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Clarkes Golden Ticket
townhall.com ^ | 3/25/04 | Gary Aldrich

Posted on 03/24/2004 9:33:18 PM PST by kattracks

In a CBS 60 Minutes exclusive interview, Richard Clarke, a 30-year professional and White House insider on terrorism policy, lambasted the Bush Administration for inadequately preventing and properly handling the 9/11 crisis.

A few short years ago, another White House insider, also a 30-year professional and expert on national security matters, quit his job and wrote a book about the failures he witnessed while on the job.

That’s where the similarities between Richard Clarke and me end.

In 1996, Unlimited Access – An FBI Agent Inside the Clinton White House, hit every major bookstore, causing a firestorm of protest from the Clinton Administration.

This was expected. My book was highly critical of Clinton’s track record on national security, and very unsympathetic to Clinton’s staff, who I found to be a crude, classless bunch of hippy leftovers from the Sixties.

President Clinton and Hillary made on-the-record comments attacking my claims, and George Stephanopoulos, then Clinton’s top advisor, labeled me a “pathological liar.” The Clinton White House meant to play hardball, and my publisher and I could only brace ourselves for their blows. They had a track record of destroying their critics’ credibility, and they set out to destroy mine.

As soon as the Clinton White House protested to major media outlets that my book should not be believed, television networks dropped me like a hot potato.

Stephanopoulos then went back to the White House and bragged, “We killed it,” meaning that if I could not promote my book on TV, the game was over.

Although the book became #1 on every bestseller’s list, the real audience I was trying to reach – the millions of Americans who receive most of their opinion-forming information from television news – was closed to me. I was never able to re-establish my credibility with these millions, because the networks prevented me any airtime to do so.

To this day, I have never appeared on any CBS programming, even after my book was largely vindicated by sworn congressional testimony, legions of witnesses, and Bill Clinton’s 1998 impeachment. As far as CBS is concerned, I am dead.

Contrast my experience with how the television networks treat Richard Clarke. In spite of glaring contradictions about his various positions on terrorism matters, and in spite of the fact that Vice President Cheney and Condoleezza Rice, among others, refute the more spectacular claims in Clarke’s book as simply untrue, he continues to obtain remarkable television access. Thus he can hawk his book and promote his obviously biased message that President Bush’s handling of the war on terror was seriously flawed.

When my book came out, I was falsely aligned with the Dole campaign and “Big Tobacco”, the convenient boogie man of that time.  Both claims were ridiculous fabrications.  But Richard Clarke and Rand Beers are openly described as “best buddies”, while Beers, who worked with Clarke at the White House, now has a lead position in Senator John Kerry’s presidential campaign.  Yet, no television talking head asks the obvious questions about Clarke’s political associations or motivations – besides selling a book.

A clue to Clarke’s attitude and credibility can be found in a sentence from his major revelations about President Bush’s “obsession” with making war with Iraq.  Clarke states that two days after September 11, 2001, Bush “dragged” him into the White House Situation Room to grill him about connections between Iraq and the attack.  My first reaction to this claim is to doubt that two days after 9/11, any red-blooded American patriot would have to be “dragged in” to see the president about how to respond to the attacks. 

Instead, I imagine every person working in the White House was eager to make a contribution to protect this nation.  Clarke’s suggestion that the president of the United States dragged him anywhere is a good indication of the size of the ego of this man.  It’s also a classic tail-wagging-the-dog mentality often found in career bureaucrats.

But Clarke’s biggest fudge is obvious.  He worked in the Clinton White House for eight years, closely monitoring each attack made on U.S. interests by Osama bin Laden.  He was also privy to intelligence connecting Saddam Hussein to al Qaeda, long before 9/11.  President Bush’s question about a connection between the two was logical, and based on prior intelligence Clarke would have reviewed.

Clarke’s convenient blindness to these facts is clear evidence of his political motivations.  The television networks’ blindness to Clarke’s purposeful memory loss is nothing more than classic media bias.

Gary Aldrich is president and founder of The Patrick Henry Center for Individual Liberty, a Townhall.com member group.

©2004 Gary W. Aldrich

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TOPICS: Editorial; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: 1996; cbs; garyaldrich; richardclarke; unlimitedaccess; x42

1 posted on 03/24/2004 9:33:18 PM PST by kattracks
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To: kattracks
Ramsey Clark, Wesley Clark, Richard Clarke.

We have a new adjective, as in Neville Chamberlain was a real Clark-hole.


2 posted on 03/24/2004 9:40:10 PM PST by evolved_rage (All your base are belong to us.)
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To: evolved_rage
Clarke-Clymer Hole!!!!:-(
3 posted on 03/24/2004 9:41:54 PM PST by Defender2 (Defending Our Bill of Rights, Our Constitution, Our Country and Our Freedom!!!!)
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To: kattracks
Chrissy Matthews should read this. He went after Terry Holt for attacking Clarke. He said they all have talking points and attacks no substance.
4 posted on 03/24/2004 9:45:29 PM PST by Brimack34
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To: kattracks
But Clarke’s biggest fudge is obvious. He worked in the Clinton White House for eight years, closely monitoring each attack made on U.S. interests by Osama bin Laden. He was also privy to intelligence connecting Saddam Hussein to al Qaeda, long before 9/11. President Bush’s question about a connection between the two was logical, and based on prior intelligence Clarke would have reviewed.
Clarke’s convenient blindness to these facts is clear evidence of his political motivations. The television networks’ blindness to Clarke’s purposeful memory loss is nothing more than classic media bias.


Truly frightening, but oh so frighteningly true...
5 posted on 03/24/2004 9:46:38 PM PST by KangarooJacqui (The Internet - it's a jungle out there... *brushes vines away from screen*)
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To: kattracks
INTREP - Not a good year for people named Clark(e)
6 posted on 03/24/2004 9:52:19 PM PST by LiteKeeper
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To: evolved_rage
When enough of his own words reach the airwaves, it could be "The Last Train to Clarksville" for him...
7 posted on 03/24/2004 9:52:25 PM PST by Army Air Corps (Communism failed because people like to own stuff)
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To: kattracks
Are you implying there is media bias? I thought they just report the news? :-)
8 posted on 03/24/2004 10:03:15 PM PST by NewLand (The Bush Campaign has their high value target surrounded.)
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To: KangarooJacqui; kattracks
The television networks’ blindness to Clarke’s purposeful memory loss is nothing more than classic media bias.

The Clarke affair is much worse than "classic" media bias.

This is an all-out, very undemocratic assault on the Bush Administration.

9 posted on 03/24/2004 10:04:31 PM PST by Spotsy (Bush-Cheney '04)
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To: Brimack34
Chrissy Matthews should read this. He went after Terry Holt for attacking Clarke. He said they all have talking points and attacks no substance

I saw that .. Chrissy acted like he never rec'd talking points from the DNC

10 posted on 03/24/2004 10:12:42 PM PST by Mo1 (Do you want a president who injects poison into his skull for vanity?)
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To: Spotsy
This is an all-out, very undemocratic assault on the Bush Administration.

Perpetrated by the Propagandist Press.

11 posted on 03/24/2004 10:13:00 PM PST by kattracks
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To: NewLand
Are you implying there is media bias? I thought they just report the news? :-)

Bob Kerrey was slamming Fox news for having th gull to actually report the truth

12 posted on 03/24/2004 10:14:23 PM PST by Mo1 (Do you want a president who injects poison into his skull for vanity?)
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To: evolved_rage
Good one. LOL
13 posted on 03/24/2004 10:14:26 PM PST by nopardons
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To: kattracks
Goebbels must be smiling.
14 posted on 03/24/2004 10:15:58 PM PST by nopardons
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To: evolved_rage

15 posted on 03/24/2004 10:18:08 PM PST by Fiddlstix (This Space Available for Rent or Lease by the Day, Week, or Month. Reasonable Rates. Inquire within.)
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To: kattracks
Clark is the new Alger Hiss, a fraud, a liar and a fiend, and of course a hero to the left. He will suffer Hiss' fate, he will be hailed, promoted, honored and paid lavishly for socialist speaking engagements in perpetuity.
16 posted on 03/24/2004 10:45:03 PM PST by Outraged
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To: kattracks
Media bias ought to be taken out and stomped to death.
17 posted on 03/24/2004 10:54:06 PM PST by Bullish
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To: Mo1
Bob Kerrey was slamming Fox news for having th gull to actually report the truth

aha! their greatest fear realized...exposure of the truth for all to see.

18 posted on 03/24/2004 11:02:39 PM PST by NewLand (The Bush Campaign has their high value target surrounded.)
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To: NewLand
aha! their greatest fear realized...exposure of the truth for all to see.

Well the way Kerrey and some other liberals totally freaked out about this

I'd say they are scared to death

19 posted on 03/24/2004 11:13:03 PM PST by Mo1 (Do you want a president who injects poison into his skull for vanity?)
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To: kattracks
I can't wait until Stepphie-boy ends up in hell.
20 posted on 03/24/2004 11:21:52 PM PST by Fledermaus ( Frm ^;;^ says, "John Kerry is an admitted War Criminal and should thus be in jail"!)
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To: Mo1
I'd say they are scared to death

21 posted on 03/24/2004 11:22:30 PM PST by NewLand (The Bush Campaign has their high value target surrounded.)
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To: Spotsy
"This is an all-out, very undemocratic assault on the Bush Administration."

It's also a major breach of journalistic ethics by CBS. Viacom owns CBS and also owns Simon & Schuster which is the publisher of Clarke's book. The Clarke interviews were not just Kerry campaign contributions in kind, they were advertisements for a product the parent company will be directly profitting from. At no time, did CBS level with its viewers about this glaring conflict of interest.

22 posted on 03/25/2004 12:14:27 AM PST by Bonaparte
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To: kattracks
The Bush administration is not as comfortable using the tactics of the Soviets to control the media.

BUT I AM!
23 posted on 03/25/2004 1:20:09 AM PST by Enduring Freedom (Guess How We Ended Japanese Kamikaze Attacks?)
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