Thursday, June 21, 2007

Newt Speaks: Rewriting History in the Name of Fear

Remember our old pal Newt Gingrich, one-time conservative superstar and admitted adulterer?

Although he's been out of Congress for years, Gingrich hasn't gone away. Oh no. Just the other day, Gingrich turned up in an ad slamming the Administration-supported comprehensive immigration bill, which Gingrich says will help terrorists in the U.S.

Unfortunately for Newt, he gets his facts wrong.

In the ad, Newt says “Mohamed Atta, and several other 9/11 hijackers were in the United States illegally.”

Wrong! As the September 11 Commission reported, Atta and the other hijackers came to this country legally.

But why let a little thing like the truth interfere with a perfectly good argument, especially when you are peddling fear?

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