Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Senate Subpoena, Media Coverage Followup

Recently, I reported that Senators Lieberman and Collins subpoenaed the White House to have access to all of the information available on the Fort Hood Shooting, and Major Hasan. Well, the White House, Pentagon, and Justice Department have all said, "No." Ah, such transparency:
“We have repeatedly sought your departments’ cooperation,” they wrote. “Our efforts have been met with delay, the production of little that was not already public and shifting reasons for why the departments are withholding [information] that we have requested.”

Before he went on his terrorist rampage, Hasan was in regular e-mail contact with Anwar al-Awlaki, the US-born imam who ministered to at least three 9/11 hijackers as well as the would-be Christmas Day underwear bomber.

Indeed, FBI and Army investigators reportedly intercepted those e-mails, and also knew that he’d been heard making statements justifying suicide bombing.

“Given the warning signals about Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan’s extremist radicalism,” ask Lieberman and Collins, “why was he not stopped before he took 13 American lives?”

Why not, indeed?

That is the question - why WON'T Holder and Gates provide the information the Senate needs to fulfill its duty? I am sure this will be dragging out for a while.

Then I reported that Gov. Rendell claimed the Tea Party is not a legitimate movement, basically asserting that its "popularity" is simply the result of positive media coverage. After I picked my jaw up off the floor at such an incredibly ridiculous statement based on FACTS, I found numerous instances of the media covering the Tea Party, but it was far from positive.

I was not the only one to refute this ridiculous claim, though, A Tea Party member, who is also a DJ, had this to say about Gov. Rendell's statement:

Uh, yeah. I might add, I was reminded by Karen For Hillary that Rendell had also tried to found an Anti-PUMA group during the election, one he termed, Hound Dogs (Ani provided the acronym Rendell coined, H.O.U.N.D. Ha - funny, right? Ahem.). Yeah, he needs some rehab from that Obama Kool Aide.

And while I am on the topic of the media, and the way it covers events, how about the coverage of the AZ protesters of the new Immigration law v. Tea Party coverage:

So Anti-Immigration protesters are heaving full water bottles at police officers, some are being arrested, and this is a PEACEFUL protest? Wow.

Finally, there is this call to violence by Slate's David Plotz:

Plotz acknowledged that he was indeed calling for violence (isn't that a crime? "Inciting a riot" is what it sounds like to me, though I'm no lawyer). Moreover, when asked if he wanted to burn people in effigy, he made it clear that "in effigy" was NOT his plan.

Can you imagine, can you JUST imagine, if ANYONE in the middle or the right issued such a call?? Ohmygosh, they would have the FBI at their door tout de suite.

I might add, Plotz is clearly uninformed - there IS a populist uprising in progress in this country right now. It's the TEA PARTY. Whether you agree with it or not, that is exactly what it is - a populist uprising against wasteful spending, taxation, and government expansion. You'd think someone who was in the news business would be aware of that. Ahem.

Stay tuned - I am sure there will be more to add in the coming days!


Anonymous said...

Oh Rev, you just aren’t understanding this new world order being created here in the Unicorn States of Kool-aid. See, the folks demonstrating against the illegal immigration bill are good people. They’re just upset because the mean old Arizona governor is being mean to the illegal immigrants. The nasty Tea Partiers are bad because they’re angry and violent towards the government that’s just trying to help them and has, in fact, lowered their taxes. They should be saying Thank You! And the fuss about David Plotz? He was just speaking from his heart, poor thing, not really inciting violence.

As for Lieberman and Collins wanting information on the Fort Hood shooter, well, sheesh. Of course they can’t have it. They might say something mean about the poor Muslim domestic terrorist. It wasn’t his fault he killed 13 people. He was just upset that the government was making him go to Iraq. We have to be very careful not to anger our Muslim friends and allies, after all. Otherwise, Comedy Central might have to apologize to every Muslim in the world, and gosh, that would take so much time.

Oops, gotta run. The Mad Hatter and The March Hare are here to escort me to the Red Queen’s tea party! I do hope they serve kool-aid.

Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy said...

Oh, My. GODDESS. SF, you have absolutely nailed it! Brilliant comment! That is EXACTLY the way they are framing all of this! Yes, how dare that horrible Rep. governor want to uphold the law by making sure people are here legally! WTH is the matter with her, anyway? She must be racist.

When I heard today that Arizona is #2 in the WORLD for kidnappings, following only Mexico City, I can't believe they have waited this long to enact some kind of legislation.

And yes, no doubt the WH is concerned that the Senators might upset some in the Muslim community. Right around the same time they were telling the Senate NO, Obama was the same time he was launching the Muslim Business Summit. I am not kidding you (http://sec.tennessean.com/article/0b093jX7gzf1n).


Thanks for the awesome comment, SF. You're the best!