Sunday, December 30, 2007

USA Today Deliberately LIES About Fred Thompson

USAT Reporter Caught in Distortion, Portrays Thompson as Unambitious
By Tom Blumer

Erick at Red State reports that USA Today reporter Jill Lawrence distorted what she reported Saturday on a statement made by Fred Thompson to a Burlington, Iowa audience.

Here, per Erick, is how Thompson actually responded to the question, "Do you want to be President?" --

The first place, I wouldn’t be here if I didn’t. I wouldn’t be doing this. I grew up in very modest circumstances. I left government and I and my family have made sacrifices to be sitting here today. I haven’t had any income for a long time because I figured to be clean, you’ve got to cut everything off. I was doing speaking engagements and I had a contract to do a tv show. I had a contract with ABC radio…and so forth. A man would have to be a total fool to do all those things and to be leaving his family which is not a joyful thing if he didn’t want to do it.

I am not consumed by personal ambition. I will not be devastated if I don’t do it. I want the people to have the best president they can have.

But here is what Lawrence posted:

Bill Theobald of Gannett News Service has been following Republican Fred Thompson around Iowa. In a dispatch today from Burlington, Bill quotes the former Tennessee senator as saying he doesn't like modern campaigning, isn't that interested in running for president and "will not be devastated" if he doesn't win.

This makes it appear as if Thompson is just going through the motions, doesn't it?



Anonymous bobcat said...

Good morning, Donal! Wow, all the MSM outlets are just reporting the smear--not his actual words. Great catch, Donal. I wouldn't know of this if I hadn't seen it here.

11:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the more they smear and lie about fred, the better he looks. go fred!


11:54 AM  

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