Jim Lehrer Drops the Ball, Kyl Corrects

March 25, 2010 at 14:41 (Media, Politics, Video)

I always kind of liked Jim Lehrer. He may very well be a raging lefty, but he keeps it to himself. So this slipup is either an accidental venting of his true feelings, which are a possibility, or he really believes that. If he believes it, given that it is patently false, then I submit he believes it because he has been told over and over, in the news, newspapers, TV, radio, and print that it IS true. Maybe Lehrer needs to spend more time with the folks, and less time with the spin doctors.

PBS’s Jim Lehrer on Tuesday wrongly accused Republicans of always being against major social legislation in this country including the Civil Rights Act, Social Security, and Medicare.

“[T]hrough history, recent history in particular, Republicans have opposed things like Social Security, Medicare, even civil rights legislation, but then, once they lost, they took some deep breaths and moved on, and then finally ended up embracing many of these major changes in — in laws and in the way we do business here,” the News Hour host amazingly said to his guest Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.).

Of course, nothing could be further from the truth, and Kyl quickly corrected Lehrer (video embedded below the fold with partial transcript and commentary, relevant section at 4:40, h/t Cubachi):

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