Tag Archives: Karl Frisch

Today’s Quote-to-Quote: Darth Cheney and ‘Fib’ Kristol Unmasked

“Just going to be fun, don’t you think? Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader, you know? And I want to say that I was always on Darth Vader’s side.”
— Bill Kristol, commenting on the back-to-back speeches by President Obama and Dick Cheney May 21, 2009, as quoted by Karl Frisch at Media Matters.

“Now you tell us. You know, as one of the main intellectual forces behind the Iraq war, that’s kind of a weird thing to admit. You might have wanted to mention, ‘Oh, quick caveat to my plan on a new American century: I’m on the Darth Vader side.’ ”
— Jon Stewart on The Daily Show, responding to Kristol.

“The morning of 9/11the evening of 9/11before 9/119/119/11after 9/11since 9/119/119/119/119/11the point is not to look backwards.”
— Dick Cheney’s speech, as edited by The Daily Show.

“This was as sleazy a presentation by a vice president as we’ve had since Spiro Agnew. This was an absolute abomination.”
— Lawrence O’Donnell on MSNBC’s Hardball.

[H/T to Media Matters.]

Today’s Quote: They’re ‘Three-Card Mountebanks,’ Too

“This week one thing became abundantly clear: Media conservatives want to talk about torture — well, not really; they want to blame House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for failing to stop the Bush administration’s torture policies. You know, the policies conservatives contend worked great to keep us safe. Have trouble following their logic? That’s sort of the point — a shell game is designed to confuse the audience, forcing members of it to select the wrong shell and lose whatever money they’ve thrown on the table. There’s little difference between that curbside gambling and what we’re seeing now from conservatives.”
— Karl Frisch, “The Right’s Tortured Shell Game,” Media Matters, May 15, 2009.

Define mountebanks.

Today’s Quote: Socialized Medicine

“Let’s get one thing straight. Anyone who argues that progressive health-care reform initiatives amount to ‘socialized medicine’ is being disingenuous at best. At worst, they lack a basic understanding of what ‘socialized medicine’ really is.
“Simply put, health-care reform that leaves the for-profit health insurance industry intact, reform that leaves doctors and other medical professionals free to offer their services outside of a government system, reform that leaves citizens free to choose a private health-care plan over a government plan simply can’t be described honestly as ‘socialized medicine.'”
— Karl Frisch, “‘Socialized’ medicine: Next front in the right’s ‘-isms’ arms race,” Media Matters, April 2, 2009.