Bill Clinton Rips Fox News Sunday Hack Chris Wallace a New One

If you didn’t see Bill Clinton on Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace this morning, definitely watch this clip, courtesy of Crooks and Liars. Clinton reacted exactly the way every Democratic politician must finally start to respond and not just to full blown right-wing hacks but all of their MSM parrots and apologists as well.

You have to call them on their BS, every time and especially face to face. It would be nice if the rest of the Democrats and liberals would finally get this too. Don’t give them a pass. Refute them point by point and also hit them on their outrageous bias and BS.

Of course, the AP’s Karen Matthews (hmm, a relative of Tweety perhaps?), duly performs the typical MSM cover and support for the GOP. Since most people won’t see the interview and know what Wallace’s full question/statement was, the context of it and see his very proud, smirking face throughout, which preceded Clinton’s exactly proper responses and tone. Well of course, it would have been nice if Bill could have also smacked the smirks off that little wussy’s face and left him sobbing but obviously he can’t do that.

Clinton said he was told that 1/2 of the interview would be on the Clinton Global Initiative and the rest on whatever Wallace wanted to discuss. Wallace spends the first 5 minutes on the CGI before taking a break to bring up what he said tons of Faux News droolers all wrote in to tell him to ask Clinton. Wallace’s question, was the usual list that all of the parrots would definitely have cut and pasted in their emails. Though he didn’t end with the “Because you were getting BJ’s!”, that all the emails would have all added at a minimum, along with the “Clinton did nothing after each attack”.

The last 10 minutes of the 1/2 hour interview were back to CGI. With Wallace then acting like he’d wanted to talk about CGI more but Clinton wouldn’t let him.

Poor Mike Wallace. If Chris was my kid (dread the thought!) I would have disowned him and insisted I’d never had any children.

Here’s most of AP’s little write-up:

In a combative interview on “Fox News Sunday,” former President Clinton defended his handling of the threat posed by Osama bin Laden, saying he tried to have bin Laden killed and was attacked for his efforts by the same people who now criticize him for not doing enough.

“That’s the difference in me and some, including all of the right-wingers who are attacking me now,” Clinton said in the interview. “They ridiculed me for trying. They had eight months to try, they did not try.”

Clinton accused host Chris Wallace of a “conservative hit job” and asked: “I want to know how many people in the Bush administration you asked, ‘Why didn’t you do anything about the Cole?’ I want to know how many people you asked, ‘Why did you fire Dick Clarke?'”

Wallace said Sunday he was surprised by Clinton’s “conspiratorial view” of “a very non-confrontational question, ‘Did you do enough to connect the dots and go after Al Qaida?'”

“All I did was ask him a question, and I think it was a legitimate news question. I was surprised that he would conjure up that this was a hit job,” Wallace said in a telephone interview.

Below is the full actual initial question Wallace asked Clinton, along with Bill’s initial response, to first put Wallace’s question/statement into the proper context of why Wallace asked what he did, the way he did, on Faux News. But you really have to watch this video (it’s worth the download time), to see the full segment with Wallace’s smirk throughout that 15 minute portion. Taken from the transcript on Faux:

WALLACE: When we announced that you were going to be on “Fox News Sunday,” I got a lot of e-mail from viewers. And I’ve got to say, I was surprised. Most of them wanted me to ask you this question: Why didn’t you do more to put bin Laden and Al Qaeda out of business when you were president?

There’s a new book out, I suspect you’ve already read, called “The Looming Tower.” And it talks about how the fact that when you pulled troops out of Somalia in 1993, bin Laden said, “I have seen the frailty and the weakness and the cowardice of U.S. troops.” Then there was the bombing of the embassies in Africa and the attack on the Cole.

CLINTON: OK, let’s just go through that.

WALLACE: Let me — let me — may I just finish the question, sir?

And after the attack, the book says that bin Laden separated his leaders, spread them around, because he expected an attack, and there was no response.

I understand that hindsight is always 20/20. …

CLINTON: No, let’s talk about it.

WALLACE: … but the question is, why didn’t you do more, connect the dots and put them out of business?

CLINTON: OK, let’s talk about it. Now, I will answer all those things on the merits, but first I want to talk about the context in which this arises.

I’m being asked this on the FOX network. ABC just had a right- wing conservative run in their little “Pathway to 9/11,” falsely claiming it was based on the 9/11 Commission report, with three things asserted against me directly contradicted by the 9/11 Commission report.

And I think it’s very interesting that all the conservative Republicans, who now say I didn’t do enough, claimed that I was too obsessed with bin Laden. All of President Bush’s neo-cons thought I was too obsessed with bin Laden. They had no meetings on bin Laden for nine months after I left office. All the right-wingers who now say I didn’t do enough said I did too much — same people.

They were all trying to get me to withdraw from Somalia in 1993 the next day after we were involved in “Black Hawk down,” and I refused to do it and stayed six months and had an orderly transfer to the United Nations.

OK, now let’s look at all the criticisms: Black Hawk down, Somalia. There is not a living soul in the world who thought that Usama bin Laden had anything to do with Black Hawk down or was paying any attention to it or even knew Al Qaeda was a growing concern in October of ’93.

WALLACE: I understand, and I …

CLINTON: No, wait. No, wait. Don’t tell me this — you asked me why didn’t I do more to bin Laden. There was not a living soul. All the people who now criticize me wanted to leave the next day.

You brought this up, so you’ll get an answer, but you can’t …

WALLACE: I’m perfectly happy to.

CLINTON: All right, secondly…

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4 Responses to Bill Clinton Rips Fox News Sunday Hack Chris Wallace a New One

  1. Good for Bill! I haven’t watched this yet, but I am on my way…

  2. Bryan says:

    [b] I don’t know how many times anyone has said to you President Clinton “THANK YOU”, but from myself, and I hope many more,…
    THANK YOU… THANK YOU… THANK YOU!!![b]

  3. Bryan says:

    I don’t know how many times anyone has said to you President Clinton “THANK YOU”, but from myself, and I hope many more,…
    THANK YOU… THANK YOU… THANK YOU!!!

  4. Ginny Cotts says:

    I agree Bryan.

    President Clinton THANK YOU….THANK YOU…. THANK YOU!!!

    AND Al Gore and Richard Clarke. I read Clarke’s book in 4/04 and have referenced it many times since. I do encourage people to read it as an excellent perspective on the ‘path to 9/11’ (what were the concerns and the limits of each situation). It ALSO gives a superb view of the civil servants who work for whatever party is in power, giving all they can to become experts and use that expertise for the country. They are basically civilian military. They train, do their jobs and they get flak for being ‘part of the bureacracy’

    Finally, THANK YOU President Clinton for this interview and the work you are doing for the Global Initiative.

    Interesting how differently former Democratic presidents and former Republican presidents spend their time and effort. Ronnie was getting old and probably had signs of Alzeimers by the time he left office. Ford? Bush I?

    Compared to Carter and Clinton?

    How about Mondale, Gore and Quayle? (You do remember Dan?)