September 30, 2005

Kill the Lawyers!

--"Hellerstein should be drawn and quartered."

A guest (a Col. Hunt) on Bill O'Reilly's show, reacting to SDNY judge Alvin Hellerstein's decision (which will of course be appealed) to allow release of the next batch of Abu Ghraib pics. The scary thing? Colonel Hunt was the one arguing accountability went above Karpinski to Sanchez--the other guest wouldn't even countenance that.

Mr. Murdoch, are you ever embarrassed by it all, in quiet moments of self-reflection? I know Roger Ailes isn't, but you, just perhaps?

P.S. O'Reilly: "The Bush Administration has a big problem." No, not because of the moral stain of the growing abuse scandal, O'Reilly appears to intimate, but because he is worried the Bushies may be too weak-kneed to appeal Hellerstein all the way up to SCOTUS. It's almost funny it's so absurd, until I remember millions are imbibing said absurdities with credulity.

P.P.S. Dan Senor, former Bremer spokesman: Playing chummy with O'Reilly on Hellerstein's decision being bad for the troops. Pity, I thought Senor had character...but he does have a cool documentary on Saddam airing on Fox over the weekend!

UPDATE: O'Reilly's nightly 'memo':

Now I firmly believe most Democrats are as angry with Hellerstein's ruling as I am. I heard from some of them today on the radio. This is a far left problem, not a mainstream problem.

Finally, where the deuce is the Pentagon? How many generals stepped up today to denounce Hellerstein's ruling? They should be all over the media. There's an old adage in the military, look out for your guys. Are they looking out for their guys? And that's “The Memo.”

Posted by Gregory at September 30, 2005 04:07 AM | TrackBack (9)
Comments

Would someone like to explain to me, exactly, how Bill O'Reilly became a major force in American punditry? Was it blackmail? Fellatio? I simply can't imagine that someone independently came up with the idea that it would be bright to make this man a star.

Posted by: Joe at September 30, 2005 11:06 PM | Permalink to this comment Permalink

Would someone like to explain to me, exactly, how Bill O'Reilly became a major force in American punditry? Was it blackmail? Fellatio? I simply can't imagine that someone independently came up with the idea that it would be bright to make this man a star.

Posted by: Joe at September 30, 2005 11:09 PM | Permalink to this comment Permalink

Greg,

I read the Joe Galloway piece and commented above, so I hope you realize I am, in the main, with you on this issue. But I think you give very short shrift to those who have legitimate concerns on the time/place/manneref this release of these photos that have no news value other than purient voyerism. We know there is going to be no restraint in the MSM, especially the foriegn press, in using these photos to titillate and exascerbate violence against our troops. You rather breezily blow off the concerns of those of us who ask, for example, how much money will be raised in Saudi for the "insurgents" with the war bond drive they will mount using this inflammatory stuff. I think if you had a son or friend in harm's way you might see Col. Hunt's point of view a little less dogmatically.

Posted by: wayne at October 1, 2005 02:58 AM | Permalink to this comment Permalink

Joe a:
"Would someone like to explain to me, exactly, how Bill O'Reilly became a major force in American punditry? Was it blackmail? Fellatio? I simply can't imagine that someone independently came up with the idea that it would be bright to make this man a star."

Fellatio, in a sense. He proved to the powers-that-be that he'd reliably orally service any and all propaganda that they told him to.

Posted by: Barry at October 1, 2005 03:13 PM | Permalink to this comment Permalink
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