Citizen Stengel, Concern Troll, Tells A Fib

Update [2007-3-28 11:9:44 by Big Tent Democrat]: BTW, I think Swampland is becoming a great must read blog, for some intentional, but mostly unintentional reasons.

And I am not talking about Casey Stengel, but rather Rick Stengel, Time Managing Editor, who got called out by Ana Marie Cox on his embarrassing performance as a Kewl Kid. But Stengel's reply to Cox is worse:

In reading your reaction to my comments on Chris Matthews, I realize that I've been caught out speaking as a citizen rather than as editor of Time.

I had no idea Citizen Stengel had been invited on to the show. I could have sworn that Matthews introduced him as the Managing Editor of Time, not as Citizen Stengel. But it gets better (worse):

[A]s a citizen, I think it's unfortunate and perhaps short-sighted for Democrats to be perceived as focusing on the past rather than the future. If people see the Democrats as obsessively concerned with settling scores, that's not good for the Democrats or the country.

Perhaps Citizen Stengel can talk to Managing Editor Stengel and make sure this FALSE talking point does not become the new narrative at Time Magazine. Citizen Stengel is a unique "concern troll" in that he can actually do something about his "concern."

But it gets even better (worse), Citizen Stengel claimed that the American people do not want the Democrats to investigate the attorney firings story:

Mr. STENGEL: I am so uninterested in the Democrats wanting Karl Rove, because it is so bad for them. Because it shows business as usual, tit for tat, vengeance. . . . That’s not what voters want to see.

I hope Managing Editor Stengel knows that Citizen Stengel, as Greenwald nailed, is completely full of crap:

[T]his USA Today poll, taken over the weekend (exactly when Stengel and his colleagues were warning Democrats that Americans would be angry if they pursued Karl Rove):
14. Do you think Congress should -- or should not -- investigate the involvement of White House officials in this matter?

Yes, should - 72%; No, should not - 21%

15. If Congress investigates these dismissals, in your view, should President Bush and his aides -- [ROTATED: invoke "executive privilege" to protect the White House decision making process (or should they) drop the claim of executive privilege and answer all questions being investigated]?

Invoke executive privilege - 26%; Answer all questions - 68%

16. In this matter, do you think Congress should or should not issue subpoenas to force White House officials to testify under oath about this matter?

Yes, should - 68%; No, should not - 24%

Long story short, perhaps ME Stengel needs to put a muzzle on Citizen Stengel.

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    I suppose Citizen Stengel can currently (5.00 / 1) (#1)
    by Militarytracy on Wed Mar 28, 2007 at 09:55:36 AM EST
    buy all the justice he needs.  The rest of us  can't buy our justice though we need it just as much as Citizen Stengel.  Please please please dear Congress that I voted in and payed my meager taxes to support, please serve me up some of that old fashioned free to the masses justice because my heart is starving.  In America, if we are deprived of justice we ALL lose heart and sometimes our souls.

    ME Stengel (5.00 / 1) (#2)
    by Big Tent Democrat on Wed Mar 28, 2007 at 10:03:44 AM EST
    fibbed by omission, refusing to address this false statements.

    He is a very busy man (4.50 / 2) (#3)
    by Militarytracy on Wed Mar 28, 2007 at 10:08:17 AM EST
    both of him ;)

    Weenie roasts and such . . . (none / 0) (#4)
    by Big Tent Democrat on Wed Mar 28, 2007 at 10:10:35 AM EST
    It's like 1930s movies. (5.00 / 1) (#5)
    by walt on Wed Mar 28, 2007 at 10:43:00 AM EST
    Pontificate all day.
    Cocktails at five.
    Dinner at eight.

    Shall we dress for dinner?

    It's cook's night out, so I ordered in.

    [It's so difficult to keep my language unsalted at this website.  Grrrr.]

    Purple Rose of Cairo (none / 0) (#6)
    by Big Tent Democrat on Wed Mar 28, 2007 at 10:45:43 AM EST
    Blogs are breaking the fourth wall.

    I surely hope citizen Stengel doesn't (5.00 / 1) (#7)
    by mentaldebris on Wed Mar 28, 2007 at 11:14:51 AM EST
    bump off editor Stengel when it comes to dispensing the news to the country.

    So funny how the press was shouting "Rah! Rah! Rah!" when the thugs were going after the Clintons for any little misstep. But when the Dems go after the thugs for alleged/actual crimes, it's all, "That will hurt the Democrats, they shouldn't do that, the public doesn't want it."  

    It's like the thugs are made out of fine china or something -- handle with care. I suppose that's true -- they seem to be afraid of their shadows and are constantly trying to get the rest of the world to share their fears. But I digress.

    Or, maybe...

    So Mr. Stengel, did Rove tell the members of the press he holds dossiers on all of you and if, perchance, the Dems are successful in shedding light on his crimes and the media didn't do everything within their power (even if it means speaking as "citizens" on news shows)to stop the truth from coming out, he will go public with the information?  

    Because it sure looks that way from these seats. Especially given the fact that no one seemed to be concerned about the thugs looking bad when they made up sh*t about the Dems. That was good for the country. Yeah, right.

    You guys suck so much. Viva la blogs!

    Casey... (5.00 / 2) (#8)
    by desertswine on Wed Mar 28, 2007 at 05:30:46 PM EST
    There comes a time in every man's life, and I've had plenty of them. - The only Stengel anyone will ever remember.