Conservatives are outraged because the Washington Post
called Fred Thompson a big liar in the first installment of its Fact Checker
presidential campaign feature.
As part of the feature, the Post
applies the Pinocchio Test to candidate statements. One Pinocchio indicates some shading of the facts. Real "whoppers" are designated with four Pinocchios, which is what Thompson was given for saying in a campaign speech: "You look back over our history, and it doesn't take you long to realize that our people have shed more blood for other people's liberty than any other combination of nations in the history of the world."
Post reporter Michael Dobbs pointed out that 623,288 Americans have died in wars since 1898 and added: "In World War II alone, the Soviet Union suffered at least 8 million casualties, or more than 10 times the number of US casualties for all wars combined."
To which The American Spectator
's Quin Hillyer
retorts: "Oh, yes, that's right: the good old Soviets, having encouraged Hitler to invade Poland anyway as part of a formal alliance with the Nazis, and having taken arms against Germany only after being attacked, and using their counter-assault to enslave half a continent, still could be seen as fighting 'for other people's liberty' because the British and others benefited as well. By that warped and morally bankrupt logic, the victorious drug lord in a deadly gang-warfare battle is a veritable altruist. Just think of all the other gang's clients who escaped deadly overdoses that night because their suppliers had been gunned down!"
But, according to Hillyer, what the Post
's new feature really shows is this: "The American mainstream media consistently fails to hide its utter contempt for conservatives' values and their political preferences. It is no wonder that conservatives actively despise that media in return."