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All the News that's Fit to Ignore

Bookworm has an excellent post about some very relevant stories the media chooses to ignore. Don't just read her post, read the comments too. Her readers made some great observations.

I don't know why I didn't blog about the Charles Freeman story. Certainly it had all the perfect elements for yet another point of concern about the Obama administration: the Director of National Intelligence (!) selects Freeman, the Obama administration disclaims about knowledge of the selection, and Freeman turns out to be both a lunatic and a paid shill of the Saudi and Chinese governments. There's a guy you want whispering in the President's ear about the direction our foreign policy should go. The fact is, so many others were blogging about it, that I had nothing to add. (And speaking of others, here's an excellent summary of the Freeman debacle and why it matters.)

Anyway, Freeman is just another in an almost uninterrupted line of stories about the Obama administration screwing up -- yet again -- when it comes to selecting someone to serve the administration. We're getting used to the sordid tales of tax cheats and wackos. The more interesting story about Charles Freeman, I think, is that the New York Times refused to cover the story. (This, again, is something other bloggers have been pointing out with some consistency during the last three weeks). The Times, after all, calls itself the paper of record, and boasts that it prints all the news that's fit to print. Apparently it did not deem Freeman newsworthy and the Times wanted no record of his existence.

Update: Michelle Malkin has a must read post about how ABC News was too lazy to read all the documents, but quick to declare they contained nothing but old news. Michelle did read the documents and points out how incredibly wrong ABC was:

It's obvious that neither Tumulty nor ABC News read through the entire trove of documents. Instead, they rely on Judicial Watch's press release -- which included highlights, but obviously not all, of what was included in the FOIA request.

As I reported (yeah, we can do that, too, MSM), one of the most notable e-mail exchanges I found in the docs (which was not spotlighted in JW's release, but could be found by anyone who actually clicked through on JW's site to the actual records) dealt with Pelosi's absurd demand in December 2008 (that's just three months ago, not "early in her tenure") that the military move her jet from San Francisco airport to Travis Air Force base (where she had "business" and where she just so happens to have a country home nearby in Napa 30 minutes away!) Queen Pelosi didn't want to drive 1.5 hours. She demanded that the military come to her. DoD officials pointed out that this had never been done before -- not even for the Defense Secretary.

Yet ABC News asserts that JW's document release "doesn't seem to prove the organization's allegation that Pelosi has made 'unprecedented demands' for the flights."


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Comments (9)

Yep, the most competent adm... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

Yep, the most competent administration, EVAH!

And it's only been FIFTY DAYS!

Yes, the most competent and... (Below threshold)
Chrissy S.:

Yes, the most competent and ETHICAL administration! My hubby is in the AF and they have all heard the complaints about Pelosi ... she is clearly abusing her position. I'm sure if this was Newt or Hassert they would have been running with the story for the past 24 hours ... non-stop.

We're sliding down the fast... (Below threshold)

We're sliding down the fast track to perdition folks! Be sure to stock up with 30-days worth of ammunition, food and water!

From Ray McGovern:... (Below threshold)
bryanD:

From Ray McGovern:

"Neoconservative Daniel Pipes offered an anatomy of the crime, blog-bragging about how it was conducted:

"What you may not know is that Steven J. Rosen of the Middle East forum was the person who first brought attention [on February 19] to the problematic nature of Freeman's appointment...Only someone with Steve's stature and credibility could have made this happen."
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The same Steve Rosen? The same one who is currently on trial for violations of the Espionage Act involving the transmission of classified information intended for Israel? Yes, one and the same! This has to be the purest brand of gall that ever came down the Pipes."
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Neocons live. Also note Schumer's role.

http://www.antiwar.com/mcgovern/?articleid=14389

BrianD-it isn't that hard t... (Below threshold)
Sue:

BrianD-it isn't that hard to find out information about this. Here's some information from Wikipedia, hardly a conservative site.

The controversy subsided considerably the following year, when Lawrence Franklin, the Pentagon official in the case, was indicted on May 26, 2005, and Rosen and Weissman were indicted on August 4, 2005. The indictments did not in fact allege that the Iran directive or any other documents were passed to or through AIPAC. Nor did the Government allege that Franklin, Rosen, or Weissman acted as agents for or in behalf of Israel. As the facts emerged, it became evident that the controversy was not about surreptitious activity or moles or espionage, but instead was about ordinary scheduled meetings in which officials allegedly discussed classified information--i.e., "leaks"--something very familiar to journalists, experts, and advocacy groups who participate in such discussions with officials every day.

The prosecution was brought under the Espionage Act (18 USC 793), a statute that has been on the books since 1917. The specific provisions under which Rosen and Weissman were indicted--sections (d) and (e)--were added to the statute in 1950. After all this time, the indictment of Rosen and Weissman is the first occasion in American history that the Espionage Act was applied to prosecute recipients of leaks who were not government officials, had not signed non-disclosure agreements, and were not accused of being agents of a foreign power. Still more unusual is the fact that two of the three government officials alleged in the indictment to have disclosed information to Rosen and Weissman are not being prosecuted, even though, if the indictment is correct, they would be in clear violation of the law and their security clearances. Yet Rosen and Weissman, the recipients, are being prosecuted for receiving the information from these officials.

You libs are pathetic.

Now you know why we don't listen AT ALL to anything you say.

Now you know why we don'... (Below threshold)
Winner (D):

Now you know why we don't listen AT ALL to anything you say.

Yeah, we noticed. And now you know why you're a regional party.

The military should come to... (Below threshold)
914:

The military should come to Her highness aid alright. With a drone.

winner - "Yeah, we noti... (Below threshold)
marc:

winner - "Yeah, we noticed. And now you know why you're a regional party."

"Regional?"

With 58,343,671 votes cast in opposition to Barack Hussein Obama - that's some kinda "region!"

Stop beclowning yourself.

Lorie, thank you for pointi... (Below threshold)
rileyb:

Lorie, thank you for pointing me at Bookworm Room. Although the
article is great, the comments are excellent. The three people that
commented on the article should be leading the GOP.




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