Can't Get The Story Straight

Even when obligingly regurgitated, the White House can't get its story straight. Compare this:

Pardons are typically reviewed by the Justice Department and sent to the president for a final determination. But a former administration official said that in this case the White House had sent a message of “we’re not going through the usual pardon scrub, we’re going through this one ourselves.”

To this:

Before Mr. Bush spoke at Walter Reed, his press secretary, Tony Snow, fended off an unruly press corps, whose members demanded to know why Mr. Libby had received special treatment. Mr. Snow insisted that he had not, saying the case had been handled in a “routine manner.” “The president does not look upon this as granting a favor to anyone,” Mr. Snow said, “and to do that is to misconstrue the nature of the deliberations.”

There is something ironic in the lying being done to defend releasing a convicted perjurer from his sentence.

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    Ironic (5.00 / 1) (#2)
    by squeaky on Wed Jul 04, 2007 at 01:59:51 PM EST
    There is something ironic in the lying being done to defend releasing a convicted perjurer from his sentence.

    2: characterized by often poignant difference or incongruity
            between what is expected and what actually is; "madness,
            an ironic fate for such a clear thinker"; "it was ironical
            that the well-planned scheme failed so completely"

    Your point would be wonderfully insightful and a good catch had not lying been the norm rather than the exception for this admin and their regular snowjobs.

    Tony did say (none / 0) (#4)
    by Edger on Wed Jul 04, 2007 at 02:10:24 PM EST
    he would never drink the kool-aid, didn't he? He must be on I.V. by now.

    That the press simply didn't laugh in his face... (5.00 / 1) (#3)
    by Dadler on Wed Jul 04, 2007 at 02:03:34 PM EST
    ...says it all.  

    No one "misconstrued", Tony (none / 0) (#1)
    by Edger on Wed Jul 04, 2007 at 01:49:56 PM EST
    Hunter Thompson:
    "Jesus! How much more of this cheap-jack bullsh*t can we be expected to take from that stupid little gunsel? Who gives a fu*k if he's lonely and depressed down there in San Clemente? If there were any such thing as true justice in this world, his rancid carcass would be somewhere down around Easter Island right now, in the belly of a hammerhead shark."
    He was talking about Richard Nixon.
    "Nixon was a professional politician, and I despised everything he stood for -- but if he were running for president this year against the evil Bush-Cheney gang, I would happily vote for him."

    He also noted that:

    "If we get chased out of Iraq with our tail between our legs, that will be the fifth consecutive Third-world country with no hint of a Navy or an Air Force to have whipped us in the past 40 years."