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It's official, TIME Magazine is a complete joke

Joe Klein has reviewed Bush 43's memoir and is as shallow and clichéd as any leftist can be in it:

As I read on, trapped in the sketchy carelessness of this presidency, I was surprised by how angry I didn't become. For me, at least, weariness has replaced anger. Bush's was an exhausting presidency that will, I suspect, be remembered more for its waste -- of time, lives, money, moral standing and economic strength -- than for anything else. We have survived nearly a decade now since Sept. 11, and the cataclysmic events of that day have receded, not just in memory but in importance, compared with the global economic changes and Wall Street sociopathy that together challenge America's future pre-eminence. We have not been successfully attacked since, a matter of luck and skill. We do have Bush to thank, in part, for that -- but far too much testosterone was spent kicking irrelevant butts and landing, breathless with self-regard, on carrier decks to celebrate victories that were Pyrrhic at best. We struggle to recover from the thoughtless carnage of his tenure.

There's more of the same detritus at the link but really, all one needs to do to cement TIME's slippage into tabloid trash is to take a peek at the image they used to accompany Klein's piece:


There's really nothing else to say here.  There couldn't be a clearer case of Bush Derangement Syndrome. 

Joe Klein and TIME Magazine should never be taken seriously again. 


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Comments (42)

I'm not sure which surprise... (Below threshold)
jim m:

I'm not sure which surprises me more: That they still publish Time magazine, or that someone still reads it.

I'm so old, I remember when... (Below threshold)
Walter Cronanty:

I'm so old, I remember when Time was considered to be a liberal magazine, but with some journalistic integrity. It's not a "joke" - it's degenerated into the Democratic Party's version of Pravda [no offense to Pravda].

I never took Joe Klein seri... (Below threshold)
James Cloninger:

I never took Joe Klein seriously to begin with. And the last time I read TIME was in the dentist office two years ago. I got through half and article.

I believe dentists have Tim... (Below threshold)
LeBron Steinman:

I believe dentists have Time and Newsweek in their waiting rooms so that root canals seem pleasant by comparison.

"Joe Klein and TIME Magazin... (Below threshold)

"Joe Klein and TIME Magazine should never be taken seriously again."

That could have been said over 10 years ago.

"We have not been successfully attacked since (9/11), a matter of luck and skill.

Mr. Klein, are you aware of a place called Fort Hood?

"Bush's was an exhausting p... (Below threshold)

"Bush's was an exhausting presidency....."

I can think of an exhausting presidency and it sure as hell ain't W's.

They don't have political c... (Below threshold)

They don't have political caricatures in Time anymore. The articles would be redundant.

I take comfort in knowing J... (Below threshold)

I take comfort in knowing Joe Klein KNOWS Bush made better grades in school than that intellectual ineffectual giant he voted for President, instead of George W. Bush. It's also comforting knowing he knows he has to lie and make crap up to feel good about his view of the world.

Didn't Time go bankrupt and... (Below threshold)
Caesar Augustus:

Didn't Time go bankrupt and cease publication several years ago?

Heck, NOT EVEN DAN QUAYLE O... (Below threshold)

Heck, NOT EVEN DAN QUAYLE OR SARAH PALIN would be depicted reading a book upside down. But George "Is-our-Children-Learning-Yet" Bush has a reputation to uphold.

George W. Bush -- King of the Morons Who Elected Him.

I know Bush many times has... (Below threshold)
Steve Crickmore:

I know Bush many times has been described as intellectually lazy; therefore,it is not surprising that he seems to rely on word by word, verbatim, previously published conversations with his confidants/advisors.

Still it is disappointing that his publisher promised that the author, George Bush gives "gripping, never-before-heard detail" about the former president's key decisions, offering to bring readers "aboard Air Force 1" etc...

Unfortunately, the book seems a remarkable 'cut and paste' job from previous books written by his advisors.

The point of a memoir is that it is the author's version of events. Bush's book is a collection of other people's versions of events. But that's not what Bush promises readers. "Decision Points is based primarily on my recollections".

Sure...See the 16 lifted or borrowed passages. I guess we will have to read the memoirs of Cheney or Rove whom Bush called "Bush's Brain", to find out what Bush really thought. Good luck!

You know, all of you a-hole... (Below threshold)
Big Mo:

You know, all of you a-holes who hate Bush with your smarmy arrogant vacuousness, do us all a favor. Go away. Take your crap with you and never return.

I'm tired of you [self-censored] jerks slamming that man. Eff off.

What I find amazing is that... (Below threshold)
jim m:

What I find amazing is that GWB is known to read several books every week. He's probably better read than 99.9% of his detractors who call him stupid, ignorant or lazy.

I wonder what they would have called Bush if he had the track record that Barry has? Only president of the Harvard Law Review never to write an article. Never published as a lecturer at Univ. of Chicago. We'd hear, "he was given a pass because his daddy is rich". Now, if we point out that Barry was given a pass on account of his skin color (a very reasonable position given the circumstances that he was the first African American pres of the law review and the only one so lazy and incompetent to fail to write anything) we are called racist.

Seems to me that once again the left has been projecting.

Crickmore's such a two-face... (Below threshold)
Jim Addison:

Crickmore's such a two-faced hypocrite he doesn't even notice the irony in his post at #11. He criticizes the book without reading it, and lifts a passage, verbatim, from a leftist website.

Not only is he a serial liar, but apparently he's stupid, too.

Bush was a f-up who let Osa... (Below threshold)

Bush was a f-up who let Osama escape and then got us into the fiasco of Iraq. He let the Wall Street fraudsters run free and tanked the world economy. He ruined the reputation of the USA for decent conduct in war by ordering torture camps.

He's been succeeded by the weakling Obama, who is continuing to bleed the Treasury with wars, bank bailouts and pork projects, and who doesn't have the balls to put some Wall Street fraudsters in jail.

He's being chased by a complete nitwit, Sarah Palin.

I am hedging my bets with mutual funds investing in Chinese, Indian and Brazilian stocks and looking at buying farmland.

yeah Galoob, but YOU'RE the... (Below threshold)

yeah Galoob, but YOU'RE the one who justifies child suicide bombers, so who gives a f**k what your opinion of anyone is?

I love how the left say tha... (Below threshold)

I love how the left say that Bush "diminished" the office, but it was just Obama who lowered the bar, saying instead of hitting the home run, maybe he'll hit a single sometimes.

What an epic fail of a human.

Wait till we take everything back in 2012.

They have a photo of Bush r... (Below threshold)

They have a photo of Bush reading his own book upside-down and you're debating whether the dufus is a moron. What more proof of his idiocy do you need?

Hey Barak 2012. . .you noti... (Below threshold)
Ryan M.:

Hey Barak 2012. . .you notice the words underneath the 'Photo"?
"Photo Illustration by Steven Kroninger"

What is a "{Photo Illustration"?

"A type of computer art that begins with a digitized photograph. Using special image enhancement software, the artist can then apply a variety of special effects to transform the photo into a work of art."

In other words, Nitwit, it says its a digitally manipulated photograph in large letters right under the picture.

The picture is clearly labe... (Below threshold)

The picture is clearly labeled a photo illustration which means it's a photoshop. And Barak2012 is a moron who cannot read. What further proof of his idiocy do we need?

(unless he left the \sarc tag of, then maybe he's just lazy...)

What more proof of YOUR idi... (Below threshold)
Ryan M.:

What more proof of YOUR idiocy do we need?

Barack2012 ... (Below threshold)


aka stuck on stupid!

Hey hypersensitive Bush def... (Below threshold)
Bruce Henry:

Hey hypersensitive Bush defenders - I'm pretty sure this Barak2012 guy is trying to mess with you. It was a joke, evidently.

I'm also pretty sure a guy who actually supports Obama would know how to spell "Barack," aren't you?

And a couple of things Mr Gravitas Emeritus Addison fails to say is that he doesn't know whether Mr Crickmore has read the book or not, and that whether or not he has is irrelevant to his comment. Mr Gravitas Emeritus goes on to call Mr Crickmore a "serial liar" and "stupid" without a scintilla of evidence that that is the case. And Mr Crickmore, in "lifting a passage" from a leftist website, provides a link so that we can see his source. He doesn't try to pass it off as his own, as Bush does. Way to present an argument, Mr Gravitas Emeritus.

As for Jim's assertion thar Bush reads several books a week, I hadn't heard that since 2004, when it was proclaimed by Karl Rove. I don't know if Jim is aware of this, but Mr Rove has sometimes been suspected of saying things that weren't strictly, you know, TRUE.

You Bush bashers are so sma... (Below threshold)

You Bush bashers are so smart and yet you fell for Obama.

"We have survived nearly a ... (Below threshold)
retired military:

"We have survived nearly a decade now since Sept. 11"

We have survived because of actions Mr Bush took, not in spite of them.

Bruce Henry"'m also ... (Below threshold)
retired military:

Bruce Henry
"'m also pretty sure a guy who actually supports Obama would know how to spell "Barack," aren't you?


You can never tell about Obamanics. Have your read Lee Ward 2007 vs Lee Ward 2010? You would think they were 2 different people.

Rick"It's official... (Below threshold)
retired military:


"It's official, TIME Magazine is a complete joke

Damn rick, Welcome to 1985. Now try to catch up on some other news.

We have survived nearly ... (Below threshold)

We have survived nearly a decade now since Sept. 11, and the cataclysmic events of that day have receded, not just in memory but in importance

Phew, I'm glad we're over that whole muslim terror thing, aren't you? Back to 9/10. Come visit Albany and view the ground zero exhibit at the state museum and watch peoples' faces and say that.

.... Joe Klein and Time sho... (Below threshold)

.... Joe Klein and Time should never be taken seriously again ....

Joe Klein and Time ever were?

"Bush was a f-up who let Os... (Below threshold)

"Bush was a f-up who let Osama escape...."

Er, using that logic, then Billy Bob Clinton would also be a 'f-up'?

You could get in trouble with the left, defaming Saint Clinton.

I swear I have seen that li... (Below threshold)

I swear I have seen that line before "waste..time,money,lives,...." somewhere in reference to Bush,but I can't remember where. It may have been on this site. I want to say that JT had a post/discussion about it. Maybe it will come to me at 3am.

Before many of you were bor... (Below threshold)

Before many of you were born, Time was still a joke. As one of their foreign correspondents told me (c. 1958), "Time is written in NYC" and the correspondents stories rarely find publication without the heavy hand of the Time commissars.

Oh. Never mind.... (Below threshold)

Oh. Never mind.

Bush lied. His fans lie. It... (Below threshold)

Bush lied. His fans lie. Its a circle jerk of dishonesty - self-pleasuring hand in hand with self-delusion. It's exactly the kind of behavior you'd expect to find in an insane asylum... Republicans huddled in a corner of the internet whacking off to lies about Bush's effectiveness as a President.

A pansy liberal spews venom... (Below threshold)

A pansy liberal spews venom about boooosh and a bunch of other pansy liberals fail in rushing to his defense.

Just another day on Wizbang.

Stan2 appears to have a fet... (Below threshold)

Stan2 appears to have a fetish with self-abuse.

"Bush lied," says the troll... (Below threshold)

"Bush lied," says the troll, Stan2.

I've been hearing that for some years now but none of the people making that claim have ever been able to come up with The Lie.

It's like they're lying or something.

Stan2What exactly ... (Below threshold)
retired military:


What exactly did Bush lie about? Please post the quote?

Do you mean about WMD in IRAQ?>

Well does that mean that Clinton lied when he said they had them, how about kerry? How about Edwards? How about Madeline Albright? Colin Powell? Hillary Clinton? Israeli Intelligence? British intelligence?

Shall I go on? All of those folks said that Saddam had WMD.

You are nothing but a twit uttering other twits nonsense.

Bush is rather self-congrat... (Below threshold)
Steve Crickmore:

Bush is rather self-congratulatory and in inimitable way careless and overweening manner on nearly all the executive decisons he made for example, on his state ordered executions "I'm confident," he said in February, 2000 "that every person that has been put to death in Texas under my watch has been guilty of the crime charged, and had full access to the courts."

Now we have the DNA results, new evidence that was denied at the time by the courts,, DNA Tests Undermine Evidence in Texas Execution.
New results show Claude Jones was put to death on flawed evidence
in December, of 2000.
Claude Jones was the last man Bush had executed when he was President -elect and still Texas governor. What an enormous travesty. Did Bush so proud do to say "I'm the decsion-maker" ever get any decision right? This case was the precursor that so many innocent people would die because he wasn't open to consider all evidence or ask any searching questions about evidence, often slim but just as often tainted or shaped to tendentious conclusions.

Steve" Did Bush so... (Below threshold)
retired military:


" Did Bush so proud do to say "I'm the decsion-maker" ever get any decision right"

I will take Bush's percentage over Obama's any time.

Leaders make decisions base... (Below threshold)

Leaders make decisions based on the information provided to them.

Documents show that attorneys in the governor's office failed to inform Bush that DNA evidence might exonerate Jones. Bush, a proponent of DNA testing in death penalty cases, had previously halted another execution so that key DNA evidence could be examined. Without knowing that Jones wanted DNA testing, Bush let the execution go forward.

The article also states that the finding 10 years later did not exonerate the felon.

No but almost the sole dam... (Below threshold)
Steve Crickmore:

No but almost the sole damaging evidence was conclusively disproven as a result of theis DNA test. Hoddoz, Bush 's personal attorney was Gonzales and he appears to have been negligent, no surprise since he became an incompntent Attorney-General. As you know Bush wants simple facts clear evidence. He sees things in black and white. He doesn't wanted to be troubled by grey areas. In this case it cost I dare say an 'innocen't man's live. His attorneys didn't want to complicate Bush's life, (they may have been under instructions) but reality is complex, if you are valuing yourself as a decision -maker, par excellence.






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