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Hugh Hewitt: What Memo?
Weekly Standard ^ | 11/13/2003 12:00:00 AM | Hugh Hewitt

Posted on 11/13/2003 2:13:13 PM PST by swilhelm73

SEAN HANNITY'S big scoop is not generating the headlines it ought to. The memo Hannity obtained and made public that details the plans by Democratic staff on the Senate Intelligence Committee to politicize the committee's investigations in the service of partisan politics far overshadows in importance Secretary of Defense Don Rumsfeld's memo pushing the Pentagon to think about the hard problems ahead in the war on terrorism, but it has received significantly less attention than the Rumsfeld memo did.

Why?

Three reasons could account for the disparity in treatment:

The most obvious explanation is that elite media is populated by left-leaning reporters and editors not inclined to throw spotlights on a memo the contents of which Democratic senator Zell Miller has called the "first cousin of treason."

A second explanation focuses on the fact that Hannity--a radio and television guy, not a print fellow--got the scoop, and newspapers hate being upstaged by talking heads.

The third theory is the most plausible: The Democratic memo reveals that much of what the media has been focusing on for the past six months has been a set-up job. The staff and Democratic members of the Senate Intelligence Committee have been selling story after story (think the Niger yellowcake and "imminent" threat controversies). Out of whole cloth, they have contrived an ambiguous but ominous speculation about the Bush administration's sinister motives for invading Iraq. Now, through this one memo, they have been revealed as nothing short of cynical political operatives. And the reporters who ran with their hints



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1 posted on 11/13/2003 2:13:14 PM PST by swilhelm73
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To: swilhelm73
bump - lest we forget!
2 posted on 11/13/2003 2:26:04 PM PST by LiteKeeper
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To: swilhelm73
Your post cut off at the picture.

-PJ

3 posted on 11/13/2003 2:28:56 PM PST by Political Junkie Too (It's not safe yet to vote Democrat.)
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To: swilhelm73
A liberal news blackout on a democrat scandal? I'm shocked, shocked I tell you!
4 posted on 11/13/2003 2:32:12 PM PST by Bonaparte
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To: swilhelm73; My2Cents; onyx; MeeknMing; Dog; Timesink
The third theory is the most plausible: The Democratic memo reveals that much of what the media has been focusing on for the past six months has been a set-up job. The staff and Democratic members of the Senate Intelligence Committee have been selling story after story (think the Niger yellowcake and "imminent" threat controversies). Out of whole cloth, they have contrived an ambiguous but ominous speculation about the Bush administration's sinister motives for invading Iraq. Now, through this one memo, they have been revealed as nothing short of cynical political operatives. And the reporters who ran with their hints

Thanks for posting this article. Check out this Third theory in this post for why the media is ignoring the DemocRAT Intelligence Memo. Looks like some of the media were suckered by the democRATs for the last six months and don't want to admit that fact!

5 posted on 11/13/2003 2:32:20 PM PST by PhiKapMom (AOII Mom -- Don't forget to Visit/donate at http://www.georgewbush.com)
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To: Bonaparte
So I did...here is the rest

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are revealed as breathless and easily manipulated amateurs.

The media has to ignore the memo because to focus on it would be to focus on their own gullibility.

There is no escaping the hard fact that the Democratic staff embraced the "verdict first, trial later" approach to oversight. They were on a mission to undermine the president and his administration, no matter what the intelligence showed or will show, and the senators did nothing to rein in their out-of-control staff.

The committee's Democratic members are discredited, as are their previous and future attacks on the president. When it comes to the national security, the statements of Democratic senators simply cannot be trusted. The proof is in the memo.

6 posted on 11/13/2003 2:33:32 PM PST by swilhelm73
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To: PhiKapMom
Looks like some of the media were suckered by the democRATs for the last six months and don't want to admit that fact!

Suckered? Hardly! The major media are the willing handmaidens of the neocommunists. They just don't like being caught at it. (Sort've like the old Tom Lehrer song about the guy who majored in animal husbandry until they caught him at it).

7 posted on 11/13/2003 2:40:12 PM PST by Bernard Marx
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To: Bernard Marx
Tom Lehrer intro to "In Old Mexico":

I'm sure you're all aware that this week is National Gall Bladder Week, and so as sort of an educational feature at this point I thought I would acquaint you with some of the results of my recent researches into the career of the late Doctor Samuel Gall, inventor of the gall bladder, which certainly ranks as one of the more important technological advances since the invention of the joy buzzer and the dribble glass.

Dr. Gall's faith in his invention was so dramatically vindicated last year, as you no doubt recall, when, for the first time in history in a nationwide poll, the gall bladder was voted among the top ten organs. His educational career began, interestingly enough, in agricultural school, where he majored in animal husbandry, until they... caught him at it one day... whereupon he switched to the field of medicine, in which field he also won renown as the inventor of gargling, which prior to that time had been practiced only furtively by a remote tribe in the Andes who passed the secret down from father to son as part of their oral tradition.

He soon became a specialist, specializing in diseases of the rich. He was therefore able to retire at an early age... to the land we all dream about: sunny Mexico, of course, the last part of which is completely irrelevant, as was the whole thing, I guess, except it's a rather sneaky way of getting into this next type of popular song, which is one of those things about that magic and romantic land south of the border.

8 posted on 11/13/2003 2:57:47 PM PST by Am I Blue?
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To: yall
Full article text ...

The Weekly Standard


What Memo?
The reason the mainstream media is downplaying the Democratic Senate Intelligence Committee memo is because it implicates mainstream journalists.
by Hugh Hewitt
11/13/2003 12:00:00 AM


SEAN HANNITY'S big scoop is not generating the headlines it ought to. The memo Hannity obtained and made public that details the plans by Democratic staff on the Senate Intelligence Committee to politicize the committee's investigations in the service of partisan politics far overshadows in importance Secretary of Defense Don Rumsfeld's memo pushing the Pentagon to think about the hard problems ahead in the war on terrorism, but it has received significantly less attention than the Rumsfeld memo did.

Why?

Three reasons could account for the disparity in treatment:

The most obvious explanation is that elite media is populated by left-leaning reporters and editors not inclined to throw spotlights on a memo the contents of which Democratic senator Zell Miller has called the "first cousin of treason."

A second explanation focuses on the fact that Hannity--a radio and television guy, not a print fellow--got the scoop, and newspapers hate being upstaged by talking heads.

The third theory is the most plausible: The Democratic memo reveals that much of what the media has been focusing on for the past six months has been a set-up job. The staff and Democratic members of the Senate Intelligence Committee have been selling story after story (think the Niger yellowcake and "imminent" threat controversies). Out of whole cloth, they have contrived an ambiguous but ominous speculation about the Bush administration's sinister motives for invading Iraq. Now, through this one memo, they have been revealed as nothing short of cynical political operatives. And the reporters who ran with their hints

are revealed as breathless and easily manipulated amateurs.

The media has to ignore the memo because to focus on it would be to focus on their own gullibility.

There is no escaping the hard fact that the Democratic staff embraced the "verdict first, trial later" approach to oversight. They were on a mission to undermine the president and his administration, no matter what the intelligence showed or will show, and the senators did nothing to rein in their out-of-control staff.

The committee's Democratic members are discredited, as are their previous and future attacks on the president. When it comes to the national security, the statements of Democratic senators simply cannot be trusted. The proof is in the memo.

Hugh Hewitt is the host of The Hugh Hewitt Show, a nationally syndicated radio talkshow, and a contributing writer to The Daily Standard. His new book, In, But Not Of, has just been published by Thomas Nelson.


9 posted on 11/13/2003 3:09:34 PM PST by MeekOneGOP (Will work for tagline)
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To: Political Junkie Too; swilhelm73
Full article text on #9 ...

10 posted on 11/13/2003 3:11:11 PM PST by MeekOneGOP (Will work for tagline)
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To: JohnHuang2; RonDog
Hugh Hewitt

11 posted on 11/13/2003 3:12:16 PM PST by MeekOneGOP (Will work for tagline)
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To: PhiKapMom
Thanks for the ping ! Full text on #9 ...

12 posted on 11/13/2003 3:13:11 PM PST by MeekOneGOP (Will work for tagline)
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To: Bernard Marx
I was trying to be kind -- your comments are much more on the mark!
13 posted on 11/13/2003 3:17:42 PM PST by PhiKapMom (AOII Mom -- Don't forget to Visit/donate at http://www.georgewbush.com)
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To: MeeknMing
Thanks for posting the full text on the thread. This needs to be read by everyone! This has been planned for months and the media went along willingly!
14 posted on 11/13/2003 3:18:49 PM PST by PhiKapMom (AOII Mom -- Don't forget to Visit/donate at http://www.georgewbush.com)
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To: PhiKapMom; *CCRM; *Presstitutes
You're welcomed. The media suppressing a story because they could get egg on their face.

Imagine that !! ha ha !


15 posted on 11/13/2003 3:43:58 PM PST by MeekOneGOP (Will work for tagline)
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To: MeeknMing
BOOKMARKED. Excellent work Meek.
16 posted on 11/13/2003 3:52:25 PM PST by onyx
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To: PhiKapMom; backhoe
So disgusting. Our own media --- not work a damn.

Backhoe: for your *files* #9
17 posted on 11/13/2003 3:54:02 PM PST by onyx
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To: onyx
Thank you !

18 posted on 11/13/2003 4:21:07 PM PST by MeekOneGOP (Will work for tagline)
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To: PhiKapMom
It bears repeating:

The third theory is the most plausible: The Democratic memo reveals that much of what the media has been focusing on for the past six months has been a set-up job. The staff and Democratic members of the Senate Intelligence Committee have been selling story after story (think the Niger yellowcake and "imminent" threat controversies). Out of whole cloth, they have contrived an ambiguous but ominous speculation about the Bush administration's sinister motives for invading Iraq. Now, through this one memo, they have been revealed as nothing short of cynical political operatives. And the reporters who ran with their hints.

In fact, that's such a good statement that everyone should simply copy and paste it to a letter to the editor of their local newspaper.

19 posted on 11/13/2003 4:22:21 PM PST by My2Cents ("Well...there you go again.")
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To: swilhelm73
I predict that one of two things will happen next
1. The mainstream media will bury this story -- most people will never hear of it.
2. If #1 fails and too many people know that something happened (though many could not say exactly what happened), the media will go on to the next step: The media will all of the sudden say that the Republicans stole an important document "having to do with national security" and planned to exploit it for political advantage. The "honest" Democrats will of course be "outraged" and say that this is the "worst scandal since Watergate." The nature of the leaked document will never be revealed -- the media will only say vaguely that it had something to do with "national security." The spin machine and the compliant media will say that this is proof that Republicans cannot be trusted with matters of national security. I can smell this 1,000 miles away -- what should be exposed as a Democrat scandal will instead be spun as being the fault of those scheming Republicans. I predict that in two weeks the media will go on the offensive with their spin doctors.
20 posted on 11/13/2003 4:29:12 PM PST by Wilhelm Tell (Lurking since 1997!)
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To: My2Cents
Ditto and DONE.
21 posted on 11/13/2003 4:38:08 PM PST by onyx
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To: swilhelm73
BUMP!!!!!!
22 posted on 11/13/2003 4:39:43 PM PST by MonroeDNA (Please become a monthly donor!!! Just $3 a month--you won't miss it, and will feel proud!)
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To: swilhelm73
Compare the [minimal] coverage this has gotten with the media feeding frenzy over the alleged "RATS" subliminal message in a 1/24th second frame of a Republican political ad at the height of the 2000 election campaign. That gives you a clue about the biases of the media.
23 posted on 11/13/2003 4:50:40 PM PST by Steve_Seattle ("Above all, shake your bum at Burton.")
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To: swilhelm73
Thanks for the post, standing guard at the watchtower, keeping your eye on the enemy within.
24 posted on 11/13/2003 4:57:13 PM PST by PGalt
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To: swilhelm73
"the senators did nothing to rein in their out-of-control staff"

Hmmmm? If the staff member was a former appointee of Bill Clinton's, then it was the staff who was running things. You're right .. the senators did nothing to rein in the Hillary followers. Geeeee .. I wonder why ..??
25 posted on 11/13/2003 8:27:39 PM PST by CyberAnt (America .. the LIGHT of the World)
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To: doug from upland; ALOHA RONNIE; DLfromthedesert; PatiPie; flamefront; onyx; SMEDLEYBUTLER; Irma; ...
What Memo?
The reason the mainstream media is downplaying the Democratic Senate Intelligence Committee memo is because it implicates mainstream journalists.
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If you listen to Hugh Hewitt, or read his WND commentaries,
this PING list is for YOU!

Please post your comments, and BUMP!

(If you want OFF - or ON - my "Hugh Hewitt PING list" - please let me know)

26 posted on 11/13/2003 8:35:51 PM PST by RonDog
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To: RonDog
I saw an article about it in "The Hill", but I'm sure, though it's a very informative publication, it's probably still not that widely read.
27 posted on 11/13/2003 8:43:00 PM PST by DLfromthedesert
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To: Wilhelm Tell
The media will all of the sudden say that the Republicans stole an important document "having to do with national security"

The dems have already tried to say the memo was stolen. Hannity says the memo was neither stolen nor found in the trash, and says he looks forward to testifying under oath as to how he obtained it.

It will be hard to ignore tha memo forever, since the committee is tied up in knots about it.

28 posted on 11/13/2003 8:43:11 PM PST by js1138
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To: MeeknMing
This story deserves the ElRushbo Treatment that I'm sure he'll give it when he returns next Monday...this ain't an investigation the DemonRATS are pursuing, IT'S A WITCH HUNT!!

Not that I'm the least bit surprised, but having irrefutable proof like this ought to turn some heads...MUD

29 posted on 11/13/2003 8:55:17 PM PST by Mudboy Slim (RE-IMPEACH Osama bil Clinton!!)
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To: MeeknMing; RonDog; xm177e2; mercy; Wait4Truth; hole_n_one; GretchenEE; Clinton's a rapist; ...

Hugh Hewitt MEGA PING!!


30 posted on 11/13/2003 8:58:50 PM PST by JohnHuang2
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To: JohnHuang2
Bump backatcha, KingJohn...MUD
31 posted on 11/13/2003 8:59:40 PM PST by Mudboy Slim (RE-IMPEACH Osama bil Clinton!!)
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To: Mudboy Slim
Buenas noche, amigo
32 posted on 11/13/2003 9:00:50 PM PST by JohnHuang2
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To: JohnHuang2
Thanks for the heads up!
33 posted on 11/13/2003 9:01:43 PM PST by Alamo-Girl
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To: Alamo-Girl
Welcome :-)
34 posted on 11/13/2003 9:03:43 PM PST by JohnHuang2
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To: JohnHuang2
Es muy bueno...y frio...MUD
35 posted on 11/13/2003 9:07:10 PM PST by Mudboy Slim (RE-IMPEACH Osama bil Clinton!!)
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To: Mudboy Slim
No frio here yet. Give a couple of months...hehe
36 posted on 11/13/2003 9:08:16 PM PST by JohnHuang2
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To: JohnHuang2
You Floridians miss out on the joys of FourSeasons' livin'...LOL!!

FReegards...MUD

37 posted on 11/13/2003 9:11:48 PM PST by Mudboy Slim (RE-IMPEACH Osama bil Clinton!!)
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To: Mudboy Slim
You Floridians miss out on the joys of FourSeasons' livin

Tell me about it! hehehe

38 posted on 11/13/2003 9:13:05 PM PST by JohnHuang2
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To: RonDog
Hugh posits that the media have been duped. The Joe Wilson trumped up scandal is proof that the media whores for their democrat swans, rather than being even willing dupes. Hugh is too much of a gentleman to say that though, so I'll say it!
39 posted on 11/13/2003 9:18:10 PM PST by MHGinTN (If you can read this, you've had life support from someone. Promote life support for others.)
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To: JohnHuang2
Hey maybe those left coast FReepers could ship some of that LA snow to you?
40 posted on 11/13/2003 9:26:07 PM PST by GeronL (Visit www.geocities.com/geronl.....and.....www.returnoftheprimitive.com)
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To: Bonaparte
NO NO NO! You don't understand. Allow me to set you straight.
1 We all KNOW that the national media is conservative(right?), it has to be because it's owned by rich people and evil rich corp.(now stay with me)
2 The liberals (the true defenders of freedom of the press and speech) really did discover this memo and in spite of the fact that it would hurt their allies, and because of their unswerving dedication to "THE TRUTH" they published it for all the world to see. (the plot thicken!)
3 The evil rich people(what other kind of rich person is there?) and the Evil conservative corps. that own and control the media in a giant plot to make the left look bad squashed the story of the memo.
So you see it's all a giant nefarious plot(and they're the worst kind) by the VRWC.
41 posted on 11/13/2003 9:38:45 PM PST by Valin (We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.)
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To: JohnHuang2
Number 3 is the winner.
42 posted on 11/13/2003 9:44:11 PM PST by MEG33
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To: swilhelm73
Rats are AINOs!
43 posted on 11/13/2003 10:12:38 PM PST by Grampa Dave ("If you can read this, thank a teacher!....Since it is in English, thank a Veteran!")
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To: PhiKapMom
Perhaps for the fourth reason, they remember that the dems "queen" in waiting would be tarred quite liberally by that brush because of the actions of herself and her hubby.

I don't think they want Chinagate to rear it's ugly head again, or almost any one of a million and one scandals that might hurt them.

Think of a fish flopping on the bottom of a rowboat gasping for air - doesn't it remind you of what is happening to the Dems??
44 posted on 11/13/2003 11:03:54 PM PST by dixie sass (GOD bless America)
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To: Valin
LOL! Right outta their playbook!
45 posted on 11/14/2003 1:15:03 AM PST by Bonaparte
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To: Bernard Marx
"Suckered? Hardly!"

Preach it, brother!

46 posted on 11/14/2003 1:44:42 AM PST by Bonaparte
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To: Mudboy Slim
Yep ! I agree. I think Rushbo will hit this AND the 'RAT Senate obstruction story (The 30 hour talkathon by the GOP).

From some of the articles on Rush that I have seen, a lot of folks here on FR have written off Rush. I will be glad to see him come back (even though I don't hear his show very often). It will be interesting to see if he indeed is doing well (as EIB corporate indicated a week or so ago). I am willing to give him a chance and not condemn him. He screwed up, but sought help for his problem.

As I've been posting since he announced his problem and would get help ...

Monday, November 17th Rush will be back !! ...


47 posted on 11/14/2003 6:32:19 AM PST by MeekOneGOP (Will work for tagline)
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To: JohnHuang2
Hugh Hewitt has nailed it again!
48 posted on 11/14/2003 8:07:49 AM PST by blackie
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To: swilhelm73; blackie
Hugh has indeed nailed it, again. He is hammering this issue in a move right out of Joshua Micah Marshall's own playbook - Keep the issue hot until someone notices. But, unlike Mr. Marshall's political alchemy, Hugh is clinging to an issue that is meaningful, substantive, factual, scandalous, and truly a threat to the National Security and the well-being of our families. Unlike the silly Plame game, the seditious behavior of some (Democrat) members of the S.I.C. might very well get thousands (or ten's of thousands) or people killed.

Swing away, Hugh! Swing away!


49 posted on 11/14/2003 9:37:57 AM PST by Mr.Atos
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To: Mr.Atos
The RATS Are In Disarray ~ Eradicate The Rodents!

Fire Democrats ~ Hire Republicans!

Be Well ~ Be Armed ~ Be Safe ~ Molon Labe!

50 posted on 11/14/2003 10:38:19 AM PST by blackie
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