NYT gets the big Freeman scoop!

posted at 8:10 am on March 11, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

Showing the same crack journalistic instincts that it did with the Eason Jordan scandal, the New York Times “breaks” the story of Charles Freeman’s resignation … without ever having reported that Freeman’s appointment had generated controversy.  If readers relied solely on the Gray Lady, they must have found themselves stunned to see the Obama administration appointment suddenly implode:

Charles W. Freeman Jr., the Obama administration’s choice for a major intelligence post, withdrew his name on Tuesday and blamed pro-Israel lobbying groups, saying they had distorted his record and campaigned against him.

Mr. Freeman had come under sharp criticism for his past statements about Israel as well as for his association with the Saudi and Chinese governments.

Mr. Freeman’s withdrawal from consideration as chairman of the National Intelligence Council came just hours after Dennis C. Blair, the director of national intelligence, vigorously defended him and said that his comments had been taken out of context.

That comes as news to readers of the Paper of Record, too.  They never covered Freeman’s remarks, nor did they cover Blair’s defense of them.  The Times also never reported on Freeman’s connections to the Chinese and the Saudis, nor on his public backing of national ID cards after 9/11, which when reported elsewhere had civil libertarians on both sides questioning his appointment.

In fact, for those who only read the NYT, the first three paragraphs of their report on Freeman all demonstrate that the editors have deliberately blacked out this issue until Freeman’s resignation.  They did the same with the Eason Jordan affair four years ago, which I extensively covered.

The NYT at least covers the tenor of Freeman’s valediction, although one has to read them verbatim to understand how badly Blair and the Obama administration fumbled this appointment, emphasis mine:

I have concluded that the barrage of libelous distortions of my record would not cease upon my entry into office.  The effort to smear me and to destroy my credibility would instead continue.  I do not believe the National Intelligence Council could function effectively while its chair was under constant attack by unscrupulous people with a passionate attachment to the views of a political faction in a foreign country.  I agreed to chair the NIC to strengthen it and protect it against politicization, not to introduce it to efforts by a special interest group to assert control over it through a protracted political campaign.

That’s a particularly unsubtle reference to the Joooooooooos, and to the secret Jewish conspiracy to control foreign policy, and of course to the unpatriotic nature of his critics.  It ignores the objections to his Tiananmen Square analysis (that the Chinese took too long to stomp on the protesters) and his connections to CNOOC, which seemed to do more damage on Capitol Hill than anything else.  That’s just what we needed on the National Intelligence Council: a wallower in paranoid conspiracy theories.  Who will they pick to replace him — Philip Berg?


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Go easy on the Gray Nag, she’s down to 1/3 staff these days and most of them are surreptitiously looking for another job.

Bishop on March 11, 2009 at 8:15 AM

Just another reminder for us to tip our hats to Ed, AP and others online for doing the job the big boys won’t do.

Ferris on March 11, 2009 at 8:15 AM

I like what Goldfarb said at the Weekly Standard blog:

…what I’m most eager to see in the next 24 hours is the story from the New York Times explaining that Chas Freeman has been forced to withdraw his nomination as a result of a controversy they never even covered.

flipflop on March 11, 2009 at 8:17 AM

Stick a fork in the Gray Lady, she is done.

OmahaConservative on March 11, 2009 at 8:20 AM

And we again wonder where the MSM is in all of this…

Oh wait, we know…

Mathews’ is in the corner with a thrill in his leg…

Oberman is digging for dirt on Rush…

ABC is getting it’s daily briefing from the thug-in-charge…

CBS is working on doctoring another Palin clip…

CNN is just lost in space…

And The Messiah’s cult just keeps drinking and drinking and drinking…

Fraum, Brooks, et’al are waiting by the mailbox for invites to Liberal dinners and parties… (Did I just see Allah check his too?)

Mark Garnett on March 11, 2009 at 8:20 AM

I have not read The New York Times in 5 years. Have I missed anything?

Hilts on March 11, 2009 at 8:21 AM

Making Freeman withdraw just shows how strong Obama’s support is for Israel.

(Channeling my Kool-Aid-drinking fellow Jews.)

Attila (Pillage Idiot) on March 11, 2009 at 8:21 AM

GOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAL for the JOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOS!

gridlock2 on March 11, 2009 at 8:23 AM

, saying they had distorted his record and campaigned against him.

I.e., they disclosed his record and exercised their First Amendment rights to denounce him.

Call Freeman a whaaambulance, he just threw himself under the bus.

rbj on March 11, 2009 at 8:24 AM

Bear in mind that the publishing family that is currently destroying owns the Times is Jewish–the self-hating liberal type.

by unscrupulous people with a passionate attachment to the views of a political faction in a foreign country.

Does that include Emmanuel and Schumer and Lieberman?

JiangxiDad on March 11, 2009 at 8:26 AM

Where is the obligatory “I don’t want to be a distraction” to the Obama Adolescent Administration?

Are they finally done with that lame excuse? Hmmmmmm?

marybel on March 11, 2009 at 8:28 AM

Who will they pick to replace him — Philip Berg?

The road to 1000 comments begins here.

Attila (Pillage Idiot) on March 11, 2009 at 8:28 AM

Attila (Pillage Idiot) on March 11, 2009 at 8:21 AM

Your comment in your link about Baker and Obama is spot on. Repubs are consistently pro-Israel and Dems consistently pro-Palestinian, yet Jewish voters vote for Dems in droves.

And they ask me why I drink.

flipflop on March 11, 2009 at 8:30 AM

I am savoring this catastrophe known as the NYT

blatantblue on March 11, 2009 at 8:30 AM

So if NYTimes=Gray Lady, then the term Gray Lady must be slang for cheap sleezy whore…

doriangrey on March 11, 2009 at 8:39 AM

Who really cares Ed. Unless you have been in a coma these last 20 years everyone knows the NYTimes position on things. A story worth reporting will be when they break that mold.

Yesterday’s big story was Repubs again passing a pork bill. They just can’t help themselves as a party. Mitch McConnell should be fired. There is no leadership. Every bill that Reid, Polosi and Obama are writing, no matter how stupid, is being passed by Repubs. Without these wayward Repubs every bill would have failed and been forced into a rewrite. Instead we are spiraling down a drain greased by the supposed party of fiscal restraint and small government.

What do we all do instead–sit around and text message about how bad Obama is, on and on and on…even you Ed, its getting pathetic.

Welcome to the back bench where we deserve to be.

patrick neid on March 11, 2009 at 8:40 AM

patrick neid on March 11, 2009 at 8:40 AM

Start the movement, my boy, get yourself out there and create the magic we need.

I look forward to reading your flyer which details the resistance: when, where, how and who. You can take the lead to end this pathetic behavior.

Some of us are doing something more, we just don’t have the means or feel it necessary to shout out to the world what we’re doing.

Bishop on March 11, 2009 at 8:44 AM

“…unscrupulous people with a passionate attachment to the views of a political faction in a foreign country.”

Die Juden? Sounds rather like Hamas-supporters to me?

Tzetzes on March 11, 2009 at 8:45 AM

Seen on “Fox & Friends” that they buried the story on the 9 11 Terror Boys confessions on Page 17!!!

Dire Straits on March 11, 2009 at 8:46 AM

Where is the obligatory “I don’t want to be a distraction” to the Obama Adolescent Administration?

How do you distract glue sniffing, juvenile delinquents?

By the look of Begala’s and Carville’s hair, they must be splitting a case a day with Emmanuel.

NoDonkey on March 11, 2009 at 8:46 AM

This just in, ‘Declaration of Independence’ ratified in fractured, insolvent nation…..

-Old Gray Mare

sven10077 on March 11, 2009 at 8:47 AM

What do we all do instead–sit around and text message about how bad Obama is, on and on and on…even you Ed, its getting pathetic.

Welcome to the back bench where we deserve to be.

patrick neid on March 11, 2009 at 8:40 AM

I echoed the same frustration the other night. Got some flack for it too. Think your reaction is normal, and it’s just part and parcel of constantly trying to remain calm in the face of a threat. The fight or flight mechanism of the brain get’s activated or something. It ‘aint easy having an adrenaline rush behind a keyboard.

JiangxiDad on March 11, 2009 at 8:49 AM

Seen on “Fox & Friends” that they buried the story on the 9 11 Terror Boys confessions on Page 17!!!

Dire Straits on March 11, 2009 at 8:46 AM

I misinformed you all. They are “Freedom Fighters”. My apologies to Ms Helen Thomas.

Dire Straits on March 11, 2009 at 8:51 AM

patrick neid on March 11, 2009 at 8:40 AM

Start the movement, my boy, get yourself out there and create the magic we need.

I look forward to reading your flyer which details the resistance: when, where, how and who. You can take the lead to end this pathetic behavior.

Some of us are doing something more, we just don’t have the means or feel it necessary to shout out to the world what we’re doing.

Bishop on March 11, 2009 at 8:44 AM

More of the same cop out bullshit. I read all the comments. I’ve been here long before most of the people text messaging here. You are not doing anything. You sit around all day wasting type ink on why its the Dems fault. Pithy little snarky remarks about why its all their fault instead of looking in the mirror.

If enough people just demanded that the only thing talked about was the Repub party passing all these bills its possible that the losers in the Repub leadership might get the message. But no, you go back talking about stupid shit like Romney vs Palin vs Jindal four years off in the future, meanwhile here and now, the country is being debted out of existence because of Repubs. What do you figure, a few more election loses and you might get a clue?

No you won’t.

No doubt about it, this ain’t Captain’s Quarters.

patrick neid on March 11, 2009 at 8:57 AM

What do we all do instead–sit around and text message about how bad Obama is, on and on and on…even you Ed, its getting pathetic.

Welcome to the back bench where we deserve to be.

patrick neid on March 11, 2009 at 8:40 AM

And the story on the top of your blog is … oh, wait, all you do is anklebite from the sidelines. Never mind.

Ed Morrissey on March 11, 2009 at 8:59 AM

And the story on the top of your blog is … oh, wait, all you do is anklebite from the sidelines. Never mind.

Ed Morrissey on March 11, 2009 at 8:59 AM

Vicious, vicious anklebites skipper…

Nah we are doing about all we can….the media is in Ogabe Love Mode….

our job is to start the snowballs that will make the avalanche when the time comes…

sven10077 on March 11, 2009 at 9:00 AM

Well at least the NY Times is consistent.

Consistently on their knees in the People’s Temple of Obama.

As a proud member of Pravda West, the NY Times should just merge with the Nation magazine since their pathetic propaganda parallels each other and they could probably save money.

It could be worse though.
At least they weren’t scooped by the National Enquirer again.

Baxter Greene on March 11, 2009 at 9:01 AM

“I do not believe the National Intelligence Council could function effectively while its chair was under constant attack by unscrupulous people with a passionate attachment to the views of a political faction in a foreign country.”

Mr. Freeman calls these folks unscrupulous when he says this about Israel??? :

In 2006, Mr. Freeman appeared to blame U.S. policy toward Israel for the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. He told a group of Middle East policy analysts in Washington, “We have paid heavily and often in treasure in the past for our unflinching support and unstinting subsidies of Israel’s approach to managing its relations with the Arabs. Five years ago we began to pay with the blood of our citizens.Link

The Washington Times didn’t have any trouble supplying some red meat while the New York Times plays deaf and dumb.

Rovin on March 11, 2009 at 9:02 AM

That pesky internet thing!

flytier on March 11, 2009 at 9:02 AM

No doubt about it, this ain’t Captain’s Quarters.

patrick neid on March 11, 2009 at 8:57 AM

My dear Mr. Neid you are aware that:

1) under San Fran Nan’s new and improved regression to the pre Newt rulebook the GOP cannot offer any bills in the house and the numbers and cloture probabilities are just as grim in the Senate….ie we are goosed and complaining about what the frat boyz are doing is what we can do and what worked back in ’93-’94

2)you are in fact engaged in what you decry while merely aiming the antipathy towards the GOP and Ed….

“good luck”

sven10077 on March 11, 2009 at 9:04 AM

Don’t let the door hit you in your wrinkled, flabby, old ass, Freeman, you terrorist-appeasing, Saudi-butt-kissing, anti-Semitic loser. Why don’t you look for your next government appointment in Beijing? Maybe the Chi-Coms will let you drive the tanks over the next Chinese citizens who dare to stand up for democratic principles.

AZCoyote on March 11, 2009 at 9:08 AM

withdrew his name on Tuesday and blamed pro-Israel lobbying groups

All part of the vast zionist conspiracy.

Mr Purple on March 11, 2009 at 9:11 AM

And the story on the top of your blog is … oh, wait, all you do is anklebite from the sidelines. Never mind.

Ed Morrissey on March 11, 2009 at 8:59 AM

Bullshit Ed, I’m not ankle biting. You know I have been around here for years. What I am doing out of rage is trying to steer the debate. I have never attacked you in all those years, ever. What I am saying now is that the most important discussion is the looting of the national treasury aided and abetted by Repubs and we, including you, are not doing enough about it.

If this site/comments continually pounded home that message relentlessly the idiot savants in DC would take notice. You have a voice and you are not using it. If that’s personal criticism so be it.

patrick neid on March 11, 2009 at 9:11 AM

If this site/comments continually pounded home that message relentlessly the idiot savants in DC would take notice. You have a voice and you are not using it. If that’s personal criticism so be it.

patrick neid on March 11, 2009 at 9:11 AM

If we were to destroy the freespending RiNO wing of the GOP in place today in a purge we would be able to block precisely zero pieces of donk legislation….

hell they could probably repeal the 22d amendment…

sven10077 on March 11, 2009 at 9:16 AM

You have a voice and you are not using it. If that’s personal criticism so be it.

patrick neid on March 11, 2009 at 9:11 AM

I think Ed is doing all he can, and what he should be given his talents. The problem lies elsewhere.

JiangxiDad on March 11, 2009 at 9:17 AM

Not the anti-semite he thought he was. Zero thought he was reformed.

Mr Purple on March 11, 2009 at 9:20 AM

I think Ed is doing all he can, and what he should be given his talents. The problem lies elsewhere.

JiangxiDad on March 11, 2009 at 9:17 AM

Nah Ed has a duty to personally undo eight years of the moonbat two minutes of hate played on a loop by the M$M don’t ya know???

/s

Not the anti-semite he thought he was. Zero thought he was reformed.

Mr Purple on March 11, 2009 at 9:20 AM

Ogabe’s learning his election was an attempted bi-partisan moment, not his election to undo the last 50 years of US governence in a weekend at Bernie’s replay…

sven10077 on March 11, 2009 at 9:23 AM

1) under San Fran Nan’s new and improved regression to the pre Newt rulebook the GOP cannot offer any bills in the house and the numbers and cloture probabilities are just as grim in the Senate….

2)you are in fact engaged in what you decry while merely aiming the antipathy towards the GOP and Ed….

“good luck”

sven10077 on March 11, 2009 at 9:04 AM

The house was long lost and deservedly so by our previous misdeeds. Who cares what Pelosi does, it was a given. It is in the Senate where every thing she does can be stopped. Without Repub votes every bill so far would have been lost. We cannot control what Dems write in bills we can only prevent their passage and we are not.

The Senate leadership is allowing this to happen. There is no payback for the yes votes.

It is places like here where push back start. But they cannot start if we blame Obama and crew. They are only doing what their dna prescribes. So I will continue to point at only the repubs. Think about it, on virtually every bill the Dems with much larger cats to corral are more unified. That’s called leadership. McConnell is a wimp.

patrick neid on March 11, 2009 at 9:24 AM

Yesterday’s big story was Repubs again passing a pork bill. They just can’t help themselves as a party. Mitch McConnell should be fired. There is no leadership. Every bill that Reid, Pelosi and Obama are writing, no matter how stupid, is being passed by Repubs. Without these wayward Repubs every bill would have failed and been forced into a rewrite. Instead we are spiraling down a drain greased by the supposed party of fiscal restraint and small government.patrick neid on March 11, 2009 at 8:40 AM

What bug is up your @ss this morning Patrick? McConnell lost the votes to block this bill late yesterday afternoon thanks to the bitch-in-chief Pelosi:

But as debate unfolded over the past week, Republican members of the Senate Appropriations Committee teamed up with most Democrats to reject efforts to remove any earmarks from the bill, including items connected to a lobbying firm under federal investigation. One reason for their solidarity was an announcement by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) that any changes would render the measure dead, limiting current funding to 2008 levels.
The independent watchdog group Taxpayers for Common Sense found 8,570 disclosed earmarks in the bill, worth $7.7 billion. Only five senators did not add pet projects to the measure, including Republicans McCain, Jim DeMint (S.C.) and Tom Coburn (Okla.), and Democrats Feingold and McCaskill.

Pelosi’s threat caused the leaders of both sides to run for cover and let the bill pass because she didn’t want to have the bill return to the house and embarass the twit. Put the blame where it belongs—-the Democrats agenda.

While you may be right on McConnel’s weaknesses, I would suggest you take your frustration out on Obama, when he signs the earmark-filled legislation.

Rovin on March 11, 2009 at 9:25 AM

If enough people just demanded that the only thing talked about was the Repub party passing all these bills its possible that the losers in the Repub leadership might get the message. But no, you go back talking about stupid shit like Romney vs Palin vs Jindal four years off in the future, meanwhile here and now, the country is being debted out of existence because of Repubs. What do you figure, a few more election loses and you might get a clue?
patrick neid on March 11, 2009 at 8:57 AM

You spout this ignorant drivel and then think you are in a position to judge and give out advice.

All the “Repubs” fault,what an ignorant statement.
That Huffington post bubble you live in must be nice.
It must contain all the democrats also since viewing life with your head stuck straight up your a$$ probably makes knowing what you are talking about extremely difficult.

I guess all the democrats being on the take with Fannie/Freddie,fighting against any regulation brought forth by Republicans trying to shut down the sub-prime corruption so many democrats got rich on must have escaped your expert analysis.

Here is some of that history your great analysis seems to miss:

Guest essay: Fannie and Freddie mess? Blame the Democrats

By JOHN H. PILLA
http://www.publicopiniononline.com/ci_11631591

Capitalism worked well until the government began to limit free markets by forcing the Government Sponsored Enterprises called Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to make loans to those not worthy of receiving home mortgages (subprime mortgages).
The markets did fine until these actions were undertaken by Democratic administrations.
Here is a list of key events:


Democrats on the sub-prime crisis:

”These two entities — Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac — are not facing any kind of financial crisis,” said Representative Barney Frank of Massachusetts, the ranking Democrat on the Financial Services Committee. ”The more people exaggerate these problems, the more pressure there is on these companies, the less we will see in terms of affordable housing.”

Republicans on the sub-prime crisis:

I join as a cosponsor of the Federal Housing Enterprise Regulatory Reform Act of 2005, S. 190, to underscore my support for quick passage of GSE regulatory reform legislation. If Congress does not act, American taxpayers will continue to be exposed to the enormous risk that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac pose to the housing market, the overall financial system, and the economy as a whole.

McCain took action in 2005 that might have helped us avoid the severity of this current financial crisis. Democrats also took action in 2005 and stopped McCain’s reforms.

Yea right genius,it’s all the Repubs fault.
Tell Alice we said hello on your way down that Rabbit Hole you have fallen down.

Even some of the leading voices of liberalism see that the Obama administration has been nothing but a circus run by amateur clowns.

The whole Begala-Carville coordinated campaign against Limbaugh seems misguided when Obama is supposed to be leading the nation out of crisis (see Warren Buffett’s comments, below). Quite apart from whether it’s a good idea to take one of your smarter opponents and build him up, the campaign seems petty, partisan and poll-driven–not designed to produce any kind of national pulling-together. If Begala weren’t around I’d suspect Chris Lehane of thinking it up.

Mickey Kaus
Slate Political Blog
March 10, 2009


Heads should roll
President Obama’s clumsy, smirky staff is sinking him
— and resurrecting a deflated GOP! Plus: Lay off Rush! And a Brazilian diva, up close and electric
By Camille Paglia
http://www.salon.com/opinion/paglia/2009/03/11/mercury/print.html
Mar. 11, 2009 |

First it was that chaotic pig rut of a stimulus package, which let House Democrats throw a thousand crazy kitchen sinks into what should have been a focused blueprint for economic recovery. Then it was the stunt of unnerving Wall Street by sending out a shrill duo of slick geeks (Timothy Geithner and Peter Orszag) as the administration’s weirdly adolescent spokesmen on economics. Who could ever have confidence in that sorry pair?

And then there was the fiasco of the ham-handed White House reception for British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, which was evidently lacking the most basic elements of ceremony and protocol. Don’t they read the “Iliad” anymore in the Ivy League? Check that out for the all-important ritual of gift giving, which has cemented alliances around the world for 5,000 years.

But facts probably don’t matter to a super genius like yourself that apparently can tell the future and read minds since you know that “nobody is doing anything” that posts on this blog.
You must be a very important person in your world.

Baxter Greene on March 11, 2009 at 9:25 AM

I’ve been here long before most of the people text messaging here. You are not doing anything. You sit around all day wasting type ink on why its the Dems fault. Pithy little snarky remarks about why its all their fault instead of looking in the mirror.
patrick neid on March 11, 2009 at 8:57 AM

Actually no, I run a business and watch after my kids; occasionally I contact my reps and do what an average working American can do within the confines of my resources. I’m sorry if that isn’t good enough for you, then again you in all your righteous wisdom are here “wasting type ink” too, and making snarky remarks about how the rest of us just aren’t pulling the load.

Go “steer the debate” with someone else, ya hypocritical puke, because I’m tired of you pompous jackasses running around yelling at everyone because they don’t see the obviousness of your wisdom.

Bishop on March 11, 2009 at 9:29 AM

No, Patrick, you’re crabbing at me for not doing enough. What are you doing? You’re not blogging at all. You’re commenting on my threads.

And besides, I’d already written the post about the spending bill. It goes up in an hour or so. I write ahead in the mornings. I write between 10-15 posts a day on a wide array of topics.

Give me a fricking break. Why don’t you start contributing, if you think you can do a better job?

Ed Morrissey on March 11, 2009 at 9:30 AM

It is places like here where push back start. But they cannot start if we blame Obama and crew. They are only doing what their dna prescribes. So I will continue to point at only the repubs. Think about it, on virtually every bill the Dems with much larger cats to corral are more unified. That’s called leadership. McConnell is a wimp.

patrick neid on March 11, 2009 at 9:24 AM

That is almost as pathetic as the left’s decision to focus their criticism on Bush instead of terrorists and America’s enemies.

Mr Purple on March 11, 2009 at 9:30 AM

If we were to destroy the freespending RiNO wing of the GOP in place today in a purge we would be able to block precisely zero pieces of donk legislation….

hell they could probably repeal the 22d amendment…

sven10077 on March 11, 2009 at 9:16 AM

Hobgoblin threats.

With or without the Rino wing of the party exactly how many pieces of legislation have been blocked at this most critical time. Yes that’s right zero!

patrick neid on March 11, 2009 at 9:31 AM

That’s a particularly unsubtle reference to the Joooooooooos, and to the secret Jewish conspiracy to control foreign policy, and of course to the unpatriotic nature of his critics.

No. It is specifically is about a chap named Rosen who started the campaign… was an executive for AIPAC, and Rosen is also charged with passing US Secrets to Israel.

lexhamfox on March 11, 2009 at 9:34 AM

FWIW, foxnews.com got the actual scoop, beating the NYT by a couple of hours.

Kevin M on March 11, 2009 at 9:34 AM

It’s usually pretty hard to definitively nail journalists on bias, but Ed nails them with this one. They knew all about Freeman’s problems, and there’s no other way to explain why they didn’t bother reporting on it until now.

forest on March 11, 2009 at 9:37 AM

No, Patrick, you’re crabbing at me for not doing enough. What are you doing? You’re not blogging at all. You’re commenting on my threads.

And besides, I’d already written the post about the spending bill. It goes up in an hour or so. I write ahead in the mornings. I write between 10-15 posts a day on a wide array of topics.

Give me a fricking break. Why don’t you start contributing, if you think you can do a better job?

Ed Morrissey on March 11, 2009 at 9:30 AM

I am contributing Ed, through my comments. Unless of course you now think comments are useless or should only be complimentary. This blog, to your credit, is very influential as was Captain’s Quarters before it. The powers that be read here and other places. You know it and I know it. I have seen comments from the comment section in the national press. They use places like here as barometers. As long as we collectively are not voicing outrage on a continual basis McConnell and friends simply operate on cruise control. The House is lost and only the Senate offers hope.

But again Ed you know I mean no attack on you personally. I think my body of comments here and in the long past bear me out.

patrick neid on March 11, 2009 at 9:40 AM

If this site/comments continually pounded home that message relentlessly the idiot savants in DC would take notice. You have a voice and you are not using it. If that’s personal criticism so be it.

patrick neid on March 11, 2009 at 9:11 AM

How the hell would you know how involved I am? Before I ran across Hot Air a little over a year ago, I had never even sent a letter to a representative of mine in my entire 53 years. I’ve written SCORES (with an equal number of phone calls as well) since then to local, state and fed reps. Go have a bran muffin.

Patrick S on March 11, 2009 at 9:54 AM

That’s a particularly unsubtle reference to the Joooooooooos, and to the secret Jewish conspiracy to control foreign policy, and of course to the unpatriotic nature of his critics. It ignores the objections to his Tiananmen Square analysis (that the Chinese took too long to stomp on the protesters) and his connections to CNOOC, which seemed to do more damage on Capitol Hill than anything else. That’s just what we needed on the National Intelligence Council: a wallower in paranoid conspiracy theories. Who will they pick to replace him — Philip Berg?

Isn’t Ramsey Clark still alive, Ed? He was vetted and approved by Congress back in 1967 — that should be more than good enough for an Obama Administration appointee and would give the New York Times and most of the other big media outlets more than enough of an excuse again not to cover the story.

jon1979 on March 11, 2009 at 9:59 AM

[The Times] never covered Freeman’s remarks, nor did they cover Blair’s defense of them. The Times also never reported on Freeman’s connections to the Chinese and the Saudis, nor on his public backing of national ID cards after 9/11, which when reported elsewhere had civil libertarians on both sides questioning his appointment.

Ed Morrissey

Obviously none of that was news fit to print, this is why the Times is going out of business.

Maxx on March 11, 2009 at 10:07 AM

lexhamfox on March 11, 2009 at 9:34 AM

Is that you, Chas?

Attila (Pillage Idiot) on March 11, 2009 at 10:16 AM

Patrick S sez:

Before I ran across Hot Air a little over a year ago, I had never even sent a letter to a representative of mine in my entire 53 years. I’ve written SCORES (with an equal number of phone calls as well) since then to local, state and fed reps.

I’ve dunned my ‘representatives’ for years. But NJ is a Dem stronghold; I haven’t had any representation in the Senate for all of my adult life.
You wanna know how the Senators react? They don’t even bother to acknowledge my letters or calls any more. If I’m not gonna contribute to their coffers, they’re not interested.

Paul_in_NJ on March 11, 2009 at 10:16 AM

Sadly, the media blackout of Democrat foibles is not limited to the New York Times either.

The Philadelphia Inquirer has yet to run a single story on the PMA earmark pay-for-play scandal, despite the fact that Pennsylvanian Jack Murtha is at the center of it and three Philadelphia area Congressmen obtained large earmarks for PMA clients and received substantial campaign contributions from the firm. One of them is my congressman and almost nobody in this district knows about his association with these sleazebags – except the few of us who read this blog.

Funny how when the Jack Abramoff scandal broke, every local newspaper covered their local Congressman’s associations with Abramoff and his firm. I predicted that Paul Magliochetti would be the Democrats’ Jack Ambramoff, but that’s not going to happen because the Democratic Guard Dogs in the media won’t report it.

rockmom on March 11, 2009 at 10:30 AM

How the hell would you know how involved I am? Before I ran across Hot Air a little over a year ago, I had never even sent a letter to a representative of mine in my entire 53 years. I’ve written SCORES (with an equal number of phone calls as well) since then to local, state and fed reps. Go have a bran muffin.

Patrick S on March 11, 2009 at 9:54 AM

What you do in your spare time is up to you. My comments had you read them without thinking it was all about you was directed to this site and the comments here and what the focus of attention is. This is a very powerful site and if we spent more time on the repubs in the Senate passing/enabling bills it is my opinion that we would accomplish more.

By all means keep up the good work at home but generally speaking if that is/only combined with constant editorializing from influential sites it has a multiplier effect. As many other commentators have mentioned the average Senator does not give a fig’s ass about your letters or calls. Theirs is a silk lined cocoon that only folks such as Ed can penetrate and then only after repeated attempts.

Prediction, seats gained or lost by 2010 and the presidency in 2012 don’t matter. It will be too late by then. All the spending and government programs will have been launched with almost zero chance of retrieval. I really don’t think folks understand the gravity of what these repub Senators are putting in motion.

Again I ask where is the outrage, the push back.

patrick neid on March 11, 2009 at 11:27 AM

This is the John Edwards affair news blackout all over again. Once again the dinosaur media has egg on its face. A resignation occurs, the report says there was controversy (which one would assume except if you’re a libtard, would be newsworthy) that results in that resignation, but BY GOD, such controversy isn’t newsworthy at the time it’s occurring only in retrospect. Because if the controversy were covered then maybe even more people might have climbed on board against a vicious antisemite as potential head of intelligence but since the NYSlimes wants such an evil chief, they did everything in its power to coverup the controversy.
Every day the NYSlimes gives more reason for people to hope it goes out of business toute d’suite.

eaglewingz08 on March 11, 2009 at 11:44 AM

It ignores the objections to his Tiananmen Square analysis (that the Chinese took too long to stomp on the protesters) and his connections to CNOOC

It ignores those because they had nothing to do with him getting bounced. Do you think there’s a big pro-China lobby in DC?

Look at Schumer’s comments. It’s clear that the fact that Freeman was critical of our Israel policy is the sole reason he was pushed out.

orange on March 11, 2009 at 12:08 PM

Who will they pick to replace him — Philip Berg?

Bill Ayers.

Y-not on March 11, 2009 at 12:21 PM

Pelosi’s threat caused the leaders of both sides to run for cover and let the bill pass because she didn’t want to have the bill return to the house and embarass the twit. Put the blame where it belongs—-the Democrats agenda.

While you may be right on McConnell’s’s weaknesses, I would suggest you take your frustration out on Obama, when he signs the earmark-filled legislation.

Rovin on March 11, 2009 at 9:25 AM

I have to disagree Rovin. We control our own destiny in the Senate. Had we stayed together none of the bills would have passed. They would be back in conference where a bill might be fashioned that did less damage to our balance sheet.

Focusing on Obama, Reid and Pelosi is a losers game. We can’t stop them from writing legislation or dreaming up ways to increase the size of government. We can only stop them at, this point, in the Senate.

patrick neid on March 11, 2009 at 12:45 PM

Patrick Neid,
You express your opinions very well. I would suggest you start your own blog so you can begin your quest to ‘steer’ the nation. /s

evenkeel on March 11, 2009 at 1:22 PM

Lexhamfox:

I know you want to blame the Jews for this and all evil deeds but it wasn’t the Jews alone who sank this nomination. No, it only went down in flames after his relationship with the Chinese and his views on their reppression of the protests in Tiananmen Square and the riots in Tibet last year was exposed. If it were only the Jews then he would have slipped by to join the cadre of anti-Semites that staff the Obama NSC.

jerryofva on March 11, 2009 at 4:19 PM

Ed – keep doing what you are doing. There will always be some that think you are not doing enough or are doing too much or are ineffective, or ar too effective. Though yes, I really miss Captain’s Quarters.

I think that the posting and blogging problem that may be bugging many commenters is that your two compatriots hated many of the Republican nominees (in the name of some self styled purity) so much that they hindered the efforts to maintain a workable representation. Now they are bitching about the results of their efforts. A workable representation includes some RINOs. Many of the RINOs were selectively RINO. To give them up in the pharisaic pursuit of purity has handed the tools of resistance to the opposition.

Old Country Boy on March 12, 2009 at 10:09 AM