Sunday, January 16, 2005

Warning: This Post Contains A Link To A Talking Ass

So Hugh Jass-Hewitt and Dildo O'Reilly were lying on the teevee, as usual, but this time they were lying about bloggers.

And the simpering Republican wingnuts excuse Jass's lies with the "being on teevee is hard" defense.

Not surprisingly, Jass now admits he was lying.

What he originally said on the Dildo Factor was: "Blogging are real journalists and people like Powerline and like InstaPundit, like myself, we don't like it when Daily Kos shows up on the take of the Howard Dean campaign. Now Dailey Kos says -- this is one of the bloggers from the left -- he disclosed it, but not to the satisfaction of anyone who was watching. I didn't know. O'REILLY: Oh, this is bunk. This is bull. Nobody knew about this. HEWITT: That's right.

Now Jass says: "I certainly never knew of it and I very much doubt if the other Democratic candidates knew of it throughout the primary season." So Jass originally asserted that nobody knew about 'Kos's relationship with the Dean Campaign, but now admits he doesn't know who knew about it. That's called a lie, Jass.

Jass also says: "I don't read Kos so I don't know if he slammed any of the Democratic candidates back then, but if he did and the readers didn't know he was on the Dean payroll, that's the ethical lapse." Again, Jass admits that he made statements of fact on O'Reilly without knowing the truth of what he was saying. And he asserts that the disclosure was inadequate because he didn't know -- but he didn't know because he never read the fucking website. Every word out of his mouth was a lie.

Even a hillbilly law professor -- even one who cares more about courteous speech than the civility of telling the truth -- should be able to understand this.

It's not "hard to be nuanced" on teevee. I can say this with confidence, though I've never been on teevee. Here's how you do it: Don't bring up a subject about which you know nothing. Don't state as facts things of which you have no knowledge. If someone asks you to speak on a subject you know nothing about, say "I don't know." Maybe it won't be interesting teevee; maybe you won't get invited back. But you won't reveal yourself as a liar, like Jass did.

Simple enough for ya?

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