Last night on the Fox News Channel, Sean Hannity and Mary Matalin attacked the “left” and the “news media” for correctly labeling Bush’s warrantless domestic spying program:
HANNITY:This is not about domestic spying, because that’s the way it’s being portrayed by people on the left and by the news media…
MATALIN: …And just using the words “domestic spying” is how the left frames these debates. I looked this up a couple of weeks ago when this argument first started. There are 104,000 hits on references to signals intelligence, which is what this is, electronic surveillance of terrorists. There was 1.5 million references to domestic spying. People hear, “Domestic spying.” It’s completely not that.
Actually, it is. The distinction between this program and previous legal spying programs is that it is directed at people in the United States without first securing warrants.
The right-wing’s new framing of the program as merely another “Terrorist Surveillance Program” is meant to do one thing: confuse the American people.