In Defense of the Dixie Chicks

I don’t listen to country music so I’m not joining my fellow liberals in their rush to purchase Dixie Chick CDs simply because they criticized President Bush for his incredibly stupid decision to invade Iraq. I love jazz and would continue to purchase Wynton Marsalis CDs even if decided to support President Bush.

With that said Mark Krikorian displays the usual dishonesty we have come to expect from the National Review by cherry picking this portion of an interview:

“The entire country may disagree with me, but I don’t understand the necessity for patriotism,” Maines resumes, through gritted teeth. “Why do you have to be a patriot? About what? This land is our land? Why? You can like where you live and like your life, but as for loving the whole country… I don’t see why people care about patriotism.”

Would it have been too hard to note what the discussion was about:

The Chicks can’t hide their disgust at the lack of support they received from other country performers. “A lot of artists cashed in on being against what we said or what we stood for because that was promoting their career, which was a horrible thing to do,” says Robison. “A lot of pandering started going on, and you’d see soldiers and the American flag in every video. It became a sickening display of ultra-patriotism.”

Even serial liar Michelle Malkin bothered to include with this paragraph before she launched into her standard dishonest attack mode.

Cherry picking quotes so as to distort what people have said seems to be the only talent the folks over at the National Review have these days.