Gelnn Greenwald hammers Rahm Emmanuel for lying during Foleygate:
Did Rahm Emanuel explicitly and clearly lie during his October appearance on ABC?
Emanuel would likely say that he did not “lie,” because each time he was asked whether he was “aware” of the e-mails — which he plainly was — he never denied being “aware” of them. Instead — he would likely argue — he changed the subject by denying that he ever “saw” the e-mails, a fact which appears (based on what we know) to be true (or at least not demonstrably false). Therefore, in the narrowest and most technical way, an argument could be constructed that Emanuel did not actually “lie” in his responses.
But that argument, ultimately, is nonsense. If you listen to the video, there is little doubt that Emanuel was lying in every meaningful sense of that word. He not only denied having “seen” the e-mails, but also interrupted Stephanapolous’s first question about whether he was “aware” of the e-mails with an emphatic “no,” and at least on one other occasion, denied not only having seen the e-mails, but also having been aware of them. Those denials were just outright false (i.e., “lies”).
Read the whole thing. Good for Glenn.
And, not surprisingly, Republican bloggers learn exactly the wrong lesson:
I don’t have the time or desire to go through the Foley Report and retype all the confirmations that the entire effort was a Democrat hit job supported and covered up by the media. It is one thing to protect a source, but it is another to hide the fact Democrats began shopping the Foley story as I said they did and when I said they did. What is humorous is watching naive lefties like Glenn Greenwald wake up and choke down their crow regarding their pure and valiant political leaders. Now maybe they understand why those of us who grew up in the swamp that is DC knew better and knew the Democrats were in complete cahoots with the media.
The media is now reporting this because it was uncovered in the House investigation, and Glenn isn’t “choking down crow,” he is holding the Democrats responsible for their behavior when it is uncovered. It is an idea that Republicans might want to think about while they are in the minority. And just an FYI- Rahm Emmanuel was not in charge of running the House. Denny Hastert and the GOP were.
As a side note, check memeorandum for the growing list of right-wing bloggers who are linking to Glenn approvingly and are shocked he is calling the Democrats on this. I guess integrity is a novel concept these days.