Friday, May 11, 2007

Leslie Stahl's contradictions

Leslie Stahl, describing Lou Dobbs in her 60 minutes report, makes a series of non-sequiturs that reveal more about her own views of American politics than any inconsistencies in Dobbs worldview:
Lou is full of contradictions.

He's pro-abortion rights, but against gun control.

A fiscal conservative who supports government regulation.
What do abortion rights and gun control have to do with one another?

And considering that deregulation led to the collapse of Enron, Worldcom and Arthur Anderson (with considerable fallout for the government), why would any fiscal conservative not believe in a well regulated market system?

The views Stahl cites aren't contradictions, they simply don't fit the cookie cutter mold of either the Republican or Democratic parties that she's used to considering. They're inconsistent with the political landscape, not with internal logic.

In short, she's challenging Dobbs for having views that fall outside the acceptable range of opinion, not for having opinions themselves.

via C&L

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