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The Mangling of Logic pt. 10

Alright, so US Senator Barbara Boxer points out to Condoleeza Rice during a Senate committee that neither of them have any immediate family in the armed forces, saying
"Who pays the price? I'm not going to pay a personal price. My kids are too old, and my grandchild is too young, ...You're not going to pay a price, as I understand it, within immediate family. So who pays the price? The American military and their families."

Really, she's just stating the obvious. There's no insult contained in the phrase. If anything she could be accused of wasting time. But in the fairy tale that is all Rupert Murdoch owned media it is transformed into a ghastly affront, with the New York Post telling us, without a trace of any sense of irony, that her comments are indicative of Democrat's having a propensity toward "vapidity ... mindlessness ... bitterness ... pettiness of spirit ... political self-indulgence".

Anyway, illogical though this may be, where it really gets mangled is, surprise, on FOX. Here we go:
"I think it was more than cheap -- it was degrading," said Fox News commentator Karen Hanretty "There's nothing more vicious than feminine politics, and Boxer proved herself a shrill harpy.''

From a woman yet! ...and then:
White House Fox contributor, Tony Snow said, Boxer's comments were "outrageous" and "a great leap backward for feminism.''

And just for good measure Rush Limbaugh, champion of women and minorities, educates us:
"Here you have a rich white chick with a huge, big mouth, trying to lynch this -- an African American woman -- right before Martin Luther King Day, hitting below the ovaries here."

You have to hand it to FOX for their unwavering belief in feminism.

Meanwhile, in the real world, Bush and Condi are sending 22,000 more troops to Iraq. When Boxer questions Rice about expected deaths amongst the 22,000 she responds "No, uh, Senator...I don't think there's any way to give you such an estimate."

Which is a lie. According to Jon Solz, an Iraq War vet who is co-founder and chairman of VoteVets.org:
"The Pentagon knows how many casualties they estimate for any of the actions the additional troops will be taking part of. It’s basic war planning. Depending on what happens, that number could go up or go down, but they know what they expect."

Of course, not a word about this from Murdoch media.

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