Monday, October 13, 2008

Biting the Hand that Feeds Him

G. Gordon Liddy, like many wingnuts who are brown-nosed by the corporate media, turns right around and kicks them in the teeth, which, in turn, causes the corporate media to brown-nose him even more. From David Brock's The Republican Noise Machine:

Notable Quotables, an attention-getting, twice-monthly publication, provides "a compilation of the latest outrageous, sometimes humorous, quotes in the liberal media." A curious committee comprising Watergate co-conspirator G. Gordon Liddy, Iran-contra convicted felon Oliver North, Marvin Olasky (author of the book Prodigal Press: The Anti-Christian Bias of the American News Media, which advocated that journalists "follow the Bible" in crafting their reports), and the ubiquitous Midge Decter, among others, makes frequent "awards" to the press, such as "Hypocritical Media Hatemongering" and "Good Morning, Morons."

And, as Brock notes, of course these nutty projects are what gives ammo to the likes of Brent Bozell and his crew of troglodytes over at MRC.

Liddy then goes on shows like Joe Scarborough's and Chris Matthews's, or his crap gets pushed by the likes of Lou Dobbs:

Through the "Dobbs List" segment, Dobbs recommends favorite books to the CNN audience, promoting, for example, a tome by G. Gordon Liddy. On his radio show, Liddy, referring to agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, has counseled his audience to "kill the sons of bitches," revealed that he had had a "secret plan to kill columnist Jack Anderson," and announced, "I accept no responsibility for somebody shooting up the [Clinton] White House," after describing how he used photos of the Clintons for target practice on a shooting range.

Liddy's book When I Was a Kid, This Was a Free Country, a cliched attack on "enviroradicals," "fulminating feminists," "devotees of diversity," "politically correct nitwits," and "killer air-bags," made the Dobbs List. Dobbs described the book as "a celebration of sorts of a time when boys could go hunting with a pal, make their own fireworks, and just burn leaves on an autumn afternoon." With odd understatement, Dobbs introduced the Watergate felon as having served "several functions during the Nixon administration." When Liddy's crimes inevitably came up in the interview, Dobbs lauded Liddy for refusing to implicate others, saying, "You never said a word, held your own counsel, and took responsibility for your own actions." To Dobbs, this was evidence of Liddy's "remarkable" character. Cutting to a commercial break, Dobbs said, "Next: Why the Democrats failed to scare voters on Social Security!"