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Larry Johnson's Outrageous Rove Hatred (UPDATED)

The next time Larry Johnson appears on a cable news show to discuss the CIA or Valerie Plame or what a disaster the war in Iraq is, I hope that someone will let viewers know just who it is they are getting their analysis from. Actually the quotes posted by Sweetness & Light should make him ineligible to appear as an analyst on any subject. He is unhinged. I am not going out on a limb with that description. Just follow the links. Here is the worst (in my opinion) of his comments about Karl Rove (but by all means, follow the links and read them in context);

Karl is a shameless bastard. Small wonder his mother killed herself. Once she discovered what a despicable soul she had spawned she apparently saw no other way out.
He also commented at Democratic Underground about Jason Leopold:
Democratic Underground - Larry Johnson "Leopold Had Multiple Sources" Larry Johnson


Sun May-14-06 02:17 AM

It is not just Jason Leopold. Joe Wilson heard the same from other sources. And, more importantly, Jason is reporting based on multiple, more than two, sources. His editors realized what a big story this is and did the appropriate checking before posting.

That Johnson gets his truth from Joe Wilson and Jason Leopold just about says it all. Link via Lucianne's blogtruth.

Update: There is a lot of reaction to the comment about Rove's mother at Democratic Underground (link courtesy of LibraryLady).

Update II: Jeff Goldstein reports that Johnson has altered his original post. Goldstein expands on the point I made above about Johnson serving as a cable news analyst.

This, my friends, is the conjoining of conspiracy-minded paleocons with the face of the modern deranged leftwing of the Democratic party--where a former intelligence officer writes publicly that a Republican strategist's inveterate evil was responsible for his own mother's suicide, and where even the spokesperson for the last presidential candidate is unhinged enough to suggest, on the record, that Karl Rove should be concerned about getting cornholed in prison.

And yet these people--thanks mostly to their enablers in the press--are often trotted out as serious critics of the administration, and seldom shown for the vile and vicious anti-intellectual thugs that they are. Whether it's Howard Dean calling Republicans evil and saying he "hates" them; or John Murtha convicting soldiers of murder in advance of a full investigation; or a low-rent castoffs like Johnson, who the MSM routinely turns to when they need a good anti-war intelligence source, mustering up the guts to say that Karl Rove is responsible for his own mother's suicide--the bile is there for all to sample, if only the MSM weren't so good at controlling the information flow.

But the question is, how long will the legacy media be able to keep a lid on this stuff now that the information superhighway has so many toll free lanes? They've shown time and again that they're willing to insulate their ideological fellow travelers. Can we count on the American electorate to overcome what one media professional once suggested was good for 5-15% points in the polls?


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"They are big boys and shou... (Below threshold)
kirktoe:

"They are big boys and should be able to defend themselves quite ably against this turd."

(referring to Kerry and Murtha).

No, actually they cried and whined like little babies that they were being unfailry criticized.


Democratic Underground had ... (Below threshold)
LibraryLady:

Democratic Underground had a field day with Johnson's statement:

Small Wonder His Mother Killed Herself

Little voices I say, I hear... (Below threshold)
MoeCurryLarry:

Little voices I say, I hear voices! sources? I have sources I beg You, someone let me out! please let Me out!

Could you imagine the outcr... (Below threshold)

Could you imagine the outcry of Ann Coulter, Jerry Falwell, or Pat Robertson would have said the same thing? Our ears would've been ringing for weeks.

Michele had better be quite... (Below threshold)
Scrapiron:

Michele had better be quite for a while. The mental facilities are overrun with lefties due to her book. I was just on Huff and Puff and they've totally flipped out. I wish someone could televise them, it would be better than the dim-wit comedy in the Senate today and that would be a hard act to follow. They are also denying that their own liberals boo boo'd ole Hellary when she refused to support Hanoi John's cut and run. I guess none of them have a tv or they think the magician Rove had changed the program in mid-air. What a bunch of cartoon characters. I guess if you tell the same lies long enough you believe the lies yourself. It sure works on the lefties.

Oh, boo hoo. We're... (Below threshold)

Oh, boo hoo.

We're in Ann Coulter Nation now, and never forget that your side made it this way.

There's nothing in Larry Jo... (Below threshold)

There's nothing in Larry Johnson's public life to suggest that he's anything but a self-appointed windbag. He served in government for a total of 8 years, four at the CIA and four at State, almost 20 years ago.

The Jersey Witches were political before their husbands were murdered, and more so after. By injecting their existing left wing beliefs into the issues surrounding 9/11 they exploited both the memories of their dead and the natural sympathy of the American people for those who lost loved ones that day. In addition, they received monetary compensation far in excess of that awarded spouses of soldiers killed in the War on Terror or the survivors of the Oklahoma City bombing.

Comments directed at the Jersey Witches may be in poor taste, but no poorer than the taste I got from them for the last five years. Karl Rove's mother, OTOH, was merely a target of opportunity for the left and these comments reflect their utter lack of good judgement and class.

... never forget that y... (Below threshold)
Martin A. Knight:
    ... never forget that your side made it this way.

I think Robert Bork may have something to say about that ...

Larry Johnson and Valerie P... (Below threshold)
Nosnotre:

Larry Johnson and Valerie Plame were CIA operations officers. 'The best the US intelligence comunity has to offer.' It should be obvious we threw away alot of our money.

As far as Larry's blogs, he seems to be responding to defending Plame, since they went to the farm together. Plame was a good source for 'coming outs' of alot of retired and retiring CIA operations officers. They started 501s, which were investigated by Congress and possibly this is why Plame complained about the domestic political groups she was investigating to Congress and the NSA work on domestic political groups. Johnson and Plame's work seems to serve the CIA, but what they have done is reveal that CIA operations officers are a tremedous waste of money and cost the US more than they serve.

CIA operations officers are trained to overthrow gevenments. This is all Plame and Johnson seem to be doing.

I see SteveM is channeling ... (Below threshold)

I see SteveM is channeling the lovely people at DU...some choice rancid bits:

37. Why does his [rove] childhood remind me of Ted Bundy?
Another murderous, sociopathic Republican.
[...]
19. Fuck Karl Rove with a jackhammer.
His personal pain brings joy to my heart. And I don't care how unliberal that sounds.
[...]
30. It might help explain why Karl is a lying sociopath.
Nothing wrong with pointing it out, maybe he drove her to it.
[...]
Fuck that, play dirty. Find pictures of Rove licking Gannon's ass. There are no rules in war.
[...]
51. Rove was an evil bastard
long before that happened so I don't have any sympathy for him at all. Read about what he was like in school before he was even a college student. I know people that worked with him back in the 80's and he was an unmitigated son of a bitch then.
[...]
10. Let's "Coulter excuse" this...
While I endorse Larry Johnson's content, I might criticize his style...
The new, all purpose, excuse anything excuse!
Nice fellow-travelers, SteveM. Nice.

Karl is a shameles... (Below threshold)
kbiel:
Karl is a shameless bastard. Small wonder his mother killed herself. Once she discovered what a despicable soul she had spawned she apparently saw no other way out.

I'm sure that you just took that out of context. It wouldn't sound so bad if you would include the paragraph before where Larry proves that Roves real first name is Damien.

Funny, Ann Coulter acts mor... (Below threshold)

Funny, Ann Coulter acts more reprehensibly on a daily basis, yet right-wing extremists such as yourselves never bat an eye. The reaction here to Johnson's piece would be laughable were it not so hypocritical.

Actually, the left hates An... (Below threshold)
MikeSC:

Actually, the left hates Ann because she treats them the way they've treated the right for decades.
-=Mike

If anything Larry Johnson w... (Below threshold)
Jimbo:

If anything Larry Johnson was much to kind about Karl Rove. With his filthy tricks, his robophone slanders, his push-poll filth, and his all-around lying, Rove is a discredit to carbon-based life forms. He resmebles nothing so much as a twisted, glowing slag heap of depleted uranium.

Except all you have against... (Below threshold)
MikeSC:

Except all you have against Karl are inane theories and little reality.
-=Mike

MikeSC said:Act... (Below threshold)

MikeSC said:

Actually, the left hates Ann because she treats them the way they've treated the right for decades.

Oh really? I'm dying to see the "history" of left-wingers demonizing their opponents, going after their familiy members, and engaging in racist, sexist, and anti-Semitic rhetoric.

C'mon, Mikey, don't hold out on us!

Missed the constant refrain... (Below threshold)
MikeSC:

Missed the constant refrain of "they're trying to starve the poor", eh? Missed the claim that the GOP wants the elderly to eat dog food, eh?

Missed that "civility", did ya?
-=Mike

And, more importan... (Below threshold)
And, more importantly, Jason is reporting based on multiple, more than two, sources.

Woody and Heckle and Jeckle!




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