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Russert, Lauer Singin' in Dems Defense on Terror
Today Show/NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein

Posted on 09/07/2006 5:29:11 AM PDT by governsleastgovernsbest

Edited on 09/07/2006 5:48:06 AM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]

by Mark Finkelstein

September 7, 2006 - 08:00

Winter, spring, summer or fall, All you've got to do is call. Lord, I'll be there, yes I will. You've got a friend. - James Taylor, 'You've Got a Friend'

Was it an interview, or a benefit concert - 'Dem-Aid'? Matt Lauer and Tim Russert got a one-day headstart this morning on the Today show's traditional Friday music-on-the-mall. In the course of their conversation, Matt and Tim went karaoke on us, the duo belting out a heartfelt rendition of 'You've Got a Friend' to their buddies in the Democratic party.

Yesterday, President Bush announced that 14 heavyweight terrorists, including presumed 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, had been transfered to Guantanamo. President Bush is now calling on Congress to promptly pass legislation establishing war tribunals for the trial of the accused terrorists. The news creates a terrible bind for Democrats, forced to agree with the president on an element of the war on terror. The depth of the Dems' dilemman was evidenced by a clip Today played of Nancy Pelosi having to admit, if grudgingly, that she was "very pleased" by the news of the transfer and impending trials.

Before even a note was sounded, Today had set the stage with the graphic on display here, writing off the president's move as "the politics of terror." But once he began, Lauer wasted no time in playing the president's move as sheer political calculation.

Lauer: "Let's talk about the timing of this. The Supreme Court handed the administration a defeat on this subject back in June, so several months ago. The president any time in the last couple of months could have made this announcement. Why did he wait until now?"

Russert was happy to sing along: "Or he could have done it on November 8th, the day after the mid-term elections. But the political and legislative calendar is front and center there's no doubt about it. This was important politically for the president because it focuses the conversation on September 11th and not Iraq. And you heard Kelly, the Congress must deal with this issue. And so for the next three weeks the president will be saying where is the bill? Where is the bill? Where are my war tribunals?"

Lauer even 'helpfully' sung a line of defense for the Dems: "If you are a Member of Congress, you will say you could have given us months to discuss this. You've now given us three weeks!"

Matt invited us to hum along with those poor Dems, put in the terrible position of doing something right on terror: "So put yourself in the position of a Democratic lawmaker today, Tim [and gosh knows that shouldn't be too hard for the former senior aide to Mario Cuomo]. If that woman or that man stands up and says I am opposed to this, I don't want to discuss this, I want more time, they're going to be seen or painted by the administration and Republicans as weak on national security."

Right on key, Tim crooned back: "Precisely. And that's the attempt over the next three weeks."

If the sky above the Dems should turn dark and full of clouds, and that old north wind should begin to blow, the MSM will be there. Ain't it good to know that you've got a friend?


TOPICS: Cuba; Culture/Society; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: democrats; guantanamo; jamestaylor; ksm; lauer; nbc; russert; terrorism; todayshow; trials; wartribunals; wot

1 posted on 09/07/2006 5:29:14 AM PDT by governsleastgovernsbest
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To: Behind Liberal Lines; Miss Marple; an amused spectator; netmilsmom; Diogenesis; YaYa123; MEG33; ...

Today Show/NewsBusters Baby-James ping.


2 posted on 09/07/2006 5:29:57 AM PDT by governsleastgovernsbest (Watching the Today Show since 2002 so you don't have to.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Why Rush Limbaugh thinks Tim Russert is a good and fair guy is waaaaaay beyond me. He is a Democrat HACK.


3 posted on 09/07/2006 5:32:33 AM PDT by Suzy Quzy ("When Cabals Go Kabooms"....upcoming book on Mary McCarthy's Coup-Plotters.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

AFAIC, the less time Congress has to discuss anything the better. We're better of with them doing nothing.

BTW, doesn't today mark the start of the 'blackout' of advertising according to McCain-Feingold's CFR, with respect to the November 7th elections?


4 posted on 09/07/2006 5:34:03 AM PDT by Rummyfan
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To: xzins
The news creates a terrible bind for Democrats, forced to agree with the president on an element of the war on terror. The depth of the Dems' dilemman was evidenced by a clip Today played of Nancy Pelosi having to admit, if grudgingly, that she was "very pleased" by the news of the transfer and impending trials.

Tell me this wasn't a brillant move...

5 posted on 09/07/2006 5:35:27 AM PDT by Dog (Crikey!)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
I walked through the kitchen this AM as Mrs. Pharmboy had Tim and Matt on and I heard a bit of it. As I passed by, I said to the beautiful Mrs. P: "How can you listen to these democrat operatives masquerading as newspeople?"

I think she likes the fluffier stuff.

But, thanks for posting.

6 posted on 09/07/2006 5:36:07 AM PDT by Pharmboy (Every single day provides at least one new reason to hate the mainstream media...)
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To: Suzy Quzy

I don't think that Rush has much respect for Russert anymore; he refers to him as "Dim Russert" on his show. I think that Russert has really hurt himself over the past with his outrageous bias.


7 posted on 09/07/2006 5:36:19 AM PDT by Laverne
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To: Pharmboy

You've got great antennae for MSM bias!


8 posted on 09/07/2006 5:37:18 AM PDT by governsleastgovernsbest (Watching the Today Show since 2002 so you don't have to.)
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To: Southack
Matt invited us to hum along with those poor Dems, put in the terrible position of doing something right on terror: "So put yourself in the position of a Democratic lawmaker today, Tim [and gosh knows that shouldn't be too hard for the former senior aide to Tip O'Neill]. If that woman or that man stands up and says I am opposed to this, I don't want to discuss this, I want more time, they're going to be seen or painted by the administration and Republicans as weak on national security."
9 posted on 09/07/2006 5:37:39 AM PDT by Dog (Crikey!)
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To: Laverne

Dim Russert?? Are you sure??? I've always heard him have reaspect...unwarranted for sure....for Tim the Toad.


10 posted on 09/07/2006 5:39:13 AM PDT by Suzy Quzy ("When Cabals Go Kabooms"....upcoming book on Mary McCarthy's Coup-Plotters.)
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To: Dog; All

Mea culpa: Russert was senior aide to Mario Cuomo, not Tip O'Neill. I've asked the moderator to correct my error.


11 posted on 09/07/2006 5:39:30 AM PDT by governsleastgovernsbest (Watching the Today Show since 2002 so you don't have to.)
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To: Suzy Quzy; Laverne
I've always heard him have reaspect...unwarranted for sure....for Tim the Toad.

It's been over for some time.

12 posted on 09/07/2006 5:41:48 AM PDT by Bahbah (Goldwasser, Regev and Shalit, we are praying for you...)
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To: Dog
Tell me this wasn't a brillant move...

ROVEalicious

13 posted on 09/07/2006 5:42:04 AM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

the "the politics of terror" ??


14 posted on 09/07/2006 5:42:18 AM PDT by Mo1 (Think about it .. A Speaker Nancy Pelosi could be 2 seats away from being President)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Sir you get a free pass on that boo boo....don't worry about it.


15 posted on 09/07/2006 5:42:50 AM PDT by Dog (Crikey!)
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To: Dog

Thanks, Dog.


16 posted on 09/07/2006 5:44:28 AM PDT by governsleastgovernsbest (Watching the Today Show since 2002 so you don't have to.)
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To: Dog
Tell me this wasn't a brillant move...

I just saw a news clip of Chuckie Schummer on Fox & Friends of him saying .. All the President had to do was ask us to give him these powers and we would have been more them happy to work with him and give him the tools he needed

17 posted on 09/07/2006 5:45:47 AM PDT by Mo1 (Think about it .. A Speaker Nancy Pelosi could be 2 seats away from being President)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
'Dem-Aid'

LMAO... it was 'Dem-Orientation Day' at pmsNBC yesterday.

18 posted on 09/07/2006 5:46:45 AM PDT by johnny7 (“And what's Fonzie like? Come on Yolanda... what's Fonzie like?!”)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

I suspect this telethon they had yesterday didn't go over too well. They're angrier than they were yesterday.


19 posted on 09/07/2006 5:47:17 AM PDT by BigSkyFreeper (There is no alternative to the GOP except varying degrees of insanity.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Yeah, I sometimes confuse Russert with Matthews, too.


20 posted on 09/07/2006 5:48:22 AM PDT by savedbygrace (SECURE THE BORDERS FIRST (I'M YELLING ON PURPOSE))
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To: Suzy Quzy

That is what I have heard Rush say. Recall there was a time when Rush would sit down with Russert for an annual interview/discussion. That has NOT happened in the past few years, giving more evidence that Rush has lost respect for the biased liar Fat Tim.


21 posted on 09/07/2006 5:48:40 AM PDT by Laverne
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

And it never occurred to one of these brainchilds that they (Congress) could have thought up this legislation all on their own after SCOTUS handed down its decision in June?

They have to wait for the President to ASK for legislation like this? ROFL


22 posted on 09/07/2006 5:49:58 AM PDT by Peach (The Clintons pardoned more terrorists than they ever captured or killed.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Of course we know that the Dems never do anything for political calculation (Clinton, Tomahawk, Lewinsky)


23 posted on 09/07/2006 5:50:46 AM PDT by VeniVidiVici (Rabid ethnicist.)
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To: Mo1

Correct me if I am wrong but I think when the Supreme Court handed down their decision some months back, the White House did request this?


24 posted on 09/07/2006 5:54:11 AM PDT by 7thson (I've got a seat at the big conference table! I'm gonna paint my logo on it!)
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To: savedbygrace

Exactly. The moderator has now fixed the error in the main text, by the way.


25 posted on 09/07/2006 5:54:44 AM PDT by governsleastgovernsbest (Watching the Today Show since 2002 so you don't have to.)
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To: 7thson

The USSC decision came down at the end of June

And Matt and Timmy seem to forget that Congress was not in session in the month of August .. they just came back in session this week

They also forget this


http://www.senate.gov/~lgraham/index.cfm?mode=presspage&id=258047

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Jon Kyl (R-AZ) today issued the following statement on the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on the Hamdan case:

“We are disappointed with the Supreme Court’s decision. However, we believe the problems cited by the Court can and should be fixed.


"It is inappropriate to try terrorists in civilian courts. It threatens our national security and places the safety of jurors in danger. For those reasons and others, we believe terrorists should be tried before military commissions.


"In his opinion, Justice Breyer set forth the path to a solution of this problem. He wrote, ‘Nothing prevents the president from returning to Congress to seek the authority he believes necessary.’


"We intend to pursue legislation in the Senate granting the Executive Branch the authority to ensure that terrorists can be tried by competent military commissions. Working together, Congress and the administration can draft a fair, suitable, and constitutionally permissible tribunal statute."



26 posted on 09/07/2006 6:03:53 AM PDT by Mo1 (Think about it .. A Speaker Nancy Pelosi could be 2 seats away from being President)
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To: Mo1

Nicely done - thanks for posting.


27 posted on 09/07/2006 6:05:05 AM PDT by governsleastgovernsbest (Watching the Today Show since 2002 so you don't have to.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

What's unfortunate is that Tim is supposed to be a news guy. A news guy should give his audience the facts. Tim knows that nothing happens in August because of recess, and he knows it takes more than a couple of weeks for the government to put together a bill on something of this importance.

Therefore, he knows that the week following labor day WAS the first week would could have expected this bill. He could have pointed these facts out and made his audience just a little smarter. He could have explained that democrats complaining about the timing were therefore making a political matter out of this, not the President.

But he didn't, because he's singing the democrat talking points.

I could stand the liberal opinion if they would just give us the facts first so people could see that their opinions are baseless.


28 posted on 09/07/2006 6:09:05 AM PDT by CharlesWayneCT
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Good post.


29 posted on 09/07/2006 6:17:38 AM PDT by 7thson (I've got a seat at the big conference table! I'm gonna paint my logo on it!)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
You're welcome

Though I want to state for the record, I don't trust Graham with this kind of legislation

I just wanted to point out the BS from Matt and Timmy
30 posted on 09/07/2006 6:17:44 AM PDT by Mo1 (Think about it .. A Speaker Nancy Pelosi could be 2 seats away from being President)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
Before even a note was sounded, Today had set the stage with the graphic on display here, writing off the president's move as "the politics of terror." But once he began, Lauer wasted no time in playing the president's move as sheer political calculation.

Russert and Lauer. The Dim Duet.

I wonder how many of the Today Show regular viewers actually bother to vote?

31 posted on 09/07/2006 6:17:49 AM PDT by Starboard
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To: 7thson

Thanks, 7th, glad you enjoyed it.


32 posted on 09/07/2006 6:22:44 AM PDT by governsleastgovernsbest (Watching the Today Show since 2002 so you don't have to.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
"So put yourself in the position of a Democratic lawmaker today, Tim. If that woman or that man stands up and says I am opposed to this, I don't want to discuss this, I want more time, they're going to be seen or painted by the administration and Republicans as weak on national security."

Translation:

"So put yourself in the position of a Democratic lawmaker today, Tim. IfWhen that woman or that manDemocrat stands up and says I am opposed to this, I don't want to discuss this, I want more time, they're going to be seen or painted exposed by the administration and Republicans as weak on national security."

BTW, why are Republicans able to deal with tis in 3 weeks time, but not the DUmmies? I thought they were all so smart?

33 posted on 09/07/2006 6:33:25 AM PDT by NewLand (Posting against liberalism since the 20th century!)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Did you catch Ann Curry's interview with Jersey Girl, Kristen Breitweiser?

Four alarm MSM bias barf alert!


34 posted on 09/07/2006 6:46:08 AM PDT by maggief
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To: All

Note to self on the West coast: Don't watch the Today show today unless you want your blood pressure to go sky-high


35 posted on 09/07/2006 6:51:08 AM PDT by ClarenceThomasfan (It's like a plantation - and you know what I mean!)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
Mea culpa: Russert was senior aide to Mario Cuomo, not Tip O'Neill.

Entirely understandable. It's easy enough to confuse Russert with the Dem hack from (MS)NBC who was a top aide to O'Neill.

36 posted on 09/07/2006 6:52:35 AM PDT by freespirited (We have met the enemy and it is Wal-Mart. ---The Democratic Party)
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To: ClarenceThomasfan

That sounds like a good policy regarding all network news. Yesterday on the CBS news, this reporter was entrenched with the Taliban as they were shooting at our soldiers, then in the next segment with American soldiers. I don't think that meets the standards for being a good journalist. They place the importance of being "objective" over being American. I could never mingle with the Taliban like she was, unless I could get intel and pass it on to our guys. Somehow, I doubt that was her intention.


37 posted on 09/07/2006 6:55:22 AM PDT by Publius64 (http://catholicpublius.blogspot.com)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
Typical of the DBM to NOT deal with the SUBSTANCE of national policy in the War against Islamofacists but rather frame it around timing or motives or some other tangential issue.

If this was the decision of a Democrat President it would be hailed as a brilliant political move in response to the Supreme Courts decision of June.

38 posted on 09/07/2006 6:58:08 AM PDT by PISANO
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

There is an old gambling ploy where when someone raises, you reraise back.

The Dems COULD re-raise and ask for the death penalty for the terrs, but they lack the will and the guts.

They've been hammering Bush and now they cry foul? Politics ain't beanbag.


39 posted on 09/07/2006 7:11:12 AM PDT by wildbill
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

If this was a brilliant move and we want the Dems to have to vote on these issues, why are you upset that Russert reported that? Since when is it biased to report the truth? Is he supposed to say I have no idea why they are doing it now or create some other reason. It's obvious that at least part of the reason is political.


40 posted on 09/07/2006 7:18:27 AM PDT by Dave S
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Questioning the timing. Dem Tactics 101. Funny thing is, why not time something correctly? The idea is to accomplish something. That's the part Dems don't get.


41 posted on 09/07/2006 8:24:30 AM PDT by Huck (There is a $2.00 service charge for this tagline---do you still wish to proceed?)
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To: maggief

Missed it - darn! Do you recall roughly when it was on? I'll check the CC transcript.


42 posted on 09/07/2006 8:36:17 AM PDT by governsleastgovernsbest (Watching the Today Show since 2002 so you don't have to.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Shortly before I posted, 8:46:08 AM CDT.

You MUST see/read this one.


43 posted on 09/07/2006 8:48:54 AM PDT by maggief
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To: maggief

Found it. OMG!! Curry tries to push Breitweiser even further than she is willing to go, and ends with "from your pages to God's ears." Incredible. The CC transcript isn't perfect but I'll try to put something together. Many thanks for the heads-up. Hat top heading your way.


44 posted on 09/07/2006 8:55:15 AM PDT by governsleastgovernsbest (Watching the Today Show since 2002 so you don't have to.)
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To: Suzy Quzy

Russert hit the number 1 spot on my news reporters plane crash list when he dribbled over Hillary on his Meet the Depressed segment begging her to become President...his actions were absolutely nauseating...


45 posted on 09/07/2006 8:58:33 AM PDT by auto power
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To: auto power

I think he is soooo pathetic on Imus....how THAT doesn't catch up to him, I'll never know.


46 posted on 09/07/2006 9:00:26 AM PDT by Suzy Quzy ("When Cabals Go Kabooms"....upcoming book on Mary McCarthy's Coup-Plotters.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
Rush said they were having on a Dem 'telethon' on one of those MSN or MSNBC stations. Losers. LOL, I'll have to tune in tonight for Rush on CBS.
47 posted on 09/07/2006 10:17:01 AM PDT by AmericaUnite
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