The next time Larry Johnson appears on a cable news show to discuss the CIA or Valerie Plame or what a disaster the war in Iraq is, I hope that someone will let viewers know just who it is they are getting their analysis from. Actually the quotes posted by Sweetness & Light should make him ineligible to appear as an analyst on any subject. He is unhinged. I am not going out on a limb with that description. Just follow the links. Here is the worst (in my opinion) of his comments about Karl Rove (but by all means, follow the links and read them in context);
Karl is a shameless bastard. Small wonder his mother killed herself. Once she discovered what a despicable soul she had spawned she apparently saw no other way out.
He also commented at Democratic Underground about Jason Leopold:
Democratic Underground – Larry Johnson “Leopold Had Multiple Sources”
Sun May-14-06 02:17 AM
It is not just Jason Leopold. Joe Wilson heard the same from other sources. And, more importantly, Jason is reporting based on multiple, more than two, sources. His editors realized what a big story this is and did the appropriate checking before posting.
That Johnson gets his truth from Joe Wilson and Jason Leopold just about says it all. Link via Lucianne’s blogtruth.
Update: There is a lot of reaction to the comment about Rove’s mother at Democratic Underground (link courtesy of LibraryLady).
Update II: Jeff Goldstein reports that Johnson has altered his original post. Goldstein expands on the point I made above about Johnson serving as a cable news analyst.
This, my friends, is the conjoining of conspiracy-minded paleocons with the face of the modern deranged leftwing of the Democratic party–where a former intelligence officer writes publicly that a Republican strategist’s inveterate evil was responsible for his own mother’s suicide, and where even the spokesperson for the last presidential candidate is unhinged enough to suggest, on the record, that Karl Rove should be concerned about getting cornholed in prison.
And yet these people–thanks mostly to their enablers in the press–are often trotted out as serious critics of the administration, and seldom shown for the vile and vicious anti-intellectual thugs that they are. Whether it’s Howard Dean calling Republicans evil and saying he “hates” them; or John Murtha convicting soldiers of murder in advance of a full investigation; or a low-rent castoffs like Johnson, who the MSM routinely turns to when they need a good anti-war intelligence source, mustering up the guts to say that Karl Rove is responsible for his own mother’s suicide–the bile is there for all to sample, if only the MSM weren’t so good at controlling the information flow.
But the question is, how long will the legacy media be able to keep a lid on this stuff now that the information superhighway has so many toll free lanes? They’ve shown time and again that they’re willing to insulate their ideological fellow travelers. Can we count on the American electorate to overcome what one media professional once suggested was good for 5-15% points in the polls?