Tuesday, October 07, 2008

E. J. Dionne’s Palin-bias stumble

WaPo columnist E. J. Dionne, Brookings Institution fellow and Georgetown professor, is often called “’the thinking liberal’s’ liberal pundit.”

Yesterday James Taranto at his WSJ Best of Web blog posted the following- - -

A hilarious example of press bias against Palin occurred last Friday on "The Diane Rehm Show," a production of Washington's WAMU-FM. The exchange between hostess Rehm, caller Tom of Norwich, Vt., and Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne begins at about 46:10 of the "10:00 News Roundup":

Tom: I just wonder why not more has been made of the statement by Palin during the debate last night that "Maliki and the Talabani"--this is a quote from the transcript--"also in working with us are knowing again that we are getting closer and closer to the point of victory." The Talibani obviously are our absolute enemy and have been since 9/11; Maliki, our central ally in Iraq. This to me is a tremendous blunder, revealing a very superficial familiarity with these sorts of terms.

Rehm: Thanks for calling, Tom. . . . E.J.?

Dionne: I think that "superficial" is absolutely the right word for the knowledge or the lack of knowledge Palin showed yesterday. I'm glad the caller raised that one, and I suspect there is going to be a scouring of that transcript for exactly that sort of gaffe. That has echoes of some of the stuff she said to Katie Couric.

If you look at the debate transcript, however, you will see that the reference is not to "the Talabani" but to Talabani--as in Jalal Talabani, the president of Iraq.



I don’t know about “thinking liberals,” but I’ll bet most other people at least chuckled at Dionne pompous and erroneous response.

I wonder if a “thinking liberal” has let Dionne know what the rest of us know.

Taranto’s entire post’s here.


Anonymous said...

E. J. Dionne’s Palin-bias stumble-
WaPo columnist E. J. Dionne- Brookings Institution fellow and Georgetown professor….
The credentials of E.J. Dionne would have been of note in the past, but Brookings in a known liberal think-tank, and college professors hold about the same esteem as pickpockets in my view.

Who cares what a BO Tanker blathers about? The Gang of 88 doesn’t want for comrades, they can step on any college campus for Marxist sympathizers.

I always wondered what some professors would say if they realized what their students actually think of them.

Not nice, but remember who wallows in hate mongering. Just ask a leftist prof what they think of President Bush, but be advised, bile spewing can ruin your shoes.