No doubt the Seattle Times editorial board is in the habit of intentionallymisleading their readers, but within the broad context of lying op-ed pages it turns out they're not the lyingest liars out there. No, that honor perennially goes to the Wall Street Journal, as epitomized by longtime Republican operative Karl Rove's review today of President Barack Obama's recently released campaign film.
"As for the killing of Osama bin Laden," Rove writes:
Mr. Obama did what virtually any commander in chief would have done in the same situation. Even President Bill Clinton says in the film "that's the call I would have made." For this to be portrayed as the epic achievement of the first term tells you how bare the White House cupboards are.
Uh-huh. Yeah. I suppose Bill Clinton said those words. Though as Greg Sargent points out over at the Washington Post, taken in context, Clinton clearly didn't mean them as the dis Rove implies. Clinton's full quote:
“He took the harder and the more honorable path. When I saw what had happened, I thought to myself, `I hope that’s the call I would have made.’”
Personally, I hope the call I would always make would be to not selectively quote a person so as to make it appear they said the opposite of what they mean. But then, I'm just some lowly blogger, so what do I know?