Wednesday, December 04, 2002

 
SPEAKING OF HAIRCUTS...REMEMBER HAIRCUTGATE?

Remember back in 1993 how the so-called "liberal media" attacked our last legitimate president, President Clinton, for an expensive haircut he got on Air Force One while it was parked on the tarmac at LAX? Remember how the story dominated the front pages of newspapers and led off TV newscasts for almost a week? Remember all the stories about LAX reportedly being shut down for almost an entire afternoon? Remember how planes were reportedly circling for hours and other air traffic was reportedly backed up all the way to Cleveland?

Well, here's something you probably don't remember:

It was BS.

Actually, there was one part of the story that was true: He did get an expensive haircut on AF 1 while on the tarmac at LAX. But since when is getting a haircut, even an expensive one, a scandal? Since when is a haircut, even an expensive one, a story that should dominate front pages and broadcast news for almost a week?

The rest of the story was total BS, as Columbia Journalism Review points out:

[New York Newsday reporter Glenn Kessler's] analysis of Federal Aviation Administration records, obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, revealed that, contrary to stories of circling planes, jammed-up runways, and inconvenienced passengers (and contrary, too, to the apology the White House felt pressured to make), only one (unscheduled) air taxi reported an actual (two-minute) delay.

Of course Kessler's story was buried on page 19 in Newsday; it was picked up by AP, but few news outlets chose to run it.

Of course Whitewater was also a hoax.

And Travelgate was also a hoax.

And Filegate was also a hoax.

And Chinagate was also a hoax.

And the same presstitutes who brought you the phony Haircutgate, Whitewater, Filegate, Travelgate, and Chinagate "scandals" now praise to the heavens the beautiful garments worn by the Naked, Unelected Emperor who's squatting in President Gore's house.

Welcome to the Virtual One-Party State...

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