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Ed Driscoll

Shoot The Messenger!

September 18th, 2009 - 3:21 pm

“Hannah Arendt had it right”, the late Sen. Pat Moynihan once told an interviewer. “She said one of the great advantages of the totalitarian elites of the twenties and thirties was to turn any statement of fact into a question of motive.”

As Allahpundit writes at Hot Air, that’s today’s modified limited hangout for the CEO of ACORN and their state-run media enablers:

It’s “shoot the messenger” time for Bertha Lewis — and for WaPo, which contents itself with shooting the messenger’s father instead. From today’s piece about the ACORN sting, your non sequitur of the year:

Giles did not respond to phone calls and requests through Townhall.com editor Jonathan Garthwaite for an interview. Her father, Doug Giles of the radical Clash Church in Miami, had complained of what he called the evils of the Obama administration and its alliance with ACORN.

In an online opinion piece last month, titled “What Obama’s Town Hall Charade and Pam Anderson’s Breasts Have in Common,” Doug Giles complained of Obama’s “rent-a-mobs” at a health care town hall in New Hampshire. He claimed Obama could “summon a cabal at the drop of a red fez,” including “ACORN lug nuts ready to register Mickey Mouse” to vote.

You’re not going to trust exhaustive documentary video evidence gathered by the daughter of a “radical,” are you?

As President McCain strengthens our missile defense systems in Poland, distances America from the Iranian mullahs, and avoids nationalizing the auto industry, all I can say is that it’s a good thing the Post did everything in its power to expose the hateful-rhetoric eminating from the radical church that one of the more extreme leftwing presidential candidates attended for years.

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