Forgive us, Lord, for we are about to defend Howard Dean. Sort of.

by editor on December 2, 2010

Howard Dean is catching all sorts of flack for saying that the government should be responsible for sanctioning guests on Fox and MSNBC. This clip has been on every conservative blog in the universe.

The thing is, we don’t think that’s what he said. Here’s the quote:

“I would bring back the Fairness Doctrine so you couldn’t have a spectacle of a Fox Flooze, which just makes stuff up and is a propaganda outlet. You would actually have to have some sanctioned human beings talking to the other side. And MSNBC would have to do the same. They would have to have some conservatives on there too. I think that’s much better for the country.”

Listen again. In fact, listen a few times. We’re convinced that he said “sentient,” not “sanctioned.”

In other words, he was calling Fox news people stupid and unthinking, but not saying that the government should be in charge of approving and selecting guests. What we’re heard also seems far more in context with the rest of his quote than what everyone else seems to be hearing.

If we’re correct, Dean was saying, “You would actually have to have some intelligent human beings talking to the other side instead of those morons at Fox.”

So it’s still not like Dean was handing out compliments, but he wasn’t calling for government intervention.

Agree or disagree?


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Not to be a nitpicker, but it’s not Flack. It’s Flak >_>
Short for Fliegerabwehrkanone.

ack-ack is also acceptable. *bows*

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I disagree. That Howard Dean actually said “sentient” rather than “sanctioned” is not important. What is important thing is he wants to re-introduce the Fairness Doctrine. In the past few days many Democrats are talking about “Net Neutrality” and the “Fairness Doctrine”.

I think it’s apparent that, having lost the recent elections, the Democrats are determined to control the political dialogue in the future.

Get ready for a fight.


It could be sanctioned or sentient.. we will know if he decides to correct himself or say something… however either way he doesnt get off the hook because he still wants government intervention in the form of the so called “Fairness Doctrine”


I listened over and over and over and over, yet, I’m still hearing his primal Iowa “Yeeaaaaaaaaaaaaarrrrrrrgggggghhhhhh!”



No matter what Dean actually said in his illustrative comment, he is clearly in favor of “The Fairness Doctrine”, which is government intervention in broadcast speech, based on the faulty presumption that the feds “own” the airwaves.


B I N G O ! ! !BTW, when you hear this asshat play class warfare politics in his next tv/radio interview, remember where the fact that he is a Dean. Ever heard of Dean-Witter? His family is from the Dean part of that. He wealthy without ever working for it, like the Rockefeller’s, the Gore’s, the Kennedy’s, & the Bush’s, just another part of the blue-blood
“ruling class” in America.


In other news, the alien life NASA discovered was living in Howard’s head. It found plenty of room, but it’ll be leaving soon — a hostile environment and all that.