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Friday, December 17, 2010

How Many Stupid Things Can You Say in One Sentence?

Listen to Bob Beckel below, starting at about 1:00. He calls for Julian Assange's assassination (because Bob's not in favour of the death penalty!), and then says (I'm transcribing as accurately as I can, but probably got a word or two wrong):

"a dead man can't leak stuff..."
-- Ahem, Bob, the whole point of the threat is that if he is killed, then he will leak more stuff, because, you know, he already has it and it's already on hundreds of servers.

"this guy is a traitor"
-- Er, Bob, he's not a US citizen.

"a treasonist"

-- Er, Bob, he's not a US citizen.

"and he has broken every law of the United States"
-- 1) he's not under US jurisdiction, Bob; and
2) every law?! Does Bob mean he thinks Assange has shot bald eagles, counterfeited US money, cheated on his taxes, brought a minor across state lines for illicit purposes, trafficked in cocaine, etc. etc.?

Now, amusingly, while one part of the US media openly calls for Assange's assassination, another part of it attacks him for having been in hiding!



(Hat tip to Murphy.)

2 comments:

  1. Gene, the thing about the "broken every law" is even worse: It's not clear that he has broken ANY law. Or rather, if he has, then so are all the newspapers that are publishing the same cables as WikiLeaks.

    Glenn Greenwald thinks that's why the gov't is pressuring Manning so much; they need a way to go after Assange that doesn't immediately criminalize mainstream journalists.

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  2. "every law?! Does Bob mean he thinks Assange has shot bald eagles, counterfeited US money, cheated on his taxes, brought a minor across state lines for illicit purposes, trafficked in cocaine, etc. etc.?"
    That's exactly what I thought when I heard this. "Assange parked his car in a way as to obstruct ingress to the White House?"

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