Sunday, February 26, 2006


Chris Matthews...

...apparently mentioned this blog among others during a rant on the overreaction to the Dubai ports issue. Anybody see it to help give it more context?

Thanks to Robert H. and Eric A. for the heads-up.

UPDATE: Okay, I caught Matthews' syndicated show rerun on CNBC Sunday night. Don't ask me what the heck he was trying to say. It was something about the global pinball machine that the world is in now. Matthews compared the cartoon uproar sweeping through the Muslim world with bloggers getting exercised over the Dubai ports issue. I'm not kidding.

While not mentioned by name, Michelle Malkin, Daily Kos and this site were briefly shown on screen.

Apparently, the link was that the president prime minister of Denmark was surprised by how the cartoon uproar overwhelmed him -- and Bush was surprised by the Dubai controversy.

What on God's green earth is Matthews smoking? For one thing, the Danish president had nothing to do with the publication of the cartoons! So, duh! No wonder he would be surprised about the uproar. On the other hand, the ports deal was approved by a panel of Bush administration representatives! And people aren't supposed to wonder why the president -- and treasury secretary and defense secretary -- don't know the details about it until just before the deal is announced?

Oh, there is one other difference between the two situations.

Um,what was it again?

Oh, right! Rioting Muslims are, in many cases, calling for the death of the cartoonist -- while causing the deaths of other protesters! Bloggers -- and other members of the media -- are, 1) asking for some accountability from members of their government on an issue involving national security and, 2) in some cases, calling for the deal to be scrapped (there is by no means unanimity on the latter point).

These are somehow equivalent examples of a "global pinball machine"?

Thanks for the milli-second of visual publicity, Chris, but please get a frickin' clue.

UPDATE II/CORRECTION: Yes, Denmark has a PRIME MINISTER (and a queen), not a president! I knew that and still ended up writing "president" anyway. Thanks to the MANY who pointed that out.

UPDATE III: Matthews has managed to do the impossible: Put himself in the crosshairs of "media truthsquaders" on both the right and the left. Expose The Left has "global pinball machine" footage. Meanwhile, liberals have had an anti-Matthews site up for a few weeks. Matthews might say that "If both the right and the left hate me, I must be doing something right." Um, as the old song goes, that ain't necessarily so.

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