Wednesday, 18 August 2010


Ken Berwitz

Let me start with a personal conclusion:  patrick fitzgerald is a disgrace.  He displays little in the way of scruples, honesty or competence. 

I wrote a lot about fitzgerald while he was running the "Valerie Plame" charade, while knowing almost all that time that that to the extent she could be "outed" (Plame was about as covert as Madonna) Richard Armitage was the "man" who did it.  Armitage told him as much just months after the investigation began.  But that didn't stop fitzgerald from inflicting his three year dog and pony show at taxpayers' expense, culminating in the farcical, disgusting inquisition of Lewis Libby.

But our wonderful "neutral" media didn't nail fitzpatrick on this.  Not then and not afterwards.  That is because most of them loved that he was going after their most hated bogeymen:  President Bush, Vice President Cheney and (very especially) Karl Rove -- all of whom, we were assured countless times, would pay dearly for their high crimes and misdemeanors. 

The fact that media were dead wrong, and not one charge could be brought against any of the three?  Irrelevant'n'immaterial.

Here is an excerpt from Tom Rowan's piece at - which, in a highly abbreviated way, hits just about all the relevant facts:

The Valerie Plame affair can shed some light on Rod Blagojevich's trial.  It was Plame's husband Joe Wilson who put the lie into the "Bush lied us into war" slogan. Bush rightly told the nation that Hussein had sought yellow cake uranium from Niger.  Joe Wilson claimed he was sent by Dick Cheney to go to Niger to find out.  Wilson was found to be lying in parts large and small.  But the damage was done.  The entire focus of the war shifted to the lack of yellow cake uranium and other WMD.


Turns out that Dick Cheney did not send Valerie Plame's husband to Niger to prove or disprove anything, it was Valerie Plame herself.  Hoping to keep a "scandal" alive, the party apparatchiks in the media howled and complained that the Bush Administration "outed" Valerie Plame in order to punish her and silence others who might come forward to make fools of themselves as Joe Wilson did.  Patrick Fitzgerald was placed in charge of an investigation to find out who "leaked" Valerie Plame's name.


Lewis Libby was convicted for having a different memory of the affair than the late Tim Russert.  Valerie Plame was not a covert operative and Lewis Libby did not "leak" her name.  It was Richard Armitage who told Robert Novak that it was Valerie Plame who had her husband sent to Niger to look for yellow cake uranium and not Dick Cheney.  No actual crime was committed.  The only thing that really happened in the whole affair was that the truth got out and it was damaging to the left's effort to criminalize the Bush Administration.


Patrick Fitzgerald knew all the relevant facts before he started his "investigation."  He knew that no crime was committed because Valerie Plame was not a covert operative.  Fitzgerald knew at the outset that Richard Armitage told Bob Novak that Valarie Plame sent her husband to Niger.  But Fitzgerald had an "investigation" to lead and an unlimited budget to spend.  Fitzgerald, whose only charge was to find out who "outed" Valerie Plame, wasted untold millions of taxpayer dollars on what amounted to "perjury traps."  The media wanted to see Libby or Rove "frog marched" and Fitzgerald was willing to oblige them despite all the evidence to the contrary.


During Lewis Libby's trial all the relevant facts of the case were purposely withheld from Libby's jury.  The jury was not told that no crime was committed.  The jury was not told that it was Richard Armitage who committed the non-crime of pointing out the fact that Plame sent her husband to Niger.  But these were inconvenient truths to Fitzgerald and the judge.  Libby's defense lawyers were not permitted to tell the truth to the jury: There was no crime committed and therefore no motive for Libby to lie to anyone about anything.  While the defense was denied these crucial truths, it did not stop Fitzgerald parading around the court room intoning that some heinous crime was committed and that Lewis Libby was caught lying about it to save his skin.


The jurors never heard the name Richard Armitage.  The only obstruction of truth and obstruction of justice in the court room came from Fitzgerald himself.  The foreman of the jury, Tim Russert's BBQ buddy and neighbor believed Tim Russert's memory and not Lewis Libby's memory.  What did we learn from the Valarie Plame affair?  Joe Wilson was a liar and Patrick Fitzgerald is a dangerous political hack capable of ruining the lives of otherwise innocent people.

That's some performance. 

But it isn't all.

Are you aware that this is the same patrick fitzgerald who just headed the Rod Blagojevich case?  Who ran it just as disgracefully - and just as politically - as the Bush/Cheney/Rove/Libby farce?  And who blew it anyway, walking (slinking is more like it) away with one minor conviction on one count? 

If you read Rowan's blog (as I strongly hope you do) he'll tell you all about it.

Maybe now our media will be liberated to notice what a loser fitzgerald is, what a mess he has made of things and how little competence he displays.  But frankly I doubt it.

Zeke .... .... Seems these high profile cases wind up convicting on a charge of lying to the investigators. ... .. ... IIRC, Hillary Clinton's testimony always had disclaimers about her memory, how long ago it was, etc ... got her out of a bunch of tight situations - White Water, Time Sheets (which appeared in the private White House quarters, apparently by magic), et al. ... ... ... (08/18/10)


Ken Berwitz

Now there's a blog title I could use just about every day.......

This latest installment comes to us from Brad Wilmouth's blog at  Here is the first part of Brad's blog -- and I urge you to use the link and read it all:

On Mondays Countdown show, MSNBC host Keith Olbermann used a clip of U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Tim Osborn, stationed in Iraq, commenting on how he had previously felt that the war in Iraq "wasnt ever going to stop," to fit into the Countdown hosts suggestion that American troops had remained in Iraq too long. But what Olbermann did not show his viewers is that Staff Sergeant Osborn had also expressed strong support for the war effort in a clip which was shown earlier that evening on the NBC Nightly News during a piece which correspondent Richard Engel filed from Iraq:


RICHARD ENGEL: He tells me his greatest accomplishment: giving Iraqis a chance.


STAFF SERGEANT TIM OSBORN, U.S. ARMY: If what was going on here was going on in America, I wouldn't want my kids to grow up in that world. I would want somebody else to come in and help. And if it took them doing what we did here, then I would welcome that.


But Olbermann was apparently only interested in using a clip of Staff Sergeant Osborn that would fit into the MSNBC hosts characteristic anti-war shtick:

Yes, olbermann withheld half the story, so that he could feed some red meat to the hard-left segment of (i.e. majority of) his viewers. 

Yes, he is that dishonest.

And, yes, he does it regularly, as I (and many others) have chronicled.

What a pathetic man.

free` "What a pathetic man." I feel it goes way beyond pathetic. How is this not criminal? At the minimum it has to be fraud. I guess with the 9th circuits decision today that lying about being awarded the Medal of Honor is legal will make it legal to lie about anything without repercussion. For those of you that didn't see the decision i am referencing here it is. Ninth Circuit Declares Open Season on False Claims of Valor (08/18/10)

Zeke .... .... Henry Kissenger would never allow his interviews to be edited. .... He'd prepare his remarks to fit the time limit of the show's producers. However, he was gun-shy about his meaning being changed by selective editing. (08/18/10)


Ken Berwitz

A week after using the word "nigger" - not as a pejorative against Black people but in an explanatory way, as I myself have used it numerous times in this blog - Laura Schlessinger has apparently been pushed off the air.

Excerpted from Anahad O'Connor's article at the New York Times web site:

August 17, 2010, 11:26 pm

Dr. Laura Schlessinger to End Radio Show



12:43 a.m. | Updated Dr. Laura Schlessinger, the conservative talk radio commentator under fire for repeatedly using a racial epithet, announced on Tuesday that she was ending her long-running radio show.


Dr. Schlessinger made the announcement on Tuesday night on Larry King Live, saying she made a decision not to renew her contract when it expires at the end of the year and suggesting that she did not want her opinions and language, however provocative, to be muzzled.


Television, via Reuters Dr. Laura Schlessinger in 2000.


I want to regain my First Amendment rights, she said. I want to be able to say whats on my mind and in my heart and what I think is helpful and useful without somebody getting angry, some special interest group deciding this is the time to silence a voice of dissent and attack affiliates, attack sponsors. Im sort of done with that.


But she stressed that she was not retiring, only ending her show, and would continue to write books and appear at speaking engagements.


Im not quitting, she told Larry King. I feel energized actually stronger and freer to say the things that I believe need to be said for people in this country.


No stranger to controversy, Dr. Schlessinger has been under intense pressure in recent days following an exchange with a caller on her radio show last week in which she used the racial epithet the so-called N-word 11 times. The caller, a black woman, was complaining that she was married to a white man whose friends and family members frequently made racist comments in her presence. Dr. Schlessinger responded by arguing there was a confusing double standard that blacks could use the epithet freely while whites could not.


If anybody without enough melanin says it, its a horrible thing; but when black people say it, its affectionate, she said. Its very confusing.


Even after the caller complained I was a little caught back by the N-word that you spewed out, I have to be honest with you Dr. Schlessinger repeated it a number of times, insisting her caller had too much sensitivity.


A day later, as the show was generating controversy on blogs and cable news shows, Dr. Schlessinger issued an apology on her blog. She also read it on her radio show.


I was attempting to make a philosophical point, and I articulated the n word all the way out more than one time, she said. And that was wrong. Ill say it again that was wrong.


The apology, however, only generated more attention to the original comments, prompting Dr. Schlessinger to appear on CNN to make her announcement Tuesday night.


Shortly after Dr. Schlessinger made her announcement, one of the groups that had called for advertisers to back away from her show, Media Matters for America, issued a statement applauding the outcome.


Dr. Lauras radio career ended in disgrace tonight because of the bigoted, ugly and hateful remarks made on her show. Americans have had enough, the groups president, Eric Burns, said in the statement. Listeners are now holding hosts, affiliates, and sponsors accountable for the offensive and inexcusable content on the airwaves.

 There is an old joke about a woman who goes to a poultry store to buy a chicken.  She picks one up and starts sniffing it. Up, down, around, every which way.  She goes to the manager of the store and says "I wouldn't pay a penny for this chicken.  It stinks!"  And the manager, who had been watching her, says "Lady, could you pass that test"?

If some of the censorious haters, like media matters, for example, ever applied the same standards they demand of conservative media personalities to the hard left they are so enthralled by, it would be open season on Rosie O'Donnell, Roseanne Barr, keith olbermann, Ed Schultz, Chris Matthews and a raft of others.

The hatred, invective, offensive characterizations, etc. spewed by this bunch are legion.  I have chronicled a great many examples here, and I've barely scratched the surface. 

But the truth, as I would hope you are aware, is that the censorious haters on the left do not care about this kind of behavior from their own.  The objective is not quality programming, it is getting political opponents off the air - even if all they have done is talk about how an offensive word is viewed, depending on who is using it.

I don't listen to Ms. Schlessinger's radio show.  Other than reading about what she said last week, her TV appearances are pretty much my entire frame of reference.  But I did read the transcript of the show in question and, in my opinion, she should never have allowed herself to be browbeaten into an apology.  She did not do anything wrong.

But she did apologize.  And now she says she's leaving the air to prevent this kind of censorship from being inflicted on her again, so I guess that's that. 

What a great triumph for the censorious haters.  I wonder who's next?

free` "What a great triumph for the censorious haters. I wonder who's next?" You can bet it won't be a democrat! (08/18/10)

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