Well, I've been thinking about all the mean nasty liberal bias in the mean nasty liberal media, what with a new "Media Watch" group having been created on the Vine. So I took a few moments to dip into the Congressional Record to see what some fine upstanding fellows in public office of the conservative persuasion had to say about all that, the Washington Post in particular.
Found some real Americans in there, from the legendary B1-Bob Dornan in the House to Senate luminaries like Orrin Hatch, to more obscure but no less sound Members like Dave Weldon of Florida and William Roth of Delaware, all conservative, all disquisiting on the floor of our National legislature on the content of the "liberal Washington Post."
But a very strange pattern seemed to appear, and I can't quite put my finger on it. So I emphasized some of the more inscrutable references to the Washington Post by these very reliable conservatives and I publish them here in the hopes that readers may assist me in untangling this conundrum that has me baffled. It's best, I think, to just ignore for the moment the actual issues under consideration in these quoted passages. You may be confused by seeming contradictions, as on Kosovo, or as in the first passage, a scepticism that turned out to be unwarranted. Just help me find the pattern, please?
MARRIAGE PROTECTION AMENDMENT -- (House of Representatives - September 30, 2004).
Representative Tom Feeney (R-FL 24th):
Mr. Speaker, we have already seen the Massachusetts Supreme Court undo over 400 years of history in Massachusetts, undo a Constitution which is older than the United States Constitution, and find some new right. In doing so, in establishing same-sex marriage, what the Massachusetts court did is to belittle the traditional definition of marriage and all of the States that actually believe that. They said that there was no logical reason to preserve the benefits of a marriage between a man and a woman.
Editorial Board was shocked by the Massachusetts judge's decision, stating in their editorial, ``We are skeptical that American society will come to formally recognize gay relationships as a result of judicial fiats.'
MOTION TO INSTRUCT CONFEREES ON H.R. 1501, JUVENILE JUSTICE REFORM ACT OF 1999 -- (House of Representatives - September 24, 1999).
Representative John Dolittle (R-CA, 4th):
I am going to quote . Sunday, September 19, 1999, the headline, and this is in the front page of the paper by the way, ``Gun controls limited aim bills. Would not have stopped recent killings''.
CLASS ACTION FAIRNESS ACT OF 2003--MOTION TO PROCEED -- (Senate - October 22, 2003).
Senator Jon Kyl (R-AZ):
Mr. President, I rise today to address the Class Action Fairness Act of 2003. This legislation first was introduced and reported by a Judiciary subcommittee 5 years ago, during the 105th Congress. It is time to enact this legislation into law.
There is no need to recount the parade of horribles that makes the need for this legislation manifest. Suffice to say that has noted that ``national class actions can be filed just about anywhere and are disproportionately brought in a handful of State courts whose judges get elected with lawyers' money.''
DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE, JUSTICE, AND STATE, THE JUDICIARY, AND RELATED AGENCIES APPROPRIATIONS ACT, 1996 (Senate - September 29, 1995).
Senator Phillip Gramm (R-TX):
agrees that downsizing of the federal legal services program is inevitable, and that the block grant approach in the Gekas bill will allow more of the ordinary problems of poor people to be handled, leaving the `high profile' cases of interest groups like the ACLU.
EXECUTIVE SESSION -- (Senate - July 30, 2002)
NOMINATION OF D. BROOKS SMITH TO BE UNITED STATES CIRCUIT JUDGE
Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT):
I strongly agree with the Washington Post editorial of February 19, 2002, and , that ``opposing a nominee should not mean destroying him.'' The Post pointed out, ``The need on the part of liberal groups and Democratic senators to portray a nominee as a Neanderthal--all the while denying they are doing so--in order to justify voting him down is the latest example of the degradation of the confirmation process.''
EXECUTIVE SESSION -- (Senate - July 26, 2002) Confirmation of Justice Priscilla Owen of Texas.
Despite deceptive opposition I think that Justice Owen should be confirmed.
I will ask unanimous consent to place into the RECORD an editorial of earlier this week from , calling on us to be fair and calling on this Senate to confirm Justice Owen.
EDUCATION IN AMERICA (House of Representatives - July 12, 1996).
Representative Charles Norwood (R-GA 10th):
Since it was created in 1979, the Department of Education has spent $342 billion without any evidence the money has improved education in any way.wrote in a December editorial: `America's schools are not noticeably better because a Department of Education was created.'
NATIONAL SECURITY REVITALIZATION ACT (House of Representatives - February 15, 1995).
Representative Robert Dornan (R-CA, 46th):
Listen to what one of America's 3 major newspapers says in closing in an editorial that I found much exception to on technological points, but listen to this closely. And I will tell who it is afterward:
`While it remains a global power and within the limits of technological and financial sense,' and this is what we will debate with the gentleman from California [Mr. Dellums] in his forceful and articulate manner in hearings later in the year, `the United States must be able to protect forces that it sends on distant missions. And also to protect our allies. There lies the irreducible rationale for an effective theater missile defense.'
That is the .
REPUBLICANS HAILED FOR THEIR EFFORTS ON MEDICARE (House of Representatives - September 13, 1995).
Representative Martin Hoke (R-OH, 10th):
Mr. Speaker, I hope the gentleman from Texas [Mr. Doggett], my colleague and good friend, the previous speaker, had a chance to read editorial yesterday on the Medicare or Medi-scare debate. applauds Republicans because we have `forcefully taken the right position on the basic issue of controlling costs' and it chides the Democrats, like my good friend from Texas, for not playing a `constructive part in the Medicare debate.'
IRAQ -- (House of Representatives - March 13, 2007).
Representative Mike Pence (R-IN, 6th):
And even in today's in America, under the lead editorial headline, The Pelosi Plan for Iraq, they write:
``In short, the Democrat proposal to be taken up this week is an attempt to impose detailed management on a war without regard to the war itself.''
A MOMENTOUS TIME (Senate - October 25, 1995).
Senator William Roth (R-DE):
As the generally moreadmitted, `The Democrats have fabricated the Medicare-tax cut connection because it is useful politically.' In an earlier editorial, the Post opined that, The Democrats are engaged in demagoguery, big time. And it's wrong. . . . [The Republicans] have a plan. Enough is known about it to say it's credible; it's gutsy and in some respects inventive--and it addresses a genuine problem that is only going to get worse. What Democrats have [on the other hand] is a lot of expostulation, TV ads and scare talk.
THE FAIR [Asbestos] ACT -- (Senate - February 10, 2006).
Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL):
Really, I would say there are probably no more than a few hundred plaintiff lawyers who are handling well over 50 percent of the cases. So it is an incredible amount of money. We could create a system where you can walk in with a medical report, basically, and have your compensation delivered to you promptly, without all these fees being taken from it.
Why can we not do this? That is why independent groups such as and the conservative Washington Times have both endorsed the bill.
CONFERENCE REPORT ON HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 178, CONCURRENT RESOLUTION ON THE BUDGET, FISCAL YEAR 1997 (House of Representatives -June 12, 1996).
Representative Gerald Solomon (R-NY, 22nd):
I guess I should not be taken aback by the speech I have just heard by my good friend, the ranking democrat from Boston, MA [Mr. Moakley], but, yes, he mentioned that we are helping the very rich, he says that six times, and he says we are cutting Medicare six times.
Mr. Speaker, I ask my colleagues, isn't that funny?, because the liberal New York Times says that is not so. says that is not so. The liberal Los Angeles Times says that is not so. And editorials all across this country say that is not so and it is not.
THE DEMOCRATIC AGENDA -- (House of Representatives - January 12, 2007).
Representative David Weldon (R-FL, 15th):
, speculated that the cargo-screening requirements that they put in that bill, which the industry says is unnecessary, could end up costing our economy hundreds of billions of dollars. That is the Washington Post. An anti-Republican newspaper said that. They put that in there, and they have no explanation of how they are going to pay for it.
Well, isn't that odd. All of these right-winger conservative Republicans cited the Washington Post in support of their right-wing conservative Republican proposals. But that can't be. The Washington Post is the LIBERAL Media, isn't it? Defense Spending. Gun Control. Judicial nominations. Social spending, especially Medicare. Education spending. Gay Rights. Tort Reform and the related Asbestos bailout for Wall Street.
Sumpin' ain't right. Lets look some more:
PARTIAL-BIRTH ABORTION BAN ACT OF 1997--VETO (Senate - September 17, 1998).
Senator Robert Smith (R-NH):
[O]n March 4 the entitled, `Lies and Late-Term Abortions.' After recounting Mr. Fitzsimmons' lies and his candid admissions that he lied, the Post editorial drew the final conclusion: Mr. Fitzsimmons' revelation is a sharp blow to the credibility of his allies. These late-term abortions are extremely difficult to justify, if they can be justified at all. Usually pro-choice legislators such as Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan and Representatives Richard Gephardt and Susan Molinari voted for the ban. . . . Opponents of the ban fought hard, even demanding a rollcall vote on their motion to ban charts describing the procedure from the House floor. They lost. And they lost by wide margins when the House and Senate voted for the ban.
They probably will lose again this year when the ban is reconsidered. And this time, Mr. Clinton will be hard-pressed to justify a veto on the basis of misinformation on which he rested his case last time.".
Senator John Ashcroft:
The distortion reached a point where even his allies in the media could no longer defend the President's veto. Richard Cohen, , concluded, "President Clinton, apparently as misinformed as I was about late-term abortions, now ought to look at the new data. So should the Senate. . . . Late-term abortions once seemed to be the choice of women who, really, had no other choice. The facts are now different. If that's the case, then so should be the law."
SENDING GROUND TROOPS TO KOSOVO WOULD COMPOUND A HUGE FOREIGN POLICY ERROR -- (House of Representatives - April 12, 1999).
Representative John Duncan (R-TN, 2nd):
Madam Speaker, several times over the last few days I have heard reports on national networks saying that Members of Congress were getting ``antsy'' about not committing ground troops to Kosovo. The implication is that all of the Members of Congress want ground troops in there immediately.
I believe it was a terrible mistake to start bombing in the first place, and it certainly would be compounding a huge error to place many thousands of ground troops in there now.
As many columnists have pointed out, the NATO bombings have made this situation much worse than it ever would have been if we had simply stayed out. The , wrote, ``I believe, though, that the NATO bombings have escalated and accelerated the process. For some Kosovars, NATO has made things worse.''
PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY DONOR IDENTITY DISCLOSURE -- (Extensions of Remarks - February 13, 2001).
Mr. Speaker, I cannot think of one good reason why the organizers of any future presidential libraries would not be willing to release this information to the public. said, ``But surely it would be anything from interesting to illustrative to just plain damning to see what names are on that list and for what amounts.''
BIPARTISAN CAMPAIGN REFORM ACT OF 2001 -- (Senate - March 27, 2001).
Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY):
Mr. President, I never thought I would be putting a Richard Cohen column in the CONGRESSIONAL RECORD for any purpose on any issue, and certainly not on campaign finance reform. But I think must have had an epiphany. His column this morning I think is noteworthy, and I want to read a couple parts of it before putting it in the RECORD.
Richard Cohen said this morning in the Washington Post with regard to the underlying bill that it would do damage to the first amendment.
Oh. So when they can't quote an editorial in the Washington Post, they pop in good old "liberal" Richard Cohen? To declaim wrongly about Kosovo. To attack Reproductive rights. To disparage campaign finance reform. But I still don't get it. Why are all these conservatives looking to a liberal columnist in the liberal media for authority in their arguments? Sigh. Better look some more. Oh look! A Democrat!! Let's see if he can shed some light on this mystery:
CAMPAIGN FINANCE AMENDMENT TO THE CONSTITUTION (Senate - March 13, 1997).
Senator Ernest Hollings (D-SC):
and the New York Times make the argument of free speech. I hope you midwesterners do not get bitten by that. I want to see you stay in the U.S. Senate. I want to see you all continue to serve. The best way is not to get wrapped around and go back to the Midwest and say that the ACLU is a wonderful authority. I know how to lose an election. I have lost before. I don't know any quicker way to lose one than to run around in my backyard or your backyard, Mr. President, quoting the ACLU.
Oh darn it. No. It's just that senile old right-wing leftover Southern Democrat Fritz Hollings. He sounds more like a right-wing Republican in that rant than some of the real right-wing Republicans quoted earlier.
Okay, let's give it one more shot. Here's another Democrat. He was in the House when he made this speech, but has since taken one of Ohio's Senate seats:
MORE HEMORRHAGING OF AMERICAN JOBS -- (House of Representatives - February 24, 2004)
Representative Sherrod Brown (D-OH, 13th):
The President also predicted a couple of years ago the budget deficit would be down to $14 billion. Well, it turns out that the budget deficit is $521 billion. So he predicted, way after September 11, a couple of years ago, he predicted a 3.4 million jobs increase and a budget deficit of $14 billion. He got a 1.7 million job loss and a budget deficit of $521 billion.
Again, , a paper that supported President Bush on most of his initiatives, the headline in The Post, ``Bush assertion on tax cuts is at odds with IRS data.''
Um. Oh. Thanks, Sherrod. You mean the Washington Post isn't the "liberal media" after all?
I wonder where I got that impression.