Saturday, August 26, 2006

Misquoting Lincoln

I get e-mail from Factcheck.org and today they sent me the following: Misquoting Lincoln: Bush supporters falsely quote Lincoln as advocating arresting, exiling, or hanging members of Congress who damage military morale during wartime.

What shocked me was that the false quote..."has become a favorite of those who like to accuse critics of Bush's war policy of disloyalty or treason." FactCheck's "Internet search brought up more than 18,000 references to it." Eighteen thousand references!! Let me give you the origins of the false quote:

"Congressmen who willfully take action during wartime that damage morale and undermine the military saboteurs, and should be arrested, exiled or hanged," that's what President Abraham Lincoln said during the War Between the States.
-J. Michael Waller, "Democrats Usher in An Age of Treason." Insight magazine, 23 Dec. 2003.

The article goes on to say that J. Michael Waller thanked FactCheck for giving him an opportunity to correct his misquote. But it goes to show how hard it is to change or correct something that's already in print.

I have been told that Senators (like Teddy Kennedy) that say negative things about Bush's war undermines that morale of soldiers that are fighting for us in Iraq. I hope that's not so. I hope those soldiers are smart enough to know that there are people who object, and have objected, to the war from the beginning. And who object to good, young men dying for a cause that is certainly questionable.

If you want to read the whole article it's on the FactCheck.org web site.

16 comments:

chancuff said...

I can't say a enough good things about what Brooks Jackson did my original "TRUTH FROM AN HONEST MAN" pamphlet.

Cliff Hancuff
The World of Journalism Is Flat, Too

chancuff said...

Here's some background.

http://community.cnhi.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/4871074/m/664107374

Cliff Hancuff
The World of Journalism Is Flat, Too

the teach said...

Cliff, I rejected your last 2 posts because I can't tell where you're coming from. And I didn't think they were funny... i can't stand people who accuse me of treason when I talk against Bushy's war. And my nephew was over there fighting in Iraq for the last 6 months. Thank god he's home. the teach

chancuff said...

I have no clue what posts you are referring to with, "I rejected your last 2 posts".

Perhaps this will clarify:

My great, great grandfather, after whom I am named in honor of, served in Lincoln’s Union Army. He made the supreme sacrifice for our country on March 23, 1862 serving Stonewall Jackson he only defeat in the Civil war.

Lincoln was, to borrow a title, “A Uniter”

When some goofball Republican operative abuses the reputation of our greatest Republican president, in a Moonie publication no less, for today’s Republican Party’s political gain … it troubles me.

Can guess who brought this Moonie Lincoln quote to life just a few short weeks after Waller invented it?

(Hint: Swift Boat Veterans for Truth)

Cliff Hancuff
The World of Journalism Is Flat, Too

chancuff said...

opps, I guess you'd have NO idea what my last fews posts were about, unless you knew about this:

http://factcheck.org/article415.html

I thought I included this link before.

I'm sorry for the confusion.

Cliff Hancuff
The World of Journalism Is Flat, Too

the teach said...

First of all Cliff, why don't you let me see your blog, give me the link.
Okay I see where you're coming from and how the misuse of Lincoln's quote bugs you. Are you suggesting, when you say Swift Boat Veterans, that Kerry "rought the quote to light"? the teach

chancuff said...

"First of all Cliff, why don't you let me see your blog, give me the link."

I did. See my post above that begins with; "Here's some background."

Sorry again for the confusion.

Cliff Hancuff
The World of Journalism Is Flat, Too

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the teach said...

Cliff, I read all or most of your posts...All I can say is that you are one patriotic guy! I admire your enthusiasm! Am I right that you only started posting Aug. 16 with this "misquoting Lincoln" subject? I love that they wanted you to stop writing to Ms. Irey, hah! Keep up the good work! the teach

chancuff said...

"Am I right that you only started posting Aug. 16 with this "misquoting Lincoln" subject?"

ummmm ... no. I wrote Diana Irey and her entire campaign managment team about this fake Lincoln quote on August 4th. 21 days later Irey apologized here:

http://irey.com/news/contentview.asp?c=35681

I never suggested anyone ever stop writing Ms. Irey. On the contrary. I think everyone should write asking her to explain how she turned 21 days into:

"I would hope that my example today -- in acknowledging, apologizing for, and correcting an error of fact within just a few hours of having the error brought to my attention -- would serve as an example to all our political leaders."


Follow the fun watching a goofball “Freeper” retired Air Force Colonel crash&burn.

http://community.cnhi.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/38410611/m/589102094


Cliff Hancuff
The World of Journalism Is Flat, Too

chancuff said...

LARRY BAILEY (BOOTMURTHA.COM) OCTOBER 1ST RALLY IN JOHNSTOWN, PA.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Cliff Hancuff
September 29, 2006 Journalismisflat@aol.com



"American troops could be home now, except for critical mistakes by our current Commander in Chief," charges Cliff Hancuff, Director of The World of Journalism Is Flat, Too.

"Media and right-wing bloggers are ignoring this fact. For weeks I have been challenging political activists and journalists to act with a minimum of ethical standards," continued Hancuff.

"I became involved when the Sun-Sentinel in Florida reported that Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.) said the U.S. poses the top threat to world peace. I watched in dismay as the media and bloggers worldwide reported on this misquote."

"My involvement continued when I discovered Diana Irey, John Murtha's political opponent, had attacked Murtha using a fictional quote attributed to Abraham Lincoln."

"Larry Bailey of bootmurtha.com is continuing his three year blind support of our current Commander in Chief's incompetence in war. President Bush declared war in Iraq without the 4th Infantry, our most lethal, modern, and deployable heavy division in the world," added Hancuff.

This mistake lead to the atrocity of Al Qaqaa. Iraqi insurgents stole hundreds of tons of high explosives to be used as weaponry.

"These are the explosives being used by Iraqi insurgents and al Qaeda to perpetuate the war in Iraq."

"I am distressed that the same issues ignored by Swift Boat Veterans for Truth in 2004 are being ignored again in 2006," said Hancuff adding, "Americans, American soldiers and their families deserve better."

"Without these critical mistakes made by our current Commander in Chief, our American troops would be home with their loved ones, with honor, right now."

On October 1, 2006 Hancuff be at the Cambria County War Memorial Arena located in Johnstown Pennsylvania for Larry Bailey's Swiftboating of John Murtha rally. It is there Hancuff will continue his wait for Mr. Bailey to recall the values of honor and integrity taught him by our US Navy.

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