The Radio Equalizer: Brian Maloney

07 December 2010

Arianna Huffington Defends Julian Assange


Does Arianna Believe Obama Is The REAL Threat?

To the point where her most recent syndicated radio program accidentally became interesting, Huffington Post Empress Arianna Huffington has emerged as one of the strongest defenders of Julian Assange. When Both Sides Now co-host Mary Matalin called Assange a "terrorist", Arianna threw a fit.

To those that might still be ambivalent about Assange, consider his direct aid to terrorists via this leak of 300 sites "key to US security".

Arianna might have had a chance of scoring a few points here and there, but instead chose to jump the shark by accusing our government (Obama?!?!?!) of playing the real terrorism role, thanks to our presence in Afghanistan:

MARY MATALIN (6:37): [Assange is] a psychopath, a sociopath. He is a terrorist.

ARIANNA HUFFINGTON: To call him a terrorist is really to again, to completely sort of underestimate what 'terrorist' means. I find it so objectionable when we throw these words around, when we call people terrorists who have not done anything that would conventionally be seen as a terrorist act.

MATALIN: You don't think that putting innocent lives, not to mention the lives of our soldiers, in jeopardy is an act of terrorism?

HUFFINGTON: I think that our government is putting the lives of our soldiers in jeopardy in Afghanistan for no clear national-security reason. Don't they have any responsibility for sending our soldiers to war to protect and prop up a corrupt regime without any national security...

MATALIN: I get your passion about this--

HUFFINGTON: I don't really care if you get my passion. I want you to get my truth. Because I find it so upsetting when we're equating acts of terrorism with the release of information that is actually exposing a disastrous American foreign policy.

Though Huffington would like to be viewed as mainstream and even independent, this kind of extreme viewpoint places her much more comfortably in a Eugene or Madison coffee house than the center of American politics.


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