Fox News, MSNBC, and CNN are reporting the rumor that Osama Bin Laden may be dead, although the CNN twist is a little different:

Osama bin Laden has a water-borne illness, a Saudi intelligence source told CNN on Saturday, a report that conflicts with an article in a French newspaper saying that the al Qaeda leader is dead.

What an October surprise this would be. Set aside the fact that it’s only late September. And even if we didn’t pull the trigger, the fact that Osama is isolated in a cave somewhere in Pakistan is due to the military presence of US forces and their allies along the Afghanistan and Pakistani borders. This would be a huge success for truth, justice, and the American way (with or without Superman’s support).

However, there may be a more productive October surprise brewing on Fox News Sunday. The preview of Bill Clinton losing his cool is hitting the airwaves and internet byways. (It can be viewed here (courtesy of Youtube.com).

During the interview Clinton states, “But at least I tried. That’s the difference in me and some, including all of the right-wingers who are attacking me now. They had eight months to try, they did not try. I tried. So I tried and failed.” If you tell a lie long enough, loud enough and often enough, the people will believe it. This may be Clinton’s strategy for defending his “war on terrorism” legacy. But in today’s world, where the big media no longer beat the information drum as loud as they once did, Clinton strategy may do little more than lead the multitudes to the failings he is fighting so hard to hide. He would probably do much better by just staying away from the controversies, and promoting good causes like his tour with George Bush Sr., in the weeks after Katrina. But Clinton has never been great about staying away from the limelight, so let October roll!

Update: here’s the rough transcript of Clinton’s FNS interview; in Wallace’s words, “one of the more unusual interviews.”

And the official transcript is here.

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