The Word Of Mouths
By: Bob Parks
In this “do as I say, not as I do” world, we have to be even more cognizant today of people’s actions because in some cases, their words are more confusing….
The Word Of The Media
We’ve all been assured on numerous occasions, that the media is impartial. We’ve been told that we can and should trust them. We’ve been told the media has no agenda. If that’s the case would someone again explain to me how, in such a supposed climate of impartiality, someone at ABC News would feel comfortable enough to send out an email as blatantly biased as the one sent by John Green, executive producer of “Good Morning America”?
According to the Washington Post, “ABC News suspended the executive producer of the weekend edition of “Good Morning America” yesterday over a pair of leaked e-mails in which he used inflammatory language to slam President Bush and Madeleine Albright. John Green, whose unpaid suspension will last one month, apologized to the White House in a call to communications director Nicolle Wallace, while two ABC executives called the former secretary of state to apologize.”
On the email leaked to Matt Drudge, Green wrote, “Are you watching this? Bush makes me sick. If he uses the ‘mixed messages’ line one more time, I’m going to puke.” A second email, probably the one that provoked the suspension, Green wrote that Clinton Secretary of State Madeline Albright should not be booked on Good Morning America because “Albright has Jew shame.” He added, “She hates us anyway because she says we promised her five minutes and only gave her two…… I do not like her.” The Post said a probable former employee who has a vendetta said Green was reacting to a heated dispute between Albright and ABC.
Sounds like the Washington Post considers Green a victim here.
In a statement issued by Green who was not “available for comment”, he wrote “how much I regret the embarrassment that this story causes ABC. It was an inappropriate thing to say, and I’m deeply sorry.”
My guess is his only sorrow is that he was outed in the first place.
But I’m sure this was an isolated incident….
The Word Of A Politician
Georgia Congresswoman is in the middle of it again. Let’s see if I have this story right.
On Capitol Hill, lawmakers upon entering buildings are requested to either show identification or a special lapel pin to gain access. According to published reports, Cynthia McKinney of Georgia tried to enter a building without her pin and was stopped. The Atlanta Business Journal said she “punched a Capitol police officer on Wednesday afternoon after he mistakenly pursued her for failing to pass through a metal detector, Atlanta Business Chronicle broadcast partner WXIA-TV reported.”
“Sources said the officer was at a position in the Longworth House Office Building, and did not recognize McKinney or see her credentials as she went around the metal detector.
“The officer called out, “Ma’am, Ma’am,” and walked after her in an attempt to stop her. When he caught McKinney, he grabbed her by the arm.
“Witnesses say McKinney pulled her arm away, and with her cell phone in hand, punched the officer in the chest.”
Now if McKinney were a terrorist and the cop let her go, if something bad happened later, that cop would be in deep trouble. It seems to this opinion columnist that he was just doing his job. He grabbed her arm in the performance of his duty. Her violent response is another thing, because all of us know better than to hit a police officer. That’s common sense.
Late March 29th, McKinney’s office issued a response to the accusation:
“Earlier today I had an unfortunate confrontation with a Capitol Hill Police Officer. It is traditional protocol that Capitol Hill Police Officers secure 535 Members of Congress, including 100 Senators. It is the expectation of most Members of Congress that Capitol Hill Police officers know who they are. I was urgently trying to get to an important meeting on time to fulfill my obligations to my constituents. Unfortunately, the Police Officer did not recognize me as a Member of Congress and a confrontation ensued. I did not have on my Congressional pin but showed the Police Officer my Congressional ID.
“I know that Capitol Hill Police are securing our safety, that of thousands of others, and I appreciate the work that they do. I deeply regret that the incident occurred. I have demonstrated my support for them in the past and I continue to support them now.”
The congresswoman was in a hurry. Maybe next time, she’ll leave earlier. That was then, however it didn’t take long for this to not only become a story of the victimization of a poor, defenseless woman, but of racial persecution as well. Like we didn’t see this coming.
Enter… her lawyer.
“Congresswoman McKinney, in a hurry, was essentially chased and grabbed by the officer. She reacted instinctively in an effort to defend herself. Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney, like thousands of average Americans across this country, is, too, a victim of the excessive use of force by law enforcement officials because of how she looks and the color of her skin. Ms. McKinney is just a victim of being in Congress while black. Congresswoman McKinney will be exonerated.”
McKinney attorney James W. Myart Jr.
Besides this ambulance chaser, Danny Glover and Harry Belafonte joined the fray with their typical, acidic rhetoric.
“We’ve watched her be abused in the past, and she’s overcome, stood strong,” Belafonte said. “We’re not going to be absent or indifferent to the fact that she may be abused again.” Glover added, “We’re not here to judge the merits of the case, but here to support our sister.”
With her back now being watched, McKinney seemingly jettisoning her prior apologetic tone, now says she’ll be exonerated and that “this whole incident was instigated by the inappropriate touching and stopping of me, a female, black congresswoman.”
Is there anyone out there who thinks it’s okay to strike a police officer who three times tells you to halt? Is there something about being an elected official that makes people assume they are above the law and can punch cops with impunity? Don’t try that at home.
“The pin is not the issue,” the six-time congresswoman said. “The issue is face recognition.”
Michael Raffauf, McKinney’s other lawyer said she was stopped solely because of her race, gender and politics. If that was the case, then McKinney would have been recognized, that is, if you buy Raffauf’s argument.
As a member of our pampered political elite, McKinney will not have charges pressed against her. She’d become the Rosa Parks-Cindy Sheehan and a new Civil Rights heroine, and that would suck big time. At the end of the day, if her lawyers have any brains about them, they would urge their client to show some humility, apologize to the Capitol Hill Police, and be done with it.
Then again, that would be too easy….
The Words On A Billboard
There’s this billboard on a parking garage between Fenway Park and the Mass. Turnpike. On the billboard are four words: ”Little Brother is Watching.” Above the words are George Bush’s evil eyes.
The billboard also cites a website (www.littlebrotheriswatching.com) which, according to Brian McGrory of the Boston Globe, “questions the legality of Bush’s domestic wiretapping program. The site also conducts a survey, provides links to various opinion pieces about the domestic espionage, and offers T-shirts for sale.”
It’s truly extraordinary how either clueless or complicit the mainstream media can be. McGrory should know that the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act does not encourage or authorize domestic spying. For the sake of review, or enlightenment to the gleefully ignorant, FISA authorizes the National Security Agency to eavesdrop on bad guys calling the United States, or bad people here calling bad people there.
The National Security Agency has better things to do than listen in on paranoid liberals, and no matter what they call it as to become part of the American lexicon, what is going on is not domestic spying.
Liberals are saying that the “the Republican state government” wants the billboard down. Only a boob would say that a Republican governor and a state legislature controlled by an 87% Democrat majority is a “Republican state government.”
Well, I was watching the local Fox 25 News and saw Boston mayor Thomas “Mumbles” Menino basically blame this flap on Republicans, as this is a free speech issue.
I could give a rats ass whether the sign stays up or down, however I would hope Massachusetts Republicans could do more than again be not available for comment. As I am here, I’ll say what needs to be said.
Maybe I should run for office myself…?
The billboard isn’t misleading. It’s a downright lie composed by local developer John Rosenthal, who is either an ignorant fool, or another egotistical liberal who believes that everyone is too stupid to catch on to his deceptions.
Rosenthal was quoted as saying, ”It’s censorship on the part of the Republican administration either here or in Washington that doesn’t appreciate the humor or, frankly, having their tyrannical policies questioned. If that billboard said, ‘Support Our Troops,’ no one would be questioning it. There’s no agenda here, other than a public discussion.”
(Place your favorite expletive here)
If we’re talking about “domestic spying” here and people are so sure that it’s happening, despite the fact not ONE person has either claimed to be spied upon, or no whistle blower has come forward and written a book about doing such, I wish someone would tell it to the judge.
“In a significant vindication for President Bush, a judge who co-authored the 1978 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act said Tuesday that the president was duly authorized under the Constitution to order the wiretapping of suspected terrorists – without getting a warrant from the FISA Court.
Testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee, former FISA Court Judge Allan Kornblum said that president’s Constitutional powers supersede the FISA law, which critics claim the Bush program violated.
“If a court refuses a FISA application and there is not sufficient time for the president to go to the court of review, the president can under executive order act unilaterally, which he is doing now,” said Kornblum, in quotes picked up by the Washington Times.
“I think that the president would be remiss exercising his constitutional authority by giving all of that power over to a statute,” the FISA author said.”
Newsmax, March 30, 2006
So liberals can have all the billboards they want. They can rename specific poliy to imply anything they want for political points. The fact remains, for those interested in truth and not just the reacquisition of power, there is no domestic spying going on.
Loose lips are another thing.
Bob Parks is a member/writer for the National Advisory Council of Project 21, and is a Staff Writer for the New Media Alliance, Inc.