycentral.com/shows/the_daily_show/videos/jon_stewart/index.jhtml

  2. Sarcastro

    Hey you mongoloids.

    You want to stop being compared to Pol Pot, Stalin and Hitler?

    Try not acting like them you ignorant punks.

    And please, give us more of traitor-boy Rove dissing liberals. Like free advertising.

  3. You want to stop being compared to Pol Pot, Stalin and Hitler?

    Try not acting like them you ignorant punks.

    evil dictators = 100,000,000+ dead
    travis’ blog = you’re annoyed

    yeah, we’re clearly acting like ‘mongoloid’ killers. we must immediately stop are evil ways.

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