Right Wing Reaction to Raddatz-Perry Interview as Outrageous as Perry Himself

Raddatz_PerrySometimes, truth is stranger than fiction. The Lewis Carroll’s Alice had to fall down a rabbit hole to begin her adventures in Wonderland, quite a trick in itself. The origin of our own misfortunes is far more mundane. We have only to turn on our TVs or sign onto the Internet, and we find ourselves in an endless feedback loop of the bizarro that won’t go away.

Glenn Beck’s TheBlaze.com lauds Texas Governor Rick Perry’s righteous battle against Martha Raddatz, co-host of ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopoulos,” as Perry “doubled down” on some pretty out-there conspiracy theories and she called him on it.

What you won’t find on The Blaze is how Martha Raddatz dealt with the governor’s refusal to back down: she abruptly cut him off mid-sentence and ended the interview.

To The Blaze, Perry is a conservative hero taking on impossible odds and triumphing. The truth is, Raddatz clearly thought he was a whackadoodle and had transcended the bounds of propriety.

Watch the interview if you haven’t seen it already:

The Blaze does admit that Rick Perry “had his hands full” Sunday but their headline, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, TV Host Battle Over Illegal Immigration: ‘They Either Are Inept or Don’t Care’ is misleading to say the least. The Raw Story did much better with their ABC cuts off Rick Perry’s conspiracy rant about Obama, immigrants, drones, and hurricanes. ThinkProgress correctly pointed out that Raddatz “schooled” Perry. And as you know, our own headline was a hyper accurate, ABC News Cuts Off Rick Perry In The Middle Of An Insane Obama Conspiracy Rant.

If you don’t have the stomach early in the morning for Rick Perry, and missed Jason Easley’s coverage of the event yesterday, this is, briefly, how it went:

Raddatz asked Perry about the law and Perry instantly hid behind the Constitution he otherwise cares nothing about and said that the Constitution demands the nation’s borders be protected. Raddatz stops Perry mid-rant here and says,

“But governor, please, go back to the law, the 2008 law that was signed into law by George Bush.” She asks Perry if the problem isn’t in fact a backlog in the courts. “Doesn’t that have to be addressed first?”

“What has to be addressed,” intoned Perry, “is the security of the border.” This is coming from a guy, mind you, who has already expressed support for an invasion of Mexico.

Yes, because no Republican wants to talk about George W. Bush.

“You know that, I know that, the President of the United States knows that. I don’t believe he particularly cares whether the border of the United States is secure. And that’s the reason there’s been this lack of effort, this lack of focus, this lack of resources…”

Here Raddatz cuts him off again, and not for the last time, and tries to steer him back to our fact-based reality, but Perry is having none of that. What Tea Bagger would vote for him if he appealed to facts?

This is the point at which Raddatz addresses Perry’s allegations on Fox News on June 17:

We either have an incredibly inept administration, or they’re in on this somehow or another. I mean I hate to be conspiratorial, but I mean how do you move that many people from Central America across Mexico and then into the United States without there being a fairly coordinated effort?

Yes, one can see at once how much he hates to be conspiratorial, since that is the first thing he suggests.

Martha Raddatz asked him point-blank, giving him an opportunity clarify his remarks, in other words, to remove his tinfoil hat (The Blaze called this “chiding Perry’s remarks”),

“Governor, do you really believe there’s some sort of conspiracy to get people into the United States by the federal government, by the Obama administration?”

When I have written a letter that is dated May of 2012, and I have yet to have a response from this administration, I will tell you they either are inept or don’t care, and that is my position. We have been bringing to the attention of President Obama and his administration since 2010, he received a letter from me on the tarmac… I have to believe that when you do not respond in any way, that you are either inept, or you have some ulterior motive of which you are functioning from.

Perry said he wants “boots on the ground” and drones.

Unless we secure our southern border, this is going to continue to be a massive amount of individuals that are coming to the United States. And, frankly, we don’t have a place to house them as it is. And if we have a major event, a hurricane that comes in to the Gulf Coast, I don’t have a place to be housing people who are displaced because this administration…

At that point, Raddatz interrupted Perry and ended the interview.

“Okay, Governor, I’m going to have to stop you there. But thank you very much for joining us.”

The Perry interview says quite a bit about how Republicans deal with reality: they don’t. And the right wing reaction to the interview reinforces his view that reality is somehow subservient to conservative desires to paint reality red:

Twitchy media condemned Raddatz, who they called a “partisan hack” for her “dishonest” interview with Perry. For Newsbusters (talk about partisan hacks), reality parsed itself in this way: ABC’s Raddatz Peddles Obama Talking Points On Border Crisis During Interview With Rick Perry. NewsAlert called Raddatz a “Lib Crank” for daring to bring up actual facts.

Newsmax.com probably showed the greatest discernment in an obviously lost cause, by pretending the Perry didn’t talk crazy, the confrontation with Raddatz never took place, and focusing instead on the call for “boots on the ground” and drones. None of which, it must be said, serves the cause of our fact-based reality.

In right wing circles, crazy is mainstream. Reality – the world of facts – has been replaced by what Republicans want it to be – worse, NEED it to be in order to further their agenda. Failing that, it is something – as Newsmax proved – to be ignored.

And if you didn’t understand this before, you will now, that this is why conservatives call the media “liberally biased.” To the extent that any in the media rely on facts rather than blindly repeating conservative talking points, they are liberally biased because reality itself, as Stephen Colbert famously said, is itself liberally biased.

Rick Perry, as he so often does, made a fool of himself on national television. Right Wing media compounded his error by decrying the world of facts in favor of a distorted world of wishes that would have made Alice recoil in horror.

35 Replies to “Right Wing Reaction to Raddatz-Perry Interview as Outrageous as Perry Himself”

  1. The GOP should keep Perry in the clown car and off the air waves. He said our border isn’t secure. I would say it must be pretty secure, we’re catching everyone coming across the border.

  2. Sovereign Nations have both a right and an obligation to secure their borders. This applies both to Illegal Immigration and to protect against Criminals and potential Terrorists. I understand that.

    What I don’t understand is , in light of a person entering Mexico (a Sovereign Nation, after all) carrying a small Arsenal with him; how is it that Mexico isn’t permitted to detain that person and charge him with the same offense that we would charge a Mexican National with if the shoe were on the other foot?

    Another example of Right Wing Schizophrenia.


  3. Of course Republicans don’t acknowledge that under President Obama there have been record numbers of deportations.

    Republican politicians would never be able to win if they had to run on reality.

  4. Perry made the same mistake PayMe did, thinking glasses would make them look smart!! As soon as they open their mouths, that notion is destroyed. The repubs. are a dying breed, now they are selling tee shirts with W’s photo on saying “I Miss W” Yes, he was so easy for Cheney to manipulate, they need another politician with an I.Q. about room temp. to place into “their” WH AGAIN. Where IS W? Those self portraits make him look as though he is trying to wash the blood off, in the shower and the tub. Therapy for some reason?

  5. Sgt. Tahmoreesi told the Mexican border patrol officers he had the weapons, and that he missed his exit and would just like to turn around. Good job of misrepresenting the actual incident.

  6. Not one president has addressed the border. Not once in history. That tells me that the corporations want those people here,and they will continue to be here.

    Maybe THEY need to talk to Mr GoodHair before he really goes off the rails

  7. Nancy Rick Perry has to repeat his Koch fueled stalking points. He cannot answer questions properly because he can't remember the answers if he doesn't say them over and over as in the 2012 debates. "I can't remember the third agency. Oops!" says:

    Rick Perry has to repeat his Koch fueled talking points. He cannot answer questions properly because he can’t remember the answers if he doesn’t say them over and over as in the 2012 debates.

  8. Every time Perry opens his mouth on TV, he generates more Democratic votes, both from Democrats and independents who were planning to sit out the November election for one reason or another and from people who had been republicans who can actually think and read, and realize where we would be if this lunatic were president…

    Want Rick Perry in control of our nuclear arsenal? If not, Vote Blue.

  9. The bigger question is besides, “deport everyone” what is the Republican solution to the immigration challenge? You’ll notice no one is saying anything about giving citizenship to the best and the brightest. So far it just sounds like government workers trying to look busy.

  10. And if some Mexican dood had driven across our border with an arsenal in his trunk he would have been arrested too! That’s what you get for driving around with guns in your car!

  11. It happened to me one time. I intended to park on the US side of the border at Tijuana and walk into Mexico, and before I knew it, I was driving in Mexico. It’s an easy mistake to make.

  12. Still, the entry points are well marked where he was. And when you are carrying your guns around like a paranoid 6 year old, you have to be smarter then your steering wheel

  13. To be fair, Americans try the same thing at the US-Canada border too. Somehow, the big red & white flags, signs in Englush and French are just too hard to spot. Perhaps if the Perry clones actually put prescription lenses in the frames, things might improve.

  14. Why doesn’t anyone point out this has nothing to do with “border security” – these people aren’t sneaking through! !!!
    Also, it’s funny he posits theory that the administration is enabling this because when it first started being newsworthy MY first thought was that it’s a covert operation by some wing of the GOP!

  15. It was the one of the few times I thought the interviewer did a better than average job. No wonder they are howling. If every so-called journalist pressed these people, they would only be able to appear on Fox News to spread their lies and misleading remarks.

  16. The whole thing just cracks me up.

    Mr Perry wants Texas to secede from the US. Then he begs for help.

    I think he should be allowed to secede and see how much he could accomplish. He NEEDS government help. From border patrol to welfare to healthcare.

    How come the ones who yell the most about not wanting government intervention, are the ones who are begging for the government to help.

    Go away Mr “oops” and “I stepped in it” Rick Perry….you don’t know your ass from a hole in the ground.

  17. Obviously, Obama is conspiring to let immigrants into the country illegally. That is why “President Obama has the most border patrols and border security deployed at the border of any previous president.” “The Border Patrol has 20,000 agents – more than twice as many as there were in 2004.”
    “The flow of undocumented individuals into the United States remains near its lowest levels of the past 40 years.” (Since 1973) The number is now a quarter of the peak of 1.6 million, and 40% of the average during Bush’s presidency.
    He has done all of that because he is so incompetent at conspiring to let immigrants into the country illegally. That is right; he is conspiring and incompetent at conspiring. That makes perfect sense.

  18. I have what might be a dumb question. These people coming over the border, are they immigrants or refugees? I notice that most of the media refers to them as immigrants. From what I have read, these children are from Central and South America, where for whatever reason, the living conditions are very unstable. Does this not have a bearing on how they are dealt with here being refugees instead of immigrants?

  19. From the article:
    “His version of events, however, has become muddled because he initially claimed he had never been to Mexico but reporters later discovered he had registered earlier that day in a $24 a-night hotel in downtown Tijuana.”
    That’s right, he was in Mexico long enough to register in a hotel, he hadn’t just crossed the border. He must not have realized that the hotel he register at was in Mexico. He was just very very confused.

  20. Once you come over the border you are an immigrant. Legally I dont think that has a bearing on which term is used.

    However Cubans who come here are treated differently. If you make landfall they let you stay. If you are caught in the water they send you back

  21. Twice as many since 2004? Remember it was George W who signed the law to increase the numbers AFTER 2004. How is it Obama’s fault?

  22. Perry wants to be potus…and also for Texas to secede from the Union…Lil Ricky got some explaining to do

  23. This may be one of those rare cases where allowing Perry to fully air the conspiracy theory would be useful. It sounded like he was ready to segue into full-blown Alex Jones territory (as most Texan Teacons do). That aside, the unhinged right has steered the dialogue so far off course that even well-meaning liberals are often confused (myself included). The purpose of the detainment and “due process” is to determine refugee status primarily. And the “ideal” makes sense until the system is overwhelmed. There was a debate at one time over how to handle Iraqi refugees that may be relevant. It’s estimated that 60% of the detainees are likely eligible for asylum (which will blow the anti-immigrants’ minds). BTW- the detainment “law” does NOT apply to citizens of Mexico that are readily deported.

  24. Help me understand, Rick. Do you want armed soilders shooting folks crossing the Rio Grand? Closed borders means apprehending people at the border and processing them according to our laws. Change the law about non contiguous immigrants if there is a huge backlog or fund more immigration court personel. Think about it. The only way to ‘seal’ the border is to station our National Guard on Mexico’s side of the fence and that’s not going to happen. Our leaders are paralyzed. Each
    side should develop a comprehensive plan, put it in a basket and pick one. One side will be thrilled the other side and cleary blame all the problems on the other side.
    Clearly this is a win win.

  25. I say 1000 points to the makeup artist who dam near matched Perry’s face to his shirt!

  26. Perhaps if the Greens didnt spend every waking hour trying to torpedo the democrats instead of joining them to destroy the republicans we would

  27. What a clown this guy is he better count his lucky stars oil has been $100/barrel under his governorship. Were oil not so damn high the so called great Texas economic miracle would be obsolete. If oil drops under $90/barrel the Texas miracle turns in to the Texas panic because big oil is all that’s driving the Texas economy. Texas can afford low tax rates because oil revenue gives it room to keep taxes so low.

  28. For awhile I have been of the opinion that what is happening is a political dirty trick at the southern border. Now Perry gives me a state where it might have originated. Bush passes the law and all of a sudden there are tens of thousands of children crossing the border from the areas where the US can’t just send them back and it becomes a mess. The GOP then blames the sitting President for what is happening because he failed to militarize out borders. It is all to convenient that it is happening the summer of an election year. It looks more like a PR campaign in Central America.

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