Friday, October 10, 2008

Who Turned on the Spigots?

Krugman via Atrios:

One thing that has been sort of written out of the mainstream history of politics is the sheer insanity of the attacks on the Clintons — they were drug smugglers, they murdered Vince Foster (and lots of other people), they were in league with foreign powers. And this stuff didn’t just show up in fringe publications — it was discussed in Congress, given props by the editorial page of the Wall Street Journal, and so on.

Yes. And that insane stuff was not just what wingnut pundits said, but what they (at least, the radio nutjobs among them) allowed other people to say. From Howie the Putz's Hot Air: All Talk All The Time:

Uncorroborated gossip [was] retailed as if it were fact. On G. Gordon Liddy's show, Ruth from Silver Spring, Maryland, recount[ed] rumors about Clinton's "dalliances with various Hollywood starlets." She [said] there is as sealed underground tunnel to the White House that has secretly been reopened "to allow young ladies to pass between the Treasury and the White House unperceived." Liddy [didn't] challenge a word.

But then such slander was in perfect harmony with what Liddy had been spewing the whole while, calling Clinton "dreadful, disastrous, venal, corrupt, sleazy... the coward-in-chief," and telling his callers to "send 'em... back there to the chicken-guts, waste-fouled waters of the rivers of Arkansas."