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December 03, 2007

The Hack Gap In Action

In yet more evidence that the Left suffers from a terrible hack gap, I just can't get myself worked into a braying frenzy over the fact that some self-styled cowboy has been lying to The National Review about the situation in Beirut. But I should be able to! After all, the magazine was made aware of these lies abut six weeks ago, did nothing, but continued to assail The New Republic over the Scott Beauchamp. More upsetting is the magazine's decisions to explain their errors by saying, basically, "Arabs are crafty." Lopez quotes o e of her sources saying, "The Arab tendency to lie and exaggerate about enemies is alive and well among pro-American Lebanese Christians as much as it is with the likes of Hamas.”

Us Lefties will attack them for that, but Lopez knows perfectly well that it's a strong defense for the constituency she cares about: Her subscribers. To be fooled by lying Arabs is forgivable. Indeed, it sort of adheres to a higher level of truth than the actual story: In the conservative firmament, the untrustworthiness of Arabs exists on a far higher plane than some individual anecdotes, and if this smaller embarrassment provides more proof of that grander truth, well, no sense getting hung up on minor details. It's disgusting stuff. Imagine if The New Republic has responded to the Beauchamp affair by saying that soldiers lie, and there's really no way to check the information from such bloodthirsty sociopaths.

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To be fooled by lying Arabs is downright presidential!

From Chalabi to Curveball.

National Review just wants to remain with the program.

Posted by: Misplaced Patriot | Dec 3, 2007 12:38:46 PM

"Arabs are crafty."
And Jews are___. And Gays___. And___.

It goes on.

Posted by: has_te | Dec 3, 2007 1:13:14 PM

Of course Arabs tend to lie and exaggerate about enemies. So do non-Arabs.

After everything that was done to sell the Iraq war, it's amusing to watch anyone pretend that our culture places a higher value on the truth.

Posted by: Steve | Dec 3, 2007 1:44:17 PM

Everyone expects conservatives to lie, to cheat and steal. Everyone knows that Republicanism is for bastards who don't give a shit about anyone other than themselves.

The proof of this is how worked up Americans get over every little thing that a liberal does that can be construed or spun as hypocritical or unethical, yet these same Americans - left, right, centrist - when confronted with even worse behavior from the right just yawn and ignore it.

Posted by: Stephen | Dec 3, 2007 2:13:27 PM

This is also an excellent example of The Republican Defense: "I'm not [lying/criminal/unethical/whatever], I am merely incompetent." This has been a staple of the Republican Party since Reagan got off the hook for Iran-Contra by sleeping through the meetings.

Posted by: Richard Hershberger | Dec 3, 2007 2:16:52 PM

Not to ever, ever provide support to a Lopez claim, but, having spent time doing business in Beirut, Cairo and Dubai, I've gotta say that the lying and general comfort with telling outright falsehoods was striking. It's a big part of the culture. Yes, I'm anecdotal. Friend of a friend died waiting on a baboon arm transplant in Canada...

Posted by: Pat Summerall's Original Liver | Dec 4, 2007 3:19:54 AM

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