Time, Mired in Slime, Smears Conservatives

By Brian Kearsey

Just before the Obama/McCain Presidential race, TIME published a piece on America’s Worst Vice Presidents. While the fact that the only three modern picks all happen to be republican may be coincidence, the ugly tone of the blurbs seems to indicate a bias against conservatives.

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Dan Quayle pondering potato(e)s

Not content with the gutter, Time fished in the sewer to drag up Alex Altman, who called Dick Cheney a “bellicose veep” and said he “delighted his detractors by accidentally shooting a hunting partner in the face.” A belly laugh at a spelling error is merely pathetic; what type of human animal takes delight when someone gets shot in the face? How desensitized does a writer have to be not to realize how horrific it is to bathe in delight over such an unmitigated tragedy?  What editor allows such sewage to be printed?

Time was not done smearing itself with literary feces. What Tiffany Sharples lacked in shock value was offset by her volume and consistency in missing the mark of truth and objectivity. Her ineffective vitriol delivers a deceptive depiction of Nixon’s very effective “Checkers Speech and falsely claimed that his “kitchen debate” with Khrushchev was “foul-mouthed.” (Time soon corrected that.) She mis-assigned blame for the “scandal” on Nixon, rather than the liberal media who manufactured and hyped it to get him kicked off the ticket as VP, and then she repeated the original lie that Nixon was maintaining an illegal slush fund stocked by wealthy businessmen.” Could Tiff really not know that this lie was quickly disproven at the time, in 1952? The fund was completely legal, as Nixon details in the speech. (As you watch it, bear in mind that Nixon’s other sins do not affect his innocence in this matter.)

Nixon's campaign prize - Checkers

Nixon’s  Campaign Prize – Checkers

Building on her weak start, Tiff attempted to give a mocking slant to his self-defense speech to the nation, writing that he “growled” one of his most effective lines (that his family was going to keep Checkers, the pet dog they received). Hoping to make some of the fertilizer stick, she finished by criticizing his “two infamous trips abroad,” one in which “people spat on his cavalcade” and the other the “controversial and heated ‘kitchen debate’ in Moscow with Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev.”

Tiffany obviously didn’t know the actual facts about the speech itself, much less the results. When falsely accused in the media, Nixon set up a nationally aired speech to tell his side and leave the decision about whether or not to resign up to the public; millions of supportive telegrams and phone calls poured in, prompting Time Magazine, the very publication publishing Tiff’s drivel, to report that “Checkers proved to be Nixon’s best friend indeed. The speech was a hit, Nixon remained the Republican vice presidential candidate, and he and Dwight Eisenhower won the election.”

As if that’s not embarrassing enough for Tiff, Time also covered the Kitchen Debate in which Nixon had sparred with Khrushchev over the difference between communism and freedom. In “Better to See Once” (August 3, 1959), Time gushed that Nixon managed in a unique way to personify a national character proud of peaceful accomplishment, sure of its way of life, confident of its power under threat.” (You can read the transcript of the discussion yourself to see if you find the “heat” or controversy I missed.)

Let’s finish by exploring Tiff’s statement that “people spat on” Nixon’s car in Venezuela. As you look at the photo below, try to imagine how the Vice President of the United States of America and his wife, who was next to him, felt when inside this car when their motorcade was blocked for 12 minutes and “people spat” on it:

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Attacks during Vice President Nixon’s 1958 Tour of Latin America

 As History.com makes clear here and here, nuclear loogies were decidedly NOT the problem that life-threatening day – the ugly mob pelted America’s Vice President and his wife with rocks, kicking and nearly overturning their car before the motorcade miraculously broke through and they escaped. You can get a sense of the mayhem in this short news clip (under 1.5 min).

I have many criticisms of our foreign policy since WWII, but in her callous disregard for the very lives of an American Vice President and his wife as they were savagely attacked by a communist mob in a foreign nation, Tiff descended into Jane Fonda and Billy Ayers territory!

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Brian Kearsey is a seasoned educator and founder of Crossroads, a private school. Kearsey, a former resident of Simi Valley California,  now resides in Kent New York with his family. 

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As History.com makes clear here and here, nuclear loogies were decidedly NOT the problem that life-threatening day – the ugly mob pelted America’s Vice President and his wife with rocks, kicking and nearly overturning their car before the motorcade miraculously broke through and they escaped. You can get a sense of the mayhem in this short news clip (under 1.5 min).

I have many criticisms of our foreign policy since WWII, but in her callous disregard for the very lives of an American Vice President and his wife as they were savagely attacked by a communist mob in a foreign nation, Tiff descended into Jane Fonda and Billy Ayers territory!

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