GOP/Media complex: they lie without consequence
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This post originally appeared on Mercury Rising.
On the May 10 broadcast of Sean Hannityâ€™s nationally syndicated radio show, radio hosts Jim Quinn and Rose Tennent repeated baseless allegations that they had reportedly made on their own XM Radio show that Democratic National Committee (DNC) chairman Howard Dean was behind Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebeliusâ€™ assertion that equipment shortages due to the war in Iraq had impaired the Kansas National Guardâ€™s ability to respond quickly after a tornado leveled the town of Greensburg, Kansas. [â€¦]
The DNC has issued a cease-and-desist letter to XM Radio stating that the allegations are â€œfalse and defamatory [and] libelous and slanderousâ€ and demanding that Quinn and Tennent broadcast â€œan express and specific retraction of these statementsâ€ on their show.
In fact, if Quinn had bothered to look at the facts instead of whatever talking points his Republican buddies were feeding him, heâ€™d know that Sebeliusâ€™ concern about the depletion of the National Guard forces â€” a concern shared by many if not most of her fellow governors â€” is of long standing:
Moreover, Quinnâ€™s claim that Dean and other national Democratic leaders instigated Sebeliusâ€™ statements about Guard resources being depleted because of the war in Iraq is undermined by Sebeliusâ€™ numerous past statements of concern about the impact on the Kansas Guard of the war in Iraq.