Atrios explains, first by quoting what NBC’s Brian Williams said to open his broadcast about McGwire’s new (and entirely obvious) revelations:
Good evening. Because this is a family broadcast, we probably can’t say what we’d like to about the news today that Mark McGwire–the home run hitter, the family favorite from the St. Louis Cardinals–stopped lying today and admitted that he did it while on steroids.
Yeah, he’s so enraged at McGwire that he has to restrain himself from saying what he really wants to say, lest the children hear unkind words. Atrios responds:
What’s a worse crime than trumping up evidence to stage an illegal war that kills tens of thousands, if not more than a million, and costs $2 trillion and counting?
Why not immediately admitting the taking of steroids in baseball, that’s what!…
Lying is something that can be proclaimed only for what a “baseball player” like Mark McGwire ever did or said. Certainly it cannot be uttered against a mere President, like George Bush.
Not Dick Cheney, not George Bush, not anybody who got us into a war we didn’t need to get into at all because because — no matter what Sarah Palin still says — Saddam wasn’t associated with 9/11, but he was somebody to bomb for fun and profit. No they just acted in “good faith” and no “serious” person can ever proclaim them to be liars. That’s just impolite and is reserved only to those who engage in serious endeavors like sporting events.
Nails and heads.