Campaign 2010

May 24, 2004

Wa Po vs. Wa Po on Bikegate

A reader asked Howie Kurtz in his online discussion about the fact that Bush’s bike fall was attributed by a spokesman to rainy conditions, while online weather sites say it hadn’t rained in a week, a question he dismissed thusly: “Ah, so now we have Bikegate? I don’t know that any investigative reporters have looked into the climate conditions that preceded the president’s spill.”  But later another peeved reader revisted:

Dryden, N.Y.: Re: “Bikegate.” The point of this story is that the White House is appearing to lie even on the most stupidest issues. We all have fallen off bikes. What is the point in twisting the truth on such a trivial issue. It’s the character stupid.

Howard Kurtz:I’m not prepared to call it a lie at this point. Spinning? Yes. All administrations spin pretty much nonstop.

He should talk more with his Post colleague, Dan Froomkin:

Spokesman Trent Duffy seemed to blame the accident on muddy conditions. “It’s been raining a lot and the topsoil is loose,” he said.

 

But Daily Kos blogger Markos ZĂșniga did a little Web-crawling and found that it hadn’t rained in a week in Crawford. Here are the stats, from wunderground.com.

To revisit: “I’m not prepared to call it a lie at this point. Spinning? Yes. All administrations spin pretty much nonstop.” 

That kind of rationalization has to stop.  Nonsense.


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