Jon Meacham jumps to the defense of … George W. Bush

posted at 3:25 pm on September 12, 2011 by Tina Korbe

After a day of nationwide remembrance and bipartisan displays of patriotism, PBS host Tavis Smiley tried to revive the cheaply divisive “Bush lied” refrain today when he appeared on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” — but host Joe Scarborough and former Newsweek editor Jon Meacham refused to let slide Smiley’s travesty of a talking point. As disappointing as it is that anyone is still repeating that tired line, it’s encouraging that Scarborough and Meacham didn’t let him get away with it. My favorite line comes from Scarborough at about 4:15. “I can’t believe I’m having to say this again,” he says. “Google it.”

As one commenter put it on NewsBusters, the phrase won’t die because “the lefties like those nifty chants. ‘Bush acted on bad intelligence – people died,’ just doesn’t have the catchiness of ‘Bush lied – people died.'”

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I liked Tavis better when he hosted Soul Train…ummm that WAS him right?

malkinmania on September 12, 2011 at 5:20 PM

Actually, Tavis Smiley is the dumb a$$ previously known as Alvin Greene.

el rey on September 13, 2011 at 1:35 AM

The black community has let the left oppress and use them for 50 years. The best and the brightest black Americans aren’t even known to the average black American (but thier books are bought by conservative white Americans and thier speaches are full of white conservatives). If the veil was ever lifted those that now pose as leaders, spokesmen and symbols for black Americans would slink back into the gutter where they belong.

peacenprosperity on September 13, 2011 at 7:56 AM

Tavis Smiley is a reprehensible liar. As are all the people who’ve been saying, “Bush lied” all these years.

tom on September 13, 2011 at 1:28 PM

Tavis Smiley is a reprehensible liar. As are all the people who’ve been saying, “Bush lied” all these years.

tom on September 13, 2011 at 1:28 PM

A shame that Meacham distorts Tenet’s “slam dunk” comment, something conservatives have propagandized for years, and Smiley doesn’t call him on it.

When you promote what isn’t true, and don’t share what is true, it’s a Big Lie. Everybody from Bush to Rummy to Cheney are guilty of that. Why else would they have to form their own intelligence apparatus (Office of Special Plans within the Pentagon) when all the other intelligence agencies weren’t coming up with intel that followed the administration’s narrative?

We know the PNAC cabal within the administration had advocated invading Iraq since the 90′s. We know all the claims they put forth– yellowcake uranium, mobile chemical weapons labs, WMD’s — turned out to be false. Motive + opportunity.

Constantine on September 12, 2011 at 4:08 PM

Speaking of reprehensible liars….

tom on September 13, 2011 at 1:32 PM

As for the “Saddam had tried to go after his father” meme, that is a favorite Talking Point for The Left. However, when you remind them that said assassination attempt was one of the more than 1 dozen reasons cited in the Authorization of Force that many Democrats in Congress happily signed off on, they will simply pretend that vote never happened.

Del Dolemonte on September 12, 2011 at 9:08 PM

1) I agree this was basically a gotcha accusation from the left, to try to diminish President Bush’s decision as petty and personal. It makes a little more sense when you remember they were trying to sell the Bush family as some sort of “Crime Family.”

2) I still have to say, “So what?” Some tinpot dictator of a third-world basketcase targets a former American president, and the left wants to act like nobody should care? I didn’t care much for Clinton, but if Saddam had some kind of grudge against him and tried to assassinate him, I would hope any current American president would have a very sharp response, preferably including bombs, cruise missiles, or assassins. We should have at least that much unity as a nation that former presidents are off limits for retaliation from the rest of the world, no matter how bad the former president. Even if it were Jimmy Carter.

tom on September 13, 2011 at 1:46 PM