Stephanopoulos and (Matthew) Dowd, disturbed by Obama’s skeet-shooting: Last week, we noted the way the Washington post’s Glenn Kessler is turning into a partisan crank.
Three days later, he proved our point. He posted a ridiculous FactChecker piece about the president’s statement, in response to a direct question, that he often skeet-shoots at Camp David.
If you click, please note the ludicrous headline on the Kessler piece.
Kessler’s piece is almost insane. It’s a throwback to the bad old days, in which the press corps pretended to be deeply worried about such questions as these:
The press corps' greatest concerns:Over the past twenty years, very few career liberals have been willing to note the insanity of such discussions. The nation, and the world, have paid a heavy price.
Why would Candidate Gore wear a brown suit?
Did Naomi Wolf tell him to wear it?
If so, does that mean that Gore doesn't know who he is?
Why does his suit jacket have three buttons?
Why did Candidate Kerry go wind-surfing off Nantucket?
Why did Kerry get the wrong kind of cheese on his cheesesteak?
Why did Candidate Obama drink orange juice instead of just ordering beer?
Last week, Kessler was playing the fool about the skeet-shooting “issue.” Also: About a photo the White house released, in response to a request for proof of Obama’s meaningless statement.
We strongly suggest that you read Kessler’s piece. Can you see that his work is insane?
Yesterday, the lunacy spread as George Stephanopoulos spoke with Matthews Dowd on ABC's This Week. As you peruse their exchange, please remember:
When Obama said that he often skeet-shoots, he was responding to a question from a journalist. When the White House released the photo which shows him skeet-shooting, it was responding to a request for such proof:
STEPHANOPOULOS (2/3/13): We're back with our roundtable right now. And, Matthew Dowd, I want to come to you, but as I come to you, I also want to put up the new salvo in the debate yesterday from President Obama.Can you see that that entire exchange is basically insane? To wit:
You saw that picture they released of the president skeet-shooting at Camp David back in August, after he said it was something he does all the time up in Camp David. And David Plouffe, his former senior adviser, puts out a tweet saying, "Attention skeet-birthers, make our day. Let the Photoshop conspiracies begin."
Of course, they were answering the skepticism about whether President Obama was really a shooter. But was it smart to put out that photo?
DOWD: Well, I think they had to put out the photo. I think if you go back a few days, I don't think it was very smart for him to make that statement in the New Republic when he said, "I shoot skeet all the time up there," because, first of all, it wasn't going to change anybody's mind that's against him. It wasn't going to make anybody think, "Oh, wow, Barack Obama is this." It reminds me of what—
To paraphrase Margaret Thatcher, which is, being a skeet-shooter, being a hunter is a lot like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you're probably not. Nobody is going to believe him because of that picture, and that picture I think just makes him look like he's pandering. And as Carly [Fiorina] said on the break, he is pandering in that.
And I think that's the problem with it, that it's sort of a distraction from the [gun] debate. I don't think they should have ever said it. Nobody believes that about the president.
It’s insane that anyone wasted their time discussing this manifest nonsense at all. That said, Dowd’s criticisms of Obama for 1) answering a question and 2) responding to a request make things even crazier.
Stephanopoulos played along with The Crazy. For decades, the career liberal world and the mainstream press have has refused to identify this for what it so plainly is.