CNN in 2005; h/t Heather.
Last Sunday, safe at home inside the Fox News mother-ship, Rove was predictably lobbed slow pitch softballs, which he smirked into the outfield and then moved on to blaming Democrats and unions for making 9/11 into a partisan issue.
So millions of dumbass Fox Viewers could shamble back to their life-long political stupors, confirmed in their belief that that poor Fox News Contributor Karl Rove was just another victim of evil, liberal lies.
Of course, if Chris Wallace were a real journalist and not one of Rupert Murdoch's bought-and-paid-for messenger boys, the speech with which he would have confronted Rove was this one from 2005 (video from the C&L archives, which appears to be the only online video source that still has it -- thank you so much, Heather and C&L) where, speaking as the chief adviser to the President of the United States during a time of war, he said this [quoted in the New York Times, registration req.]:
"Conservatives saw the savagery of 9/11 in the attacks and prepared for war; liberals saw the savagery of the 9/11 attacks and wanted to prepare indictments and offer therapy and understanding for our attackers," Mr. Rove, the senior political adviser to President Bush, said at a fund-raiser in Midtown for the Conservative Party of New York State.
"Has there ever been a more revealing moment this year?" Mr. Rove asked. "Let me just put this in fairly simple terms: Al Jazeera now broadcasts the words of Senator Durbin to the Mideast, certainly putting our troops in greater danger. No more needs to be said about the motives of liberals."
This was the speech that everyone on the Left remembers.
This was the speech that had normally flaccid Democratic governors and Senators finally saying Enough with this Douchebag already. That ran in every newspaper and burned up every blog.
This was the absolutely consistent pattern of The Rove Presidency from its sleazy beginning to its cataclysmic end; to cover up one catastrophic failure after another by injecting as much raw poison into the body politic as the needle would hold...and call it Governing.
And so naturally, this was the speech that Wallace conveniently forgot.
And how did Tom Brokaw handle the subject of Rove politicizing 9/11 in his Sunday Meet the Press interview?
By not mentioning it.
In any way.
Excerpted from a longer post at Driftglass.