Was Joe Wilson's outburst planned?

wilson and bushAlthough Congressman Joe Wilson apologized, he then went on multiple talkshows and really rescinded his apology. He meant what he said. So, did he actually plan this outburst? Mark Karlin, from Buzz flash.com, has a few thoughts:

Despite his impassioned and compassionate speech of Wednesday night, Barack Obama needs to understand that Joe Wilson is the disease for which democracy does not have insurance to cure.

Let me start with this fairly assured speculation: Wilson’s outburst was designed by the GOP corporate PR fronts to distract media coverage following Obama’s cogent and compelling remarks to Congress.

In the summer of our healthcare reform discontent, Wilson’s unprecedented assault on the dignity of the American presidency was part of a long-line of PR stunts to create chaos out of the effort to insure the health of most Americans: the Teabaggers, the Birthers, the Town Hall Mobs, the anti-President “Know Nothing” Parents pulling their kids from school the day before Obama’s speech, and then the shocking outburst of Joe Wilson, which he apparently shouted twice.

Never mind that Strom Thurmond’s ex-aide was actually the liar, the evolution of politics into spectacle allowed the likely planned inflammatory outburst to dominate at least the following three news cycles, instead of the substance and soaring appeal of President Obama to pass legislation to benefit the national community.

Wilson is the prototypical Neo-Confederate, Glenn Beck, racist, psychotic Republican.  He supports waving the Confederate flag. He makes Jefferson Davis, the President of the Confederacy, look like a moderate, and is known for making slanderous statements about the “patriotism” of others and upholding the racist legacy of Strom Thurmond, his mentor.

So Wilson was the perfect guy to distract the media by committing the unprecedented act of disrupting a Presidential speech by calling the President of the United States a liar.  In the Bush Administration, if a Democrat had done that he would have been expelled from Congress.  But Wilson just issued a non-apology apology and then went on television the next day to repeat the lie about the healthcare reform bill, and the media let him get away with prevaricating about his accusation.

The Republicans are brilliant at manipulating the lapdog, sensational, spectacle oriented media, and they did it again.

Mission accomplished.

That was no spontaneous outburst. Joe Wilson was likely told what to do and when to do it.

This was part of a summer of planned set-ups by corporate and GOP front PR firms.

Unfortunately, after 30 years of the GOP leading the corporate media around by a leash, the Obama White House has joined a long list of clueless Democratic leaders.

The media is the message, and Joe Wilson’s handlers used him just right to turn the President’s speech coverage into a circus.

Until the Democrats start understanding the importance of theater, emotion, and corporate ownership of the media, they are sailing upwind even though the majority of Americans are on their side on almost all progressive issues.

Until the Democrats have a media strategy and ownership epiphany, Joe Wilson is the disease for which democracy does not have insurance to cure.


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  1. That was well written, could have been written by President Obama’ campaign office.   Democrats did this type thing to President Bush, so “that which you sow, you shall reap.”  That also goes for all the slams against President Bush; he could do nothing  without the Democrats loudly condeming it and stirring up the campaign to use name calling and ridicule.

    I do not thing the GOP planned this.  I do not thing they would have the nerve to do this on purpose.  I think this was God’s law of “Do unto others as you would have done unto you.” being fulfilled.

    Democrat could end a lot of this suspicion about President Obama by getting him to show his identity records from school and his passport to pove he was not an Indonesian citizen in school on a student visa, making him ineligible to be president.   You do believe he is eligible, don’t you?

  2. Isn’t Joe Wilson an hoot and a half? It truly is an amusing thing to behold. The extreme right wing is having a collective, massive nervous breakdown. They just can’t come to terms with the nasty little fact that a black guy is the most powerful human being on the planet. It really is kind of funny – to a point.

    Here’s what’s happening, boys and girls: The so-called “party of Lincoln” has been forever exposed as ideologically bankrupt and they are in the process of implementing their “scorched earth policy”. In other words, if they have to go down (and down they are going) they’re absolutely determined to bring the rest of the country down with them. That is what is happening – COUNT ON IT.

    If you thought that the loony right wing had lost all the marbles they could possibly lose, oh brother! As Al Jolson used to say, “You ain’t seen nothin’ yet”. Here’s the part that’s not so funny: There is violence down the road. Count on it.

    Sound paranoid? Stay tuned.


    Tom Degan
    Goshen, NY

  3. I think the Birthers are racists and are mad that we have a black president.  Anybody who doesn’t think that Hillary would have outed that fact when the race was so enraged.
    After listening to Mr Wilson now defend his stand He accuses this one bill (which everyone knows IS NOT A DONE BILL. There are 6 other bills floating around.) of giving healthcare to the illegals. Well we do give them emergency care. There might be a few who could possibly get past the system just like they do to find work. But most are not going to try because they know they would be turned over to Immigration and kicked out.  So he can yell and get money kicked in probably from NRA members. But I think it is awesome that people are kicking in for his opponent.

    He is up for election and realized can milk this for all its worth. The townhall rightwing people will defend his lies everywhere he goes to make sure he doesn’t have to prove he is incorrect.

  4. I think you are absolutely right.  I thought the same thing as soon as he said it.  I was thinking what a sad shame it was that the news the following day would be dominated by this “outburst” and the brilliant speech Obama gave would be lost in the “gutter of media sensationalism”!  I think the health care issue will one day be looked back on like civil rights.  Of course, as we all know, there are those that still today (Joe Wilson perhaps?) don’t think we should have passed civil rights!  But one day, our grandchildren (or maybe great-great grandchildren) will say “HOW could people have been opposed to this – I just don’t understand how people could justify this”….the same things my children say when they learn about segregation and about those brave heroic children who walked into white schools to jeers and spitting and who knows what else they endured!  God bless them.  Sadly, the ignorant (or plain self-centered arrogant) people who believe that health care for all is not a basic human right will one day be ashamed to have been on the wrong side of history.  

  5. The “eligibility” thing……good god, give it a rest! Do you think the man has super human powers?  When he was running for President, don’t you think the Republican party and all their rich, powerful corporate sponsors would have uncovered every possible stone to find any way to prove him ineligible for the Presidency?  It doesn’t exist!  If you want to talk about ineligibility, think about this scenario for a moment: 

    Imagine that Hillary Clinton was running for President and Bill Clinton, missing political life, is now governor of New York. She is running against John McCain.  McCain is announced the winner after the state of New York is called for him.  A few hours later, MSNBC reverses the call and claims that there was an error and, guess what…the state of New York (Governor just happens to be Bill Clinton) is now being called for Hillary.  The decision to go on the air with this information is made by Hillary’s cousin, working for MSNBC.  Can you even imagine what would have happened had this been Hillary and Bill Clinton instead of George/Jeb Bush?!?  Judging from the tea parties and town halls we’ve seen, it would have been the second Civil War! Just a little food for thought about “ineligible” presidents!

  6. Of course it was planned!!! Look at the faces of the men surrounding him. Had his outburst been spontaneous as he said wouldn’t they have shown at least a little surprise? The creation of a two word slogan the republican neanderthal base could easily remember and repeat!!!

  7. So your pretend god is in to retribution?  Sounds like your god acts like a little child – kinda like a republican.

    Aren’t you embarrased to have imaginary friend?

  8. Liberals need to pay a lot more attention to media ownership.

    BTW: This new commenting system is a pain in the rear end.

  9. you know what’s really sad? that this is so perfectly cynical and par for the course that either way it is a win-win for dumb and dumber. yikes!

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Errington C. Thompson, MD

Dr. Thompson is a surgeon, scholar, full-time sports fan and part-time political activist. He is active in a number of community projects and initiatives. Through medicine, he strives to improve the physical health of all he treats.


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