Read it and weep:
Twenty-two percent (22%) of adults believe that Saddam Hussein "helped plan and support the hijackers who attacked the United States on September 11th." However, all of these beliefs and others have declined sharply since the questions were asked in February 2005. For example:
Those who think Saddam Hussein had strong links to Al Qaeda have fallen from 64 to 41 percent.
Those who believe that Iraq was a serious threat to U.S. security are down from 61 to 48 percent.
Those who think Saddam Hussein helped plan 9/11 are down from 47 to 22 percent.
Those who think Iraq had weapons of mass destruction are down from 36 to 26 percent.
Those who think Iraqi hijackers attacked the United States on 9/11 have fallen from 44 to 24 percent.
The Foreign Office has had the draft of Craig's book for clearance for over 3 months now, and they are doing everything they can to try and prevent him from publishing his side of the story. Their latest attempt to cover their own backs was to inform him, the night before Christmas Eve, that these two documents cannot be published, and that he was to return or destroy all copies immediately.
The list. The list of "Media Operations that Traffic in Defamation™." Early Christmas morning, we jumped out of bed, ran to the tree, shoved all the iPods, sweaters, and cheese logs out of the way, and found our laptop. Eagerly we logged on, clicked "the link," and ... nothing. Nothing! Bill O'Reilly left us the blogging equivalent of coal in our stocking. Eleven O'Reilly posts since our War on the War on the War on Christmas started, and ... nothing!
We resolve to hold prominent people accountable when they smear others. That simply has to stop. But karma is kicking in. For example, left wing zealot George Clooney ran around smearing me to try to bring attention to his movies this season. It didn't work. Fewer than four million Americans went to see his first film. And the second one is shaping up to be a big box office bomb.
Now Clooney's a talented guy. He's making a huge mistake using smear tactics.
And speaking of disasters, our competitor at MSNBC is a notorious smear merchant. So far this month, December, "The Factor's" third rerun at 4:00 in the morning has beaten the MSNBC's original 8:00 program more than 50 percent of the time. Unbelievable.
Solution? Readers, we must flock to Syriana and leave the tube on MSNBC 24/7! Who's with me?!
O'Reilly's fans also seem to have forgotten his pre-invasion pledge: "If the Americans go in and overthrow Saddam Hussein and it's clean, he has nothing, I will apologize to the nation, and I will not trust the Bush administration again." Instead of making good on his promise, he decided it would be a better use of his time to continue a boycott of France for not going along with the invasion. He justifies this behavior by calling the lack of WMDs "a left wing lie." It's a good thing he does oppose the death penalty; with a burden of proof like that, everyone's a killer.
Birmingham Blues directed us here for a delightful bit of mockery by Rosa Brooks called "The Grinch Factor" - we give only an except, but you must read the whole thing:
THE WHOS down in Who-ville
Were a tolerant lot:
Who Christians, Who Muslims - a Who melting pot.
Who Hindus! Who atheists! Who Buddhists, Who Jews!
Who Confucians, Who pagans,
And even Who Druze!
The Who 1st Amendment's Establishment Clause
Said, "No creches in courts," and the Whos loved their laws.
Because somehow . they worked. The Whos rarely fought,
Mostly, each Who did just what he ought.
Every Who down in Who-ville
Loved the Consti-Who-tion a lot.
But the O'Reilly, who lived up in Fox-ville,
The O'Reilly DETESTED the Who Consti-Who-tion,
He thought it was some sort of liberal pollution.
Now, please don't ask why, for I really don't know.
Perhaps it had something to do with his show.
It could be that his head wasn't screwed on quite right.
Or it could be, perhaps, that his shoes were too tight.
But I think that the most likely reason of all
May have been that his RATINGS
Were two sizes too small.
Well, whatever it was, bad ratings or tight shoes,
He stood there one Christmas, just hating the Whos. [more]
Wherein We Momentarily Stop
Holding Our Breath Until We Turn Blue
So we haven't stopped trying to get onto O'Reilly's list of "Media Operations that Traffic in Defamation™," but we have re-evaluated our approach. First, O'Reilly said his list would be of "the names of all who support the smear merchants ...." Fair enough ... who wouldn't qualify? But then O'Reilly upped the ante: now the list is of media that "helped distribute defamation and false information supplied by far left websites." [emphasis supplied.] Aha! This is why we have not been blacklisted!
Clearly, a change of tactics is in order. We can't qualify by merely mocking Falafel Claus; we have to distribute the mockery. If Bill Googles "O'Reilly left wing smear" Agitprop must be the first result!
Therefore, if you care about Agitprop, if you want to see our Adsense revenue ever crawl above a buck a day, you know what you must do. Forward every smear of O'Reilly you see. Snail mail, email, we don't care. We'll link to it all. If you write it, we will publish it. Link to this post. If you Photoshop him, up it goes here at Agitprop. If you build it, we will come.
O'Reilly Avoided Vietnam
But He's Not Getting Out of This One
Yesterday, we reported on The New Yorker making O'Reilly's list (now there are four enemies of the State on it). We offered our congratulations, but expressed our concern that, despite devoting lots of snark to O'Reilly, Fox, and their views, we had not made the list. While we take seriously our obligation to expose fascist propaganda regardless of its source, we cannot let this oversight stand.
To that end, we will now focus exclusively on O'Reilly until we make his list.
As a first salvo, we reprint a bit of the Hedrik Hertzberg piece that caused O'Reilly to honor The New Yorker:
O’Reilly sat out Vietnam. In the war on the War on Christmas, however, he not only has been in the trenches but has gone over the top. “I am not going to let oppressive, totalitarian, anti-Christian forces in this country diminish and denigrate the holiday!” he said the other day. And, “I’m going to use all the power that I have on radio and television to bring horror into the world of people who are trying to do that!” And, “There is no reason on this earth that all of us cannot celebrate a public holiday devoted to generosity, peace, and love together!” And, “And anyone who tries to stop us from doing it is gonna face me!”
O'Reilly and Fox: We will fight you on the beaches, we will fight you in the fields, we will fight you in the streets. We will never surrender! So list us, or face out wrath. Bitchez!
But this raises a troubling issue ... what does Agitprop have to do to make O'Reilly's enemies list? We have mocked.O'Reilly.at.every.turn. We have run the picture you see two or three times. We regularly join in a chorus of "Jolly Old St. Falafel."Again and again we have posted on this steaming pile of dishonesty. But nothing.
So what to do? It is critical that Agitprop make the list if we are to bring our Rejectionist, Defeatist message to the wider world. So we ask you, our readership. What do we have to do to get on the damn list? Please help us. Our very viability is at stake.
Since we're being watched, and the Dear Leader said he intends to keep watching, we might as well just fess up and get it over with. So Agitprop asks ... what are you, and why? Best answer wins a left-leaning t-shirt. Are you:
Here at Agitprop, depending on the day and the phase of the moon, we mostly find ourselves part Saddamist, part Defeatist. We miss that wacky Saddam, but only because he's keeping us from finding real terrorists. However, it's also true that the terrorists are now mostly in Iraq, and that should make them easier to find. We are part Defeatist because, well, the Dear Leader has decided to stay the course. He wants victory!
So line up according to belief, and get ready for your extraordinary rendition. Stopping in the U.K. and Poland ... all aboard!
The British Foreign Office privately accepts that CIA rendition flights did pass through its territory, a diplomatic source told United Press International.
The well-placed source said the Foreign Office "totally accepts" that the United States used British airfields to transfer prisoners abroad for interrogation, and is "extremely worried" about the political consequences.
The revelation comes amid growing signs of divergence between London and Washington over the way in which the war on terror should be conducted.
When British Prime Minister Tony Blair learnt in April 2003 that the United States had bombed a Baghdad hotel in which several media organizations were housed, killing three journalists, he "literally jumped out of his chair," the source told UPI. The Foreign Office was "horrified," considering the attack to be "obscene," the source said.
London took the same attitude towards a U.S. suggestion that it would attack the Qatar headquarters of the Arabic language television al-Jazeera, the source said.
Foreign Office officials threatened to resign if the Americans went ahead with the attacks, revealed in a Downing Street memo leaked to the British media earlier this year.
Blair reportedly talked U.S. President George W. Bush out of the attacks, warning it could fuel a worldwide backlash. The Mirror newspaper quoted a source as saying: "There's no doubt what Bush wanted, and no doubt Blair didn't want him to do it."
Mr. President, this job can't be fun for you any more. There's no more money to spend - you used up all of that. You can't start another war because you used up the army. And now, darn the luck, the rest of your term has become the Bush family nightmare: helping poor people. Listen to your Mom. The cupboard's bare, the credit card's maxed out. No one's speaking to you. Mission accomplished.
Now it's time to do what you've always done best: lose interest and walk away, like you did with your military service and the oil company and the baseball team. It's time, time to move on and try the next fantasy job. How about cowboy or space man?
Now I know what you're saying: there're so many other things that you as President could involve yourself in. Please don't. I know, I know, there's a lot left to do. There's a war with Venezuela, eliminating the sales tax on yachts, turning the space program over to the church and Social Security to Fannie Mae, and giving embryos the vote.
But, sir, none of that is going to happen now. Why? Because you govern like Billy Joel drives. You've performed so poorly I'm surprised that you haven't given yourself a medal. You're a catastrophe that walks like a man. Herbert Hoover was a shitty president, but even he never conceded an entire city to rising water and snakes.
On your watch, we've lost almost all of our allies, the surplus, four airliners, two trade centers, a piece of the Pentagon, and the city of New Orleans. Maybe you're just not lucky. I'm not saying you don't love this country. I'm just wondering how much worse it could be if you were on the other side.
So, yes, God does speak to you. What he's saying is: 'Take a hint.'
1) No new Fitzmas presents this week, but Rove & Co. will make plea bargain noises. Yes and no. 0 points.
2) The Dear Leader's poll numbers will inch up a bit more after his fourth Iraq speechification tomorrow.Seems so. 1 point.
3) This is not the week that we will finally get to read the Bush/Blair al-Jazeera bomb threat memos, but maybe next week (hey, we needed at least one gimme'). Correct, but we can't sink this low. 0 points.