Krauthammer Caught in a Lie

Charles Krauthammer did an interview with Hugh Hewitt in which he declares that President Obama is “clearly a narcissist.” Krauthammer begins by saying that, as a trained psychiatrist, he has “foresworn psychiatry simply because you really can’t do it at a distance,” but then he goes ahead and does psychiatry at a distance anyway:

This is all because, I mean, count the number of times he uses the word I in any speech, and compare that to any other president. Remember when he announced the killing of bin Laden? That speech I believe had 29 references to I – on my command, I ordered, as commander-in-chief, I was then told, I this. You’d think he’d pulled the trigger out there in Abbottabad. You know, this is a guy, you look at every one of his speeches, even the way he introduces high officials – I’d like to introduce my secretary of State. He once referred to ‘my intelligence community’. And in one speech, I no longer remember it, ‘my military’. For God’s sake, he talks like the emperor, Napoleon.

Language Log took him up on that challenge to count the number of times he uses I in that speech. Guess what? Krauthammer is lying.

Since Krauthammer can’t be bothered to check on mere matters of fact, I found the transcript of President Obama’s speech about the death of Osama bin Laden, and checked the pronoun counts and rates. In fact, the speech contains 1396 words, of which 10 are ‘I’, for a rate of 0.7%. Perhaps Krauthammer was thinking of President Reagan’s Address to the Nation on Events in Lebanon and Grenada, which did have “29 references to I” — though the overall word count was higher, so that the rate was exactly the same, at 0.7%.

But Reagan, of course, was totally not a narcissist because saints are never narcissists. Maybe Krauthammer isn’t lying, maybe he’s just lazy and doesn’t care whether what he says is true or not.

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  • Kevin Kehres

    oooo…oooo (waves hand) …. teacher, teacher! I know!!

  • Larry

    The President is a N<clang!>

    He said the President is near!

    No, dagnabit, I said the President is a Narcissist!

  • lofgren

    I’d like to know if Obama really has said “my army” or “my intelligence community.” Unlike the number of uses of I, which might be meaningful but far more likely simply reflects the carefully cultivated structure and tone of the speech, I would find it pretty disturbing if a president started using the first person possessive to describe national institutions that are not part of his staff. Somehow I suspect Krauthammer is lying about that too, though…

  • colnago80

    It’s hard to tell who is the bigger liar, Krauthammer or George Will. The fact that the Washington Post prints the shit that these lying fucktards produce is mindbogglingly.

  • eric

    “This is all because, I mean, count the number of times he uses the word I in any speech, and compare that to any other president. Remember when he announced the killing of bin Laden? That speech I believe had 29 references to I – on my command, I ordered, as commander-in-chief, I was then told, I this. You’d think he’d pulled the trigger out there in Abbottabad. You know, this is a guy, you look at every one of his speeches, even the way he introduces high officials – I’d like to introduce my secretary of State. He once referred to ‘my intelligence community’. And in one speech, I no longer remember it, ‘my military’. For God’s sake, he talks like the emperor, Napoleon.

    Charles, you just used “I” 6 times in 128 words (discounting the times you’re paraphrasing Obama). That’s a 4.7% rate, about ten times higher than the rate Obama used it in his speech.

  • sh3baproject

    hes comparing obama to napoleon? napoleon was an enlightened despot who was rather overly ambitous, but the french were loyal to him (well, until waterloo). obama is a president who isnt exactly able to command the loyality of every american and isnt trained in military related stuff. this guy is loopy.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    The president has to lead. He just can’t take credit for it.

  • petemoulton

    Wouldn’t it be bigger news if someone caught Krauthammer actually telling the truth?

  • John Pieret

    maybe he’s just lazy and doesn’t care whether what he says is true or not

    Since he is really just saying “Obama is bad” and he and his audience already know that, there’s no need to sweat the little stuff like facts.

  • Pierce R. Butler

    Larry @ # 2 – Bonus points for the Joseph Conrad reference!

  • http://denkeensechtna.blogspot.com Deen

    Sounds like projection to me. He uses the very first question in the interview to talk about himself.

  • karmacat

    It is unethical for a psychiatrist to diagnose a person who is not in treatment by that psychiatrist. You can’t diagnose a person from afar because you don’t have all the facts or the observations that come with treatment. And you don’t talk about a patient’s diagnosis even after they die. Krauthammer and Ablow are just embarassements to the psychiatry profession

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    karmacat ” Krauthammer and Ablow are just embarassements to the psychiatry profession”

    To be fair, they’re an embarassment to a bunch of other professions, too.

  • bushrat

    Krauthammer Caught in a Lie, next up, Water is Wet, a gripping documentary about this new phenomena.

  • jonmoles

    Peirce R. Butler @ #10 – I was going to say bonus points for the Blazing Saddles reference, am I missing something on the Joseph Conrad front?

  • Michael Heath

    I presume all presidents are narcissists relative to the general population. That to distinguish a president for this attribute would require the very work that Mr. Krauthammer didn’t do but his fact-checker did.

    All kinds of thinking and character defects observed here by Krauthammer.

  • dingojack

    MO (#16) – he’s an embarrassment to humans as a whole

    jonmoles (#16) – The Nigger of the ‘Narcissus’ (1897).

    Dingo

  • dingojack

    Ooops – that’s jonmoles (#15). mea culpa.

    Dingo

  • cjcolucci

    Where’s Richard Widmark when we need him?

  • matty1

    “he talks like the emperor, Napoleon.”

    In French?

  • bigwhale

    And if he doesn’t take credit they say he is doing nothing and letting the country fall apart.

  • felidae

    GW(I am the Decider) Bush wasn’t a narcissist, was he, Charlie?

  • https://www.facebook.com/kalli.procopio Kalli Procopio

    I am trying to figure out if Krauthammer wants Obama to refer to himself in the third person. “After President Obama got the intelligence report, President Obama ordered the raid.” Or perhaps he should use the royal we. “After we got the intelligence report, we ordered the raid.”

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    It’s not what Obama says, but who is saying it that’s the issue.

  • http://zenoferox.blogspot.com/ Zeno

    “Krauthammer caught in a lie”

    And this is news?

  • http://motherwell.livejournal.com/ Raging Bee

    …as a trained psychiatrist, he has “foresworn psychiatry simply because you really can’t do it at a distance”…

    And doing it up close is too much work and responsibility for him to bear.