Do you remember all that crap about how the Abramoff thing was a "bipartisan scandal"? Do you remember how the Republicans tried to spread that lie and the media seemed ready to go along with it?
Well, you don't hear them saying that anymore. You know why? Here's why:
From the January 26 edition of NBC's Today:
COURIC: Democrats took money from Jack Abramoff, too, Mr. Dean.And the next day, Matt Lauer said this:
DEAN: That is absolutely false. That did not happen. Not one dime of money from Jack Abramoff went to any Democrat at any time.
COURIC: According -- let me just tell you. According to the Center for Responsive Politics, Abramoff and his associates gave $3 million to Republican and one -- Republicans -- and $1.5 million to Democrats including Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid [R-NV]. So, this --
DEAN: Katie, not one -- not one dime. Not one dime of Jack Abramoff money ever went to any Democrat. We can show you the FEC [Federal Election Commission] reports, we'd be very happy to do it. There is a lot of stuff in the press that the Republican National Committee has been spinning that this is a bipartisan scandal. It is a Republican-financed scandal. Not one dime of money from Jack Abramoff ever went to any Democrat. Not one dime.
COURIC: Well, we will obviously have to look into that and clarify that for our viewers at a -- at a later date.
LAUER: We did some research. We went to the Center for Responsive Politics and we found out that, technically speaking, Howard Dean may be correct.
Obviously, NBC was really reluctant to admit that (Howard Dean "MAY" be "TECHNICALLY" correct) - but, whether they were reluctant to admit it or not, they stopped saying it.
Howard Dean has figured that out. The rest of the Democrats have yet to. Everytime they lie, they must be contradicted with the truth. Every time. Every time. Every time. Because that's the ONLY WAY IT STOPS.
Some of the right-wingers and media mavens criticized Dean for his pointed contradiction. ("Ooooooh! He's unhinged!") But if he HADN'T contradicted Couric, they would STILL be calling it a "bipartisan scandal." They would STILL be lying.
Dean stood up, told the truth in plain, clear, blunt terms, and stopped that train before it picked up speed.
Let's do more of that.