Tactics and Substance in the 2004 Elections GoogleNews: Howard Dean

April 2, 2004

by V

Commission Tampering

It's not enough that the Bush gang has been withholding 3/4 of the Clinton administration's documents from the 9/11 commission. It's not enough that Bush has successfully refused to testify without Vice President Big Time at his side.

Apparently, the Bush administration has felt the need to coach Republican commission members:
White House counsel Alberto Gonzales telephoned at least one and possibly two Republicans on the panel hours before a hearing where they sharply questioned former counterterror guru Richard Clarke.

...The Family Steering Committee, which represents many of the 9/11 families, called on the White House to explain the calls.

"These ex-parte communications raise serious concerns regarding the impartiality of these commissioners, and questions about whether the commission has been sidetracked from its mandate to focus on the facts and circumstances of 9/11," the families said in a statement.

The Washington Post reported that Gonzales placed calls to Fred Fielding and Fred Thompson, both Republicans, before the hearing. During the hearing both questioned Clarke's motives for his allegations against the Bush administration. [Say it isn't so!]

The flap over Gonzales' calls - which White House officials do not deny were placed - comes as the commission prepares to hear from national security adviser Condoleezza Rice in public and under oath for 2-1/2 hours on Thursday.
ABC's The Note, predictably, treats this as Democratic squealing about a matter of no importance rather than serious misbehavior on the part of an Administration with no credibility left to squander.

And their take on the White House's anti-Letterman farce and overkill? Gosh, what a strange and complex story. Read Krugman, but don't believe him.

They're not even journalistically 'neutral' at this point. Mark Halperin and company have clearly slid into lackey-dom.
Posted by V at April 2, 2004 01:55 PM

Good god. Direct quotes from the Note on the Letterman/CNN crap:

"Paul Krugman of the New York Times takes on CNN for passing along a "smear that it attributed to the White House" without holding the administration accountable. Or something like that."

Christ almighty, people! This is not hard stuff! I'm sorry you find it so confusing. Idiots.

And also: "Paul Krugman's complex narrative regarding Daryn Kagan, Wolf Blitzer, David Letterman, Dick Clarke, and Jim Wilkinson"

Oh waah waaah waaah. It's soo haaaard. And the White House isn't giving us talking points on this one. Whatever shall we do? I know, let's make fun of Krugman.

Rotten sell-out whores. Good god.

Posted by: J at April 2, 2004 02:17 PM

Recommended Reading:

The Politics of Truth: Inside the Lies that Led to War and Betrayed My Wife's CIA Identity: A Diplomat's Memoir
The Politics of Truth... A Diplomat's Memoir

Worse Than Watergate: The Secret Presidency of George W. Bush
Worse Than Watergate: The Secret Presidency of George W. Bush

Against All Enemies by Richard Clarke
Against All Enemies: Inside America's War on Terror

LIES by Al Franken
Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right

The Great Unraveling
The Great Unraveling

The Great Big Book of Tomorrow
The Great Big Book of Tomorrow

Clinton Wars
The Clinton Wars

Blinded by the Right
Blinded by the Right: The Conscience of an Ex-Conservative

Waging Modern War: Bosnia, Kosovo, and the Future of Combat

Subject to Debate: Sense and Dissents on Women, Politics, and Culture

Living History

The Hunting of the President: The Ten-Year Campaign to Destroy Bill and Hillary Clinton

John Adams

Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation

Code and Other Laws of Cyberspace

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