PBS Anchor Judy Woodruff Angry Over Delay in Hagel Nomination

PBS NewsHour anchor Judy Woodruff is angry and looking to hold someone accountable for the delay in the nomination of Chuck Hagel as Obama’s next Secretary of Defense.

Last week Woodruff demanded to know if anyone was going to “pay the price” for the delay in Hagel’s nomination. Woodruff made her demand during the February 15 broadcast of a segment of “Shields and Brooks,” with Republican Michael Gershon sitting in for New York Times columnist David Brooks.

Woodruff began the Hagel segment saying that the block of the former Nebraska Senator’s nomination was “unprecedented.” This, of course, is not true at all. There isn’t anything “unprecedented” about holding up a president’s nominations. It has happened repeatedly, especially in the last 40 years.

To name just a few, John Bolton’s nomination as UN Ambassador was torpedoed by Democrats during George W. Bush’s term, Reagan’s nomination of Judge Bork to a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court was savaged by a string of Democrat-fostered lies and Bork was blocked, Judge Clarence Thomas’ nomination was also attacked and held up as Democrats tried to destroy him, and as to the position of SecDef, Senator John Tower was voted down by Democrats for his 1989 nomination as Secretary of Defense. Tower was both blocked and defeated.

But it should be noted that Hagel is not necessarily blocked, but only delayed thus far. His nomination is still pending and there is no clear indication if he can be blocked at this point.

Michael Gerson did correct Woodruff, reminding her that it really isn’t that “unprecedented” for a president’s nominations to be blocked. Still, he incorrectly says it may be unprecedented for secretary of defense, ignoring the weeks of efforts to block Senator’s Tower confirmation before his nomination was eventually defeated in 1989.

As to who is going to “pay the price” for holding up Hagel’s nomination, liberal Mark Shields claimed that John McCain and Texas Senator Ted Cruz are already paying a price for their recalcitrance.

Shields said the accusations that Hagel benefited by money from “North Korea, or Iran, or Saudi Arabia” have “absolutely no basis in fact” and is a “terrible, terrible chapter” in the history of the Senate.

“Terrible for whom,” Woodruff asked.

“For the country, and–but for the Republican Party. They are going through a terrible exercise,” the liberal commentator replied.

But are such charges false? Do these charges have “absolutely no basis in fact”? A new report on one of those speeches seems to show that Hagel did benefit as charged. In 2007 Hagel was paid by supporters of the Iranian Mullah-led dictatorship and pro-terror groups to give a speech at Rutgers University.

How many more examples like this are out there?

As the three wrapped up the discussion of the Hagel nomination, Michael Gerson did have it right on a key problem with a Hagel stint at Defense.

But I would say there is a serious problem here, that the next secretary of defense is going to have to sell defense cuts to the Republicans. And there is not much trust that Chuck Hagel has with Republicans, having made a second career attacking his party after he left government.

I think that that — this is a strange choice in order to do that particular purpose.

Exactly right. Hagel has no rapport with Republicans. None at all.

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Posted by on February 20, 2013.
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Warner Todd Huston is a Chicago-based freelance writer, has been writing opinion editorials and social criticism since early 2001 and is featured on many websites such as Andrew Breitbart's BigGovernment.com and BigJournalism.com, RightWingNews.com, CanadaFreePress.com, RightPundits.com, StoptheACLU.com, Human Events Magazine, among many, many others. Additionally, he has been a frequent guest on talk-radio programs to discuss his opinion editorials and current events.He has also written for several history magazines and appears in the new book "Americans on Politics, Policy and Pop Culture" which can be purchased on amazon.com. He is also the owner and operator of PubliusForum.com. Feel free to contact him with any comments or questions, EMAIL Warner Todd Huston: igcolonel .at. hotmail.com"The only end of writing is to enable the reader better to enjoy life, or better to endure it." --Samuel Johnson

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  • GarandFan

    Just more of that ‘faux and highly selective’ OUTRAGE of the left.

  • 914

    Hurry up and get that Obamaroid appointed. Judy needs to know her utopia is on schedule.

  • herddog505

    Two words, Judy:

    Robert Bork.

    And let me be clear: I don’t say that the confirmation process should be a game of tit for tat: just because democrats are trash and engage in destructive, hateful, petty, loathesome practices doesn’t mean that the GOP ought to do the same in retaliation.
    However, for ol’ Judy and the rest of the the libs in MiniTru (BIRM) to have the vapors because Tehran Chuckie hasn’t been rubberstamped fast enough to suit them, to behave as if no nominee has ever been held up or (gasp!) not confirmed, is the height of dishonesty.

    Or, for MiniTru, business as usual.

    • MartinLandauCalrissian

      What the hell is “MiniTru”?

      • herddog505

        The Ministry of Truth, i.e. MiniTru, i.e. the media.

        • MartinLandauCalrissian

          Ah, gotcha. That one flew past me.

  • MountainHome

    Good Lord!! Is PBS back doing what they got into trouble for last year? Time to raise the red flag on them again. Thanks for the heads up & hopefully the media will make an issue of this. At least you did, Warner & thanks!

  • http://wizbangblog.com/author/rodney-graves/ Rodney G. Graves

    “Spam”