Good Riddance Andy Rooney

If I don’t like you while you’re alive, I damned sure won’t say anything nice about you when you croak.

Rooney died at 92, taking his irritating whine with him.

NewsBusters looks back at just some of the reasons why I grew tired of Rooney’s bullshit.

Andy Rooney delivered his final commentary Sunday night at the end of 60 Minutes and while the now 92-year old curmudgeon’s pieces usually dealt with non-serious topics, he should be credited for being able to recognize, unlike many of his prominent peers, that the media are liberal – even conceding his own “liberal bias.” He declared Dan Rather “transparently liberal” and quipped people in the news business “were almost evenly divided” in 2004 – “half of them liked Senator Kerry; the other half hated President Bush.”

Shortly after 9/11 in 2001, he embarrassed himself when he mocked President Bush over a common metaphor. “This is an enemy that thinks its harbors are safe, but they won’t be safe forever,” Bush asserted in a clip Rooney played and then ridiculed: “Well, not too smart either. Afghanistan is landlocked. It doesn’t have a harbor.” Two weeks later he apologized, showing letters from viewers who made fun of him: “If you didn’t know the meaning of ‘safe harbor’ you probably thought the ‘underground railroad’ had tracks”and “if he really thought Bush meant seaports, Andy must think ‘wildlife preserves’ are breakfast jams.’”

His defense of communism:

“Communism got in with a bad crowd when it was young and never had a fair chance,” Rooney wrote. According to Rooney, “the original communist philosophy may have been wrong, but they didn’t plan it as a totalitarian system… Communist governments have been dominated by men, not Marxist ideals.” Rooney explained that the “communist idea of creating a society in which everyone does his best for the good of everyone is appealing and fundamentally a more uplifting idea than capitalism.”

Like all liberals who speak wistfully of a brutal system that killed about 100,000,000 people worldwide, he never packed up and moved to any country under its influence.

Andy didn’t like the prospect of muzzie terrorists having their phone conversations tapped.

CNN’s Larry King: “What do you make of the tapping of phones in the interest of national security?”
CBS’s Andy Rooney: “Well, I think it’s a disgrace, an absolute disgrace. And how the President has convinced himself or how the Vice President has convinced the President that this is a good thing to do, in the interests of American security, it’s a disgrace….Our whole country was built on the idea that we are free from that kind of government. I mean, it is seriously wrong what’s happening in Washington and how they’re forcing it down our throats, I don’t know….That’s not the way to protect ourselves.”
— Exchange on CNN’s Larry King Live, January 6, 2006.

Blame the awful United States for every muzzie zealot who wants us dead:

“Some people who hated Americans set out to kill a lot of us and they succeeded [on 9/11]….We’re trying to protect ourselves with more weapons. We have to do it, I guess, but it might be better if we figured out how to behave as a nation in a way that wouldn’t make so many people in the world want to kill us.”
— CBS’s Andy Rooney on 60 Minutes, September 10, 2006.

He couldn’t understand the fuss over Iran having nukes, he loved Bubba Clinton, despised Reagan, and thought Carter was likable.  And in case there was any doubt, he loved Obama, too.

Well, with Rooney’s death, there’s one less leftwing crapweasel to act as if they have credibilty. 

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