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February 15, 2005

American Idiot: Gore Vidal

At A Western Heart,* C.B. posts a great fisking of Gore Vidal's apperance on the Australian Broadcasting Company's Lateline with Tony Jones.

Vidal is truly an American Idiot. One of those irrational leftists who likes to go abroad and speak out of his ass. i loved this statement, wherein he accuses the Bush administration of lying, and as support for his accusation, he strings together a bunch of real whoppers.

That is what the people around Bush have discovered: you repeat the lie, and if people look slightly doubtful, you repeat it again more loudly, and you go on and on. Bush went on for about three years getting ready for the Iraq war, saying that Osama bin Laden, responsible for the 9/11 attacks on New York and Washington, was working hand in glove with Saddam Hussein, who was equally guilty; therefore, we were going to remove Saddam Hussein, because he was so vicious.
Bush. Said. No. Such. Thing. Ever.

The Australian audience for Lateline can't have been expected to know that Bush never made such a statement, let alone repeated it "again more loudly . . . on and on." But i followed the election closely, and Vidal's statement is a boldfaced lie. The closest anyone ever got to pinning the accusation that the Bush administration made an explicit connection between 9/11 and Saddam Hussein is one sentence in one document. i blogged about this last June.

i think it's despicable that Vidal goes to another country, and uses that line about repeating the big lie (which is a veiled Nazi reference), and then lies himself, thinking he can get away with it.

Kudos to the Australian host, whom i am unfamiliar with, but he did challenge Vidal's assertion that America is a despotic country.

TONY JONES: Despotism, though, and tyranny implies a suppression of dissent. I mean, there's no bar to open dissent in the United States; just simply whether you can get on to the corporate media.

. . .

Gore Vidal, I think you are living proof, however, that dissent is still living in the United States.

No shit.

* A Western Heart is new international group blog, where i've been recently added as a contributor. There's some good stuff there; i'd love it if you'd go check it out.

Posted by annika, Feb. 15, 2005 |
Rubric: annikapunditry


Well, he is a bit of a windbag -- but his novels delighted me in my youth and still do today.

Posted by: Hugo on Feb. 15, 2005

His lies about this country are rooted in his deep belief that Americans deserved a surprise assault on civilians by extremist murderers.

Posted by: d-rod on Feb. 15, 2005

Listen my children,
and you shall hear,
of a late night fight,
between William F. Buckley,
and this here queer.

Before Johnny begat Jay, Jack begat Johnny, and Jack was a liberal prick of the first water. It goes without saying, that GV was a fellow traveler, and over an extended period he used The Tonight Show as a platform to attack our Godfather. Go read the whole story in WFB's first editorial collection, "Rumbles Left and Right". Let me know if you need an E version.

One of my fav episodes of the Simpsons is where they're headed off for a vacation at the beach, and Bart and Lisa are allowed to bring a friend. Bart brings Milhous of course, and Lisa laments as she packs her bag with books that her only friends are found in these books and the people who wrote them, "Like Gore Vidal, and even he's kissed more boys than I have". No shit, that's the verbatum line.

Posted by: Casca on Feb. 15, 2005

Ya know, after I saw him in 'With Honors' I took it as granted that he's just an old queen.

Posted by: JD on Feb. 21, 2005

Dear Annika

The ABC is Ustralia is The Australian Broadcasting Corporation (not company).

I'm not sure there is "truth" beyond what a man says and what he does ('troth" "trove"). But I am sure there are lies. I don't think ones sexual prefernces have much to do with the capacity for either truth or lies.

Posted by: Keith Russell on Feb. 26, 2005