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Monday, September 26, 2005

Pres. Bush Hitting the Sauce Again?

Well, consider the source.

The supposed lurid accusation comes from none other than that bastion of multiple layers of fact checking, the National Enquirer. According to a Dr. Justin Frank, Bush is likely hitting the bottle again. This is backed up with several quotes from “other sources” and “family sources.”

Shocking. Tragic. But wait. What say, in the interests of journalistic fidelity, that we take a little closer look at this article, shall we?

For starters, there is not a single named source for these accusations, save for that of Dr. Frank. Every other quote, assertion, accusation or suggestion is attributed to the amorphous “other sources,” "insiders," and "family sources."

"When the levees broke in New Orleans, it apparently made him reach for a shot," said one insider.
An insider who of course could not be named, I’m sure out of fear of recrimination.

Let’s think about this for a second. What Bush “family member” in their right mind would say anything at all to the National Enquirer?

And what about that one named source that they do throw in for “credibility?” Dr. Justin Frank, author of “Bush On The Couch: Inside The Mind Of The President.” (read the review). As referenced on Media Matters For America website,

"According to the book's official website, 'At once a compelling portrait of George W. Bush and a damning indictment of his policies, Bush on the Couch sheds startling new light on an administration whose record of violence and cruelty seems increasingly dependent on the unstable psyche of the man at its center.'”
But wait, there’s more. Media Matters is, “dedicated to comprehensively monitoring, analyzing, and correcting conservative misinformation in the U.S. media.” Hmm. I’m sensing a trend.

So what ELSE does the good Doctor have to say?

Prominent DC Shrink Diagnoses Bush to be a Paranoid, Sadistic Meglomaniac

Dr. Frank's expert recommendation? "Our sole treatment option -- for his benefit and for ours -- is to remove President Bush from office . . . before it is too late." (Capitol Hill Blue)
Ahh, like you didn’t see THAT coming.

So what about some personal information on Dr. Frank, you ask?
“A Democrat, he once headed the Washington Chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility”,
whose mission is:
“Recognizing that new dangers now threaten us, PSR has expanded its mission to include environmental health, addressing issues such as global climate change, proliferation of toxics, and pollution. Facing an epidemic of gun violence that kills 28,000 Americans a year, PSR also works to address firearms as a major public health menace."
Hmm. So, let’s recap. We’ve got unsubstantiated reporting from a scurrilous journal widely famous for stories like “Alien With Two Heads Ate My Grandmother,” incorporating several unnamed sources. The one ringer they do bring in to add weight to their allegations is a liberal Democrat with strong ties to a social “progressive” activist organization dedicated to opposing global warming, gun violence, and weapons proliferation. And his solution to this looming specter of Bush’s impending alcoholic rage episodes? Remove Bush from office. How handy THAT would be for the Lefties, eh?

And yet the lefty blogs parrot this nonsense like it’s gospel. If you take such blithering at face value, you ARE stuck on stupid.

UPDATE:

Michelle Malkin has a piece slamming lefty gutter-mouthBILL MAHER for running with the story, and Crooks and Liars has the video.

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