"The last time we got a tape from Osama bin Laden was right before the 2004
presidential election. Now here we are, four days away from hearings starting
in Washington into the wiretapping of America's telephones without bothering
to get a court order or a warrant, and up pops another tape from Osama bin
Laden. Coincidence? Who knows."
- CNN's Jack Cafferty, The Situation Room, January 19.
"Late in the same week that an NSA whistleblower suggests the illicit
tapping of American phones is thousands of times larger and thousands of times
less focused than the President claims, suddenly we have FBI sources linking
stories about Middle Easterners trying to buy vast quantities of untraceable,
disposable American cell phones from K-Marts and Target stores. Which, if
true, makes the wiretapping look like a good idea and its leakers look like
they've already helped terrorists outsmart the eavesdropping. Boy, you can't
buy timing like that. I mean it. I'm asking seriously, you can't buy timing
like that, right?...We'll never know for sure if that is or is not just an
amazing coincidence that it falls right after the whole NSA whistleblower
issue comes up, but, as we had pointed out here before, the administration
sure gets a lot of these breaks."
- MSNBC's Keith Olbermann to Time reporter Mike Allen on the January
Don't Doubt Bush's Criminality
"The administration seems to be, as you well know, Dan, pulling out all the
stops to justify this eavesdropping program, but that doesn't change the fact
that many people believe that the President broke the law. For example, law
professor Jonathan Turley of GW told lawmakers on Capitol Hill on Friday,
quote, 'What the President ordered in this case was a crime.' What's your
reaction?...Last week a legal analysis by the non-partisan Congressional
Research Service concluded that the administration's limited briefings for
Congress were, quote, 'inconsistent with the law.'"
- NBC's Katie Couric to White House counselor Dan Bartlett on Today,
"Computers and cell phones have changed all our lives, and a lot of those
changes have been good. But technology can also have a downside, including the
erosion of privacy. You can now go online and buy other people's phone
records....Maybe the government doesn't need to do this illegal eavesdropping,
they could just buy it."
- CBS's Bob Schieffer on the January 12 Evening News.
Smearing Conservatives as Bigots
"[A] visibly frustrated Democrat Edward Kennedy grilled Samuel Alito on his
membership in a conservative Princeton Alumni organization, one opposed to
admission of women and minorities."
- Thalia Assuras on CBS's Early Show, January 12.
"The topic: Alito's one-time membership in an ultra-conservative group
called Concerned Alumni of Princeton, known for opposing the admission of more
women and minorities to the school."
- CNN's Joe Johns on Anderson Cooper 360, January 11.
Host John Gibson: "Was it [Concerned Alumni of Princeton] an
anti-integrationist, anti-feminist group?"
FNC's Andrew Napolitano, a former CAP member: "Absolutely not. It was a
traditional, conservative mainstream organization, the purpose of which was to
give alumni at Princeton a voice in a very, very liberal university
administration....To say it was against women belies the fact that the editor
of the publication was Laura Ingraham... [and] after Laura Ingraham, the
editor was Dinesh D'Souza, a scholar at the Hoover Institution and a man of
- FNC's Big Story with John Gibson, January 11.
Eeek! The Court Is Moving Right
Bob Schieffer: "Jan, it appears that Judge Alito is going to be
confirmed....How is he going to make the Court different than Sandra Day
O'Connor, who he is going to replace?"
Chicago Tribune's Jan Crawford Greenburg: "There's little question,
Bob, that he would move this court to the right."
- CBS Evening News, January 12.
Bob Schieffer: "This [abortion ruling] was probably Sandra Day
O'Connor's last case. The new Chief Justice is now settled in. This court is
moving to the right, isn't it?"
Jan Crawford Greenburg: "That's right."
- Exchange on the January 18 CBS Evening News.
Bob Schieffer: "The President promised during the election to move this
court to the right. And from what we heard in these [Alito] hearings, what
we've already seen with Judge Roberts on the bench, it is moving to the right,
Jan Crawford Greenburg: "Well, that's right....This court is poised for an
historic shift to right...."
- CBS Evening News, January 24.
Walter Waves White Flag, Again
"We should get out now....We had an opportunity to say to the world and
Iraqis after the hurricane disaster that Mother Nature has not treated us well
and we find ourselves missing the amount of money it takes to help these poor
people out of their homeless situation and rebuild some of our most important
cities in the United States. Therefore, we are going to have to bring our
troops home...I think we could have been able to retire with honor. In fact, I
think we can retire with honor, anyway."
- Former CBS Evening News anchor Walter Cronkite, who in 1968
editorialized in favor of withdrawing from Vietnam, in a January 15 meeting
with reporters later quoted by Associated Press reporter David Bauder.
Won't Support "Imperialist Tools"
"I don't support our troops....When you volunteer for the U.S. military,
you pretty much know you're not going to be fending off invasions from Mexico
and Canada. So you're willingly signing up to be a fighting tool of American
imperialism, for better or worse....I'm not advocating that we spit on
returning veterans like they did after the Vietnam War, but we shouldn't be
celebrating people for doing something we don't think was a good idea."
- Los Angeles Times columnist and former Time staff writer
Joel Stein in a January 24 column.
Touting "Health Wonders" of Mao
"Until the beginning of the reform period in the early 1980s, China's
socialized medical system, with 'barefoot doctors' at its core, worked public
health wonders....Since then, in one of the great policy reversals of modern
times, China has dissolved its rural communes, privatized vast swaths of the
economy and shifted public health resources away from rural areas and toward
- New York Times reporter Howard French, January 14. According to a
new biography of Mao, the communist dictator who ruled China from 1949 to 1976
"was responsible for well over 70 million deaths in peacetime, more than any
other twentieth-century leader."
Conservative Cowards Skip Iraq
ABC's Terry Moran: "Now, Wayne Newton may not be to everyone's
taste...and maybe a lot of the young soldiers he performs for are, well,
unfamiliar with his body of work. But at least he goes to see them and perform
for them. Which is more than you can say for a lot of Hollywood stars today.
While the USO has been able to attract some big names for tours in recent
years - Jessica Simpson, Robin Williams, the rapper 50 Cent - some of the top
stars are AWOL. Like, say-"
Comedian Kathy Griffin: "Mel Gibson, big conservative. Go on over, Mel,
anytime. They'd be glad to see you. They all love Braveheart."
Moran: "Comedian Kathy Griffin has done one USO tour to Kuwait and
Afghanistan and signed up for another soon to the Middle East. A
self-described D-list celebrity and opponent of the war, she, too, loves
performing for the troops and she wonders why some vocal war supporters have
Griffin: "I think Rush Limbaugh should, you know, pop a few of those
Oxycontin that he probably still has laying around and go over....You know,
put your money where your mouth is, O'Reilly, go do a book tour or something
- ABC's Nightline, January 20. In Februrary 2005, Limbaugh spent
several days with U.S. troops in Afghanistan.
Belafonte Goes Bananas
|"We've come to this dark time in which the new Gestapo of Homeland Security
lurks here, where citizens are having their rights suspended....You can be
arrested and not charged. You can be arrested and have no right to counsel."
- Singer/left-wing activist Harry Belafonte, in a January 21 speech to the
Arts Presenters Members Conference in New York City, comments reported later
that day by Verena Dobnik in an AP dispatch.
"I stand by my remarks....We've taken citizens from this country without
the right to be charged, without being told what they're taken for, we've
spirited them out of this country, taken them to far away places, and reports
come back with some consistency that they're being tortured.... My phones are
tapped. OK? My mail can be opened. They don't even need a court warrant to
come and do that as we once were required to do....I think President George W.
Bush, I think Cheney, I think Rumsfeld, I think all of these people have lost
any moral integrity. I find what we are doing is hugely immoral....Al Qaeda
tortures. We torture. Al Qaeda's killed innocent people. We kill innocent
people....We have no business doing what we do."
- Belafonte on CNN's The Situation Room, January 23.
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