From Media Matters:
On the December 27 edition of CNN’s State of the Union, Mary Matalin falsely claimed that President George W. Bush “inherited a recession from President Clinton, and we inherited the most tragic attack on our own soil in our nation’s history.”
It is pretty damn bad when being fact-checked doesn’t require a Lexis-Nexis search – or even a Google search – just a calendar.
In fact the 9-11 attacks occurred eight months into Bush’s presidency and more than a month after he had received a Presidential Daily Briefing titled “Bin Laden Determined to Strike in U.S.,” and the recession began in March 2001.
Now, I’ll be fair. Maybe she was driven batty by looking at James Carville every day. I’m sure that would turn my brain to cheese after a while; and I’m pretty sure I’d be poking at my eyes with sharp objects too. Still, there’s no excuse for saying something like that – and even less of one for CNN allowing her to get away with it (by ‘getting away with it,’ I mean not having a 16-ton anvil drop down on her as soon as she said it.)