Sunday, October 30, 2005

FOX News' Brit Hume: Stand-up Guy!

(from Atrios)
Here's the transcript of Juan Williams talking about the Libby indictment on FOX News this morning, followed by Brit Hume (FOX News head anchorman)'s amazingly insightful and dignified response. To preface, Williams is African-American:
JUAN WILLIAMS: You can try to minimize it, but the fact that you have Scooter Libby, so involved in justifying going to war, and in the posture of trying to smear a critic of that justification. I think is pretty revealing and pretty damaging to the Bush White House. I think they’re going to have to rebuild a sense of trust with the American People. And that’s why when Brit asked this question, why did he have to lie, he felt the need to lie if he did lie, but by all indications he’s going to say I didn’t remember it quite the way this person remembered and all the like. That’s not very strong in my book, and I think Fitzgerald did a terrific job on Friday. But the reason he felt the need was to make it clear that he was not involved in what really was a conspiracy to defame Joe Wilson.

BRIT HUME: Juan, somebody needs to hose you down.

Anyone out there unsure of exactly what the connotation was in Hume's little witticism, why he had to use that particular metaphor? I'll give you a hint:

(Birmingham 1963, from Cornell University Library)

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