We know there is revisionist history but is there such a thing as a revisionist present? It looks like right wingers are beginning to believe their own press; the one that tells them that things aren't really all that bad in Iraq. And sometimes it makes them look sort of, you know, silly.

Take Republican candidate Howard Kaloogian, so eager to show that all's well in Baghdad, he posted a fraudulent photo to make his point. There are questions now as to whether the brave Kaloogian has even been to Iraq in the past year.

Blogger and talk show host Hugh Hewitt doesn't even feel the need to go there. He's comfortable touting his own bravery from his precarious perch at the Empire State Building. From Jonathan:

The third-tier talk show host strapped on his kevlar helmet and bravely reported from the front lines of the terror war while interviewing Michael Ware, a Time Baghdad correspondent:
MW: Let's look at it this way. I mean, you're sitting back in a comfortable radio studio, far from the realities of this war.
HH: Actually, Michael, let me interrupt you.
MW: If anyone has a right...
HH: Michael, one second.
MW: If anyone has a right to complain, that's what...
HH: I'm sitting in the Empire State Building. Michael, I'm sitting in the Empire State Building, which has been in the past, and could be again, a target. Because in downtown Manhattan, it's not comfortable, although it's a lot safer than where you are, people always are three miles away from where the jihadis last spoke in America. So that's...civilians have a stake in this. Although you are on the front line, this was the front line four and a half years ago.
True bravery is that Republican water carriers Hugh Hewitt, Ann Coulter, Sean Hannity and a number of others are willing to work or live in this hotbed of sin known as New York City. It must be very difficult for them to forsake drinking Zimas in the beds of their pickups after a day of shopping at Wal-Mart and dining at Olive Garden...

Jonathan notes that after the above exchange, "Hewitt suggests that Ware, an Australian, is a traitor for reporting behind the lines of the insurgency and strongly hints that he should be 'recalled' by Time." Read the whole thing. It's more than worth your time... You want to know how bad it is, read this. (Blogoland)

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