Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Pat Pats Himself on the Back

I watch at least some of "Whose Line is it Anyway" almost every evening on ABC Family, and after it's over "The 700 Club" comes on. I always change the channel, but last night I decided to actually see what all the fuss was about with Pat Robertson.

I didn't actually watch the show, I was on the computer upstairs doing some very vital, important and grueling work but listened to the program out of one ear. They went through some various news items of the day, each with a noticeable (and unapologetic) Republican slant masquerading as a Christian slant.

Eventually, Pat (seemingly) brought the lights down a bit and talked frankly with his audience of 15,000,000 little old ladies and one Innkeeper. He spoke about the past week, how remarks he'd supposedly made on his little 'ol program had been misstated and fabricated by the - ahem - liberal media, and in fact he and Ariel Sharon are the best of buddies, and he has the utmost respect for him, and wishes him well and a speedy recovery, and let's go fishing next week and chase girls and all that. Then he read a transcript of the episode of the show that everyone had used to vilify him.

Here's the quote that circulated widely throughout the internet the other day:
"God considers this land to be his," Robertson said on his TV program "The 700 Club." "You read the Bible and he says `This is my land,' and for any prime minister of Israel who decides he is going to carve it up and give it away, God says, `No, this is mine.'" (link)
I didn't hear Pat mention that quote in his transcript read, so he categorically denied he'd ever meant or wished Sharon any harm.

So either the media made the quote up out of the cloth, or Robertson conveniently omitted that section from his non-meaculpa last night.

If he did omit it, then he's worse than I thought - either stand up for your statements and defend them, or admit you were harsh and apologize.

If he didn't actually say it, then the media is at fault, and we bloggers (and the public) were quick to pounce on a statement that had no real meat. An action a lot of people were very eager to condemn in West Virginia last week as well.

So yet another chapter in the sage. Meanwhile, Sharon is being taken off the sedatives.

And the 700 Club went on to do a program about how Billy Ray Cyrus had turned to gospel music.

Ain't the world fun?

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