Howard Kurtz: Robert Gates’ Book Is A Betrayal; Erick Erickson: Oh Simmer Down

“Only in Washington do people wring their hands over tell-all books before writing their own.” – Erick Erickson

Fox Contributor Howard Kurtz and editor Erick Erickson appeared on The O’Reilly Factor last night to discuss Robert Gates’ new book containing revelations about President Obama and his disposition toward the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan:

Kurtz in the above clip and throughout the whole segment maintains that this represents a violation of trust, a betrayal of Obama’s confidence and, ultimately, is damaging to the operation of the office of the President.

Erickson, on the other hand, is more blasé, as Bill puts it.

Well, you know I think considering what the Obama administration is doing – spying on all of us with the NSA, there is a deep bit of irony in that, but look, the president is going to get candid advice for people. Going into this there is expectation books may be written short of signing people into nondisclosure agreements I’m not sure he could do to cabinet advisor he’s to know that’s going to happen at some point, some more favorable some less favorable. But when they’re inside the White House, inside the bubble, he has every reason to expect he’s going to get and give candid advice and that’s just the nature of the beast in Washington.

Erickson tells us by email that “Only in Washington do people wring their hands over tell all books before writing their own.” Indeed. As he pointed out earlier in the segment, these type of books are basically de rigueur at this point, so acting all surprised and hurt, as the media has, is a bit silly. MSNBC has been particularly focused on the “betrayal” aspect over the last 48 hours. Yesterday morning, as I noted on Twitter, the network opened every single segment about the Gates book with footage showing him accepting the Medal of Freedom from the President.

And why, you might wonder, are the press so focused on the “Gates the meanie” aspect of this story rather than the actual, and devastating, revelations about President Obama? Of course you don’t wonder, because it’s patently obvious. It’s classic misdirection. Forget what the man has to say, let’s point out his violation of the bro code.

It would be silly and embarrassing if it weren’t so disgusting.

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  • badbadlibs

    Oh Howard….welcome to the world of President George W. Bush. Who DIDN’T betray W?

  • CalCoolidge

    Who is the beneficiary of Gates’s oath? Not Obama.
    And who is the beneficiary of Obama’s oath?

    IMO, if there is betrayal here, it is Obama betraying his oath and word to the American people.

    Kurtz, on the other hand, is loyal to Obama.

  • Darrell Griffin

    I’ve watched Kurtz since he arrived at Fox.

    He’s a liberal apologist, and he draws moral equivalents that do not exist. Always making excuses for the MSM and making malpractice molehills equal to journalistic mountains.

    He’s also a hypocrite. When anti-Bush books were coming out, he wasn’t just singing a different tune, he was on a different scale.

  • mike3e4r7

    Gates ‘betrayed’ Obama’s trust by revealing to the public, the many nefarious ways Obama has betrayed the country. Which of these betrayals is the media upset about? You guessed it.

  • olddog

    Howard is PROOF..Liberalism is NOT a mental (D)isorder..IT’S MUTANT (D)NA..The science is settled. And he assist in providing evidence. Just can’t leave the (D)elusion behind, although I like the fella…he’s Yeast Coast Lib..PERIOD!!!!!!

  • timsrighty

    Hey Fox, give Kurtz his pink slip. Along with Beckel, Colmes etc.

  • Poptoy1949

    Call it whatever you want but I call it “The Truth”, and the truth always has to be told. It was going to come out one way or another. If you want to talk about Betrayal then lets talk about all the people running around swearing to the Heavens that obama was born in Hawaii.

    • lawngren

      Not to mention his own grandmother, who was telling people she was present when he was born in Kenya – not long before she conveniently died.

  • Sentinel

    Well said Caleb.

  • garyinaz66

    Obama and the media have betrayed the nation.
    that’s betrayal.

  • “represents a violation of trust, a betrayal of Obama’s confidence” OH PUHLEEEZ! Like the dear leader never violated the imperative trust of SEAL Team 6 and others in our Special Forces? Just like he never dared betray 4 Americans in Benghazi by watching them die on a freaking live stream drone footage, then going to bed so he could hop on his Vegas bound plane the next day… Like dear leader has instilled absolute confidence in our troops… oh wait…

    • lawngren

      Well said. obama should crawl back into the Chicago gutter he crawled out of, or go the fish back to Kenya.

  • d1comment

    The twilight of Howie’s career continues to be illuminating…

  • c4pfan

    When is the book coming out?

  • Gary Dickson

    I agree, Mr. Howe. As far as Mr. Kurtz’ approach is concerned, let’s dump all over the messenger, shall we? Let’s protect His Highness at all costs. even if it makes me (i.e., Kurtz) look like a complete dupe.

    As for Obama, how dim-witted can he be not to think that someone is not going to come out with a “tell-all” book even if it’s as innocuous as Gates’ book? Does he think that highly of himself that he believes himself immune to those kinds of judgements?

    Oh, wait a minute, I think I just answered my own questions.

  • twoblackcats

    Boy, this was a waste of space

  • imatellau

    A violation of trust?

    Really? What does Kurtz call Benghazi?

    • lawngren

      Amen to that, friend.


    We need more people like Gates and Snowden to keep people like obama, and the government in check if we can .

  • cattastrophe

    Where was the outrage when liberals who had served in the Bush administration wrote books with lies and distortions about Bush. Instead of the media calling them out they were featured on 60 minutes?

  • USMC 64-68

    Kurtz’ displeasure has to be seen in context: he’s ain’t no conservative. He’s not about to call attention to the fact that Dear Leader is strutting around buck naked.

  • lawngren

    ” this represents a violation of trust, a betrayal of Obama’s confidence”

    And what the flaming cauldron has the current occupant of OUR White House done that gives US reason to trust HIM?

    How many dozen times has The Choom King betrayed us? And not just “betrayed our confidence”, either. Tyrone Woods. Glen Doherty. SEAL Team Six.

    “The Lord said, ‘What have you done? Listen! Your brother’s blood cries out to me from the ground.’ ” Genesis 4:10)

    That statement could be spoken to us as well as to Cain. Our brothers’ treacherously spilled blood cries to us, and what have we done to avenge them?

    obama and all those who support him can take a flying leap into the flaming cauldron. We – genuine Americans – OWE THEM NOTHING.

  • I hear Hillary Clinton is writing a book about her time at the State Dept. Let’s watch and see how much that ruffles Kurtz’s fluffy feathers.