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Desperation, that's the subject of this evening's Talking Points Memo. The disarray on the far left is so intense, they are completely crazed. An op-ed in The L. A. Times suggests impeaching President Bush if weapons of mass destruction are not found in Iraq.
A column in The Washington Post said FOX News Channel and other Murdoch-owned vehicles are slime.
So what exactly is going on here? Well, the far left knows it has two bullets left in the chamber. If deadly weapons are not found in Iraq, President Bush and the U. S. intelligence community loses major credibility because the war was partially sold on that threat.
But it's far too early to expect that weapons expertly hidden for more than a decade can be produced on the spot, especially in the post-war chaos. So, fair-minded Americans, and that excludes ideological fanatics, know more time is needed to track those weapons if they do indeed exist.
It's also important to note that reporter Judith Miller of The New York Times does believe the weapons are there. She spelled out the weapons yesterday.
The second bullet is the demonization of the FOX News Channel and your humble correspondent because we were right about the outcome of the war, and because the far left was so blatantly wrong, the only thing they can do now is to attack us personally.
The vicious rantings of radical columnists are farcical, but annoying nonetheless. These people are professional liars and will write and say anything if it they think it will demean people with whom they disagree.
It's actually pitiful to watch a once honorable paper like The Los Angeles Times flail around trying to justify their faulty analysis of the war. It's a train wreck to watch columnists for The Washington Post print lies and personal attacks they know aren't true. Zealotry always trumps honesty, but the outcome is already written.
In the end, FOX News Channel will continue to win only if we're honest and correct, as we have been. And the Bush administration will win only if it can explain the weapons of mass destruction situation clearly and without spin.
So, whatever the partisan columnist says doesn't really matter. Most Americans do trust their government, but they will hold the President accountable for his words and deeds, as they should.
And the same thing is true with the news media. Americans will hold us accountable for our words and deeds. The ideologues might think about that in their last desperate days.
And that's The Memo.
The Most Ridiculous Item of the Day
Time now for "The Most Ridiculous Item of the Day"...
As we reported last night, Monica Lewinsky was hired by the FOX Broadcasting Network to host a program called Mr. Personality, and the program did OK in the ratings.
We're not happy about this. We don't wish anything bad for Monica, but she doesn't deserve to host a TV program unless it's on the Discovery Channel, if you know what I mean.
We expect Mr. Personality will party out soon, but we could be wrong, and Ms. Lewinsky could become the next, well, Maury Povich.
No, that would be ridiculous.
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