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October 20, 2004

Fear No Fear

Conservative NYT opinion editorial writer William Safire crusades agains fearmongering in: The Year of Fear.

the Fear Room at Kerry campaign headquarters is on a hair trigger to turn any breaking news into a personal threat. ... After approving ads that strike fear into U.S. television viewers by exploiting terrorist beheadings of Americans, John Kerry had the chutzpah to say of Bush's reminders of 9/11: "He's scaring people." That was a classic Fear Room maneuver: as soon as editorial revulsion at scare tactics breaks into print, direct that reaction at the other side.
Like many OpEd writers Safire obviously does not read the news sections of the paper he writes for. Today he did not even scan the NYT front page which has a lead titled:
Cheney Cites Bomb in Critisism of Kerry
Vice President Dick Cheney cast doubt Tuesday on whether Senator John Kerry was strong enough to fight terrorism, and asserted that the nation might one day face terrorists "in the middle of one of our cities with deadlier weapons than have ever before been used against us,'' including a nuclear bomb. ... "The biggest threat we face now as a nation,'' he said, "is the possibility of terrorists' ending up in the middle of one of our cities with deadlier weapons than have ever before been used against us - biological agents or a nuclear weapon or a chemical weapon of some kind - to be able to threaten the lives of hundreds of thousands of Americans.''
Are Dick Cheney's speeches written by the Fear Room of the Kerry campaign?

We will not be caught by fear mongering politicians, says Safire and continues:

My advice to voters in this political Year of Fear, as well as to journalists and our sources, is from Joshua 1:9: "Be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed." Courage and freedom will win, and the purveyors of panic will lose.
We hope so and ask Mr. Safire to follow Cheney's advice who adds:
"You have to get your mind around that concept."

Posted by b on October 20, 2004 at 04:20 AM | Permalink


Say, this is a bit OT, but where's billmon? Is Moon of Alabama now a second-level pseudonym for billmon?


Posted by: french speaker | Oct 20, 2004 9:17:15 AM | 1

Bush, Cheney, et al and their press lackeys such as Safire exist in that alternate reality discussed in the NYT's Sunday magazing. In their bubble universe, facts are annoying flys to be swatted away...

Posted by: ByteB | Oct 20, 2004 9:58:18 AM | 2

*magazine not magazing!

Posted by: ByteB | Oct 20, 2004 9:59:38 AM | 3

It is fascinating to watch this work, Bu$hCo has been using fear as their only weapon since Sept 12, 2001. Now everyone from the Shrub to Rush Limbaugh is accusing the Democrats and specifically Kerry of doing that very same thing.

And they get away with it.

No one calls them on it.

Maybe you doom and gloomers are right after all. I should probably agree but that prospect is just too horrible to accept.

Posted by: Dan of Steele | Oct 20, 2004 1:59:32 PM | 4

Hey Dan, you can't be so sure they are getting away with it. Just cause the media wonks don't call em on it doesn't mean that we all suck it up as offered.

Remember, these clowns are getting desperate; less and less of what they say is taken as relevant. Or true by their mangled definition of that word.

There is still hope. Please let there be hope...

Posted by: rapt | Oct 20, 2004 3:05:45 PM | 5

Let them scream, "Politics of Fear!" They are playing our song.

Some good news:
more and more people online are learning to check up on the "news" they hear.
more people respect Jon Stewart's comedy news than respect any actual news show.
Pat Robertson says Bush told him before the iraq war, 'There won't be any casualties.'
Bush's staffer, Karen Hughes, all but calls Robertson a liar.
The serpent has gone around the world, and now it is swallowing its own tail.

Posted by: Citizen | Oct 20, 2004 6:25:32 PM | 6


Karen Hughes, all but calls Robertson a liar

Yes, music to my ears, that grinding and groaning

of the gears right at the neo-con / fundy nexus.

Let them have cleavers unto themselves, for they

had heavens chance and made a hell of it.

Posted by: anna missed | Oct 21, 2004 2:40:59 AM | 7

We must fight John Kerry's empty rhetoric of fea... Wait, this just in! Terror alert Level RED! Aaaah! Run, hide! Only Chimpy can save us!!!

Posted by: melior | Oct 23, 2004 4:30:26 PM | 8

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