Complicating World Views

Ya know, if the current resident of the Oval Office had talked about visiting all 57 States in America or had momentarily slipped up by complaining that we didn’t have enough Arabic translators in non-Arabic speaking Afghanistan, I do believe the Daily Show and Colbert Report would have been all over it.
But when He Who Is Change does it? Nahhhhh. I mean, c’mon, he’s a good guy and isn’t the same kind of inherently evil, yet pathologically numb doofus that currently sits in the White House, right? Besides, you agree with The Prince. If you don’t agree with someone, then it goes without saying that a simple difference of opinion ain’t enough: they must also be evil and stupid and a poopy-pants. Right?

Some of the media elite have found that Karl Rove in his new role as a commentator is, to their apparent astonishment, a pretty good guy. Rove is now a FOX News contributor and also writes for the Wall Street Journal and Newsweek. The New York Times quotes Newsweek editor Jon Meacham as saying the former Bush political strategist is getting positive reviews from the staff.
The Times writes, “Mr. Meacham said Mr. Rove had been received surprisingly well in the magazines newsroom, where he has been a reliable colleague who files his articles on time and works diligently with fact checkers.
After one editor dealt with him, Mr. Meacham said, “The editor called me and said, ‘This just complicated my world view. I may like Karl Rove.'”

Imagine that: you can disagree with someone and still think they’re an OK person. Or, you can like someone and still call them out when they make mistakes. How very…nuanced.

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Greg
Greg
13 years ago

57 states?! Not his best moment.
McCain was quoted as saying “Back in my day, when there were only 13 states, it was a lot easier to keep track of them all.”

clay
clay
13 years ago

The 57 states thing is stupid, since he obviously meant 47 (Said he had one more state to go, and couldn’t go to hawaii or Alaska). Saying we need more arab translators in Afghanistan, however, is a bit different.

IrmaM
IrmaM
13 years ago

The Daily Show and The Colbert Report
Should be “Fair and Balanced” like Fox Noise,Rush Limbaugh,Anchor Rising,The NRA,RILLE,the KKK,Pat Robertson’s 700 Club,Arian Nation,Dan Yorke,Matt Allen,Bob Jones Univ, Hanity,Glenn Beck Fred Phelps, and Ann Coulter

Marc
Marc
13 years ago

Irma, thanks for your valuable contribution to this post.

Monique
Monique(@monique-chartier)
Editor
13 years ago

“McCain was quoted as saying “Back in my day, when there were only 13 states, it was a lot easier to keep track of them all.””
Okay, that was good.

Todd
Todd
13 years ago

Irma you are an Idiot
Pat Robertson, the KKK,Hanity and Anchor Rising are more than “Fair and Balanced”

joe bernstein
joe bernstein
13 years ago

Not even Karl Rove’s worst detractors ever called him stupid;in fact he got under their skin because he was intelligent and effective at campaign planning.
Rove was never a policymaker,so it is hard to blame him for what happened in Iraq.His job was to get Bush elected and re-elected,and if you think about what he had to work with,you must admire his abilities.
Dick Morris is an odious individual,but I think he knows what he’s talking about with regard to the Clintons.
Now Steven Brown is someone for whom I have no respect regarding his abilities as a faux-lawyer and whom I detest personally as a lying,stinking weasel and busybody.

John
John
13 years ago

These were certainly mistakes, but they also could be the result of fatigue or the need to refresh himself on his information after such a long campaign. I would argue that, indeed, the fact (as it has been pretty well-established) that Bush did not realize that there are three, distinct “tribes” in Iraq before going in, is far more ignorant, important, revealing, and damaging to the country, than your snarky response would admit.

David Ben-Ariel
13 years ago

Aren’t there 57 Muslim states?

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