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Reynolds: 'Military Paper' Calling For Rummy Resignation Is Gannett Operation
NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein

Posted on 11/05/2006 8:48:53 AM PST by governsleastgovernsbest

On this morning's Meet The Press, Tim Russert tried to pass off the editorial in the "Army Times" and sister publications calling for Donald Rumsfeld's noggin as having some special significance. RNCC Chairman Tom Reynolds didn't let him get away with it. Reynolds exposed those so-called "military newspapers" as nothing more than cogs in the Gannett chain, a member-in-good-standing of the MSM whose flagship paper is the reliably-liberal USA Today.

Russert flashed the panel of the editorial shown here, and asked Reynolds:

Video here.

"Do you believe it would be helpful [to have] a change at the top of the Pentagon?"

That's when Reynolds unleashed this salvo:

"First of all, the Army Times editorial is written by its Gannett-owned newspaper, which is well-positioned [on the 'anti' side] in other editorial comment relative to the war. And so the editorial writers may be coming from Virginia rather from the military, particularly because it's owned by Gannett."

Incoming, Tim!

Aside: For more on the Gannett connection and the way the MSM has spun the editorial, see items here and here by NewsBusters John Stephenson and Michael Bates. See here for the Pentagon's rebuttal of the editorial.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Politics/Elections; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: armytimes; reynolds; rumsfeld; russert

1 posted on 11/05/2006 8:48:55 AM PST by governsleastgovernsbest
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Reynolds-rebuts-Russert ping to Today show list.


2 posted on 11/05/2006 8:51:39 AM PST by governsleastgovernsbest (Watching the Today Show since 2002 so you don't have to.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

At least the timing of the Gannett article wasn't suspicious...


3 posted on 11/05/2006 8:54:17 AM PST by Dog Gone
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

There is no content to these calls. Who do they want, instead? Do they like Ashley Wilkes who want to talk to Syria and Iran? What does he want to say, anyway? Hi!


4 posted on 11/05/2006 8:56:34 AM PST by ClaireSolt (Have you have gotten mixed up in a mish-masher?)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
Is is just me or lately doesn't it seem Tim Russert's personal hygeine is lacking?

He looks like he hasn't showered, his eyes are swollen from lack of sleep or water and his hair looks dirty and uncombed.

His clothing even seems like it was picked up off the floor and worn.

The contrast between his guests and himself is startling.

5 posted on 11/05/2006 8:58:07 AM PST by DCPatriot ("It aint what you don't know that kills you. It's what you know that aint so" Theodore Sturgeon)
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To: DCPatriot

Emulating Christopher Hitchens.


6 posted on 11/05/2006 9:02:04 AM PST by plangent
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
thx for the post.
7 posted on 11/05/2006 9:04:35 AM PST by Red6 (Weird thoughts -)
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To: plangent

I didn't know that Hitchens' appearance was likewise.


8 posted on 11/05/2006 9:04:56 AM PST by DCPatriot ("It aint what you don't know that kills you. It's what you know that aint so" Theodore Sturgeon)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
DOD Response to Army Times Editorial [aka Military Times]
9 posted on 11/05/2006 9:06:41 AM PST by michigander (The Constitution only guarantees the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

"They are now part of the Gannett Group (USAToday) and the writers for these four “military papers” also work at USAToday!"

The editorials carry as much weight as a similar editorial would in the New York Times.


10 posted on 11/05/2006 9:10:17 AM PST by windchime (I consider the left one of the fronts on the WOT.)
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To: DCPatriot
Vanity Fair also tried to hit the Bush administration at the last minute by quoting out of context the so-called neo Conservatives who allegedly reveresed their position.

Perle complains of Vanity unfair

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>(excerpt)I believed we should not repeat that mistake with Saddam Hussein, that we could not responsibly ignore the threat that he might make weapons of mass destruction available to terrorists who would use them to kill Americans. I favored removing his regime. And despite the current difficulties, I believed, and told Mr. Rose, that “if we had left Saddam in place, and he had shared nerve gas with Al Qaeda, or some other terrorist organization, how would we compare what we’re experiencing now with that?”

I believe the President is now doing what he can to help the Iraqis get to the point where we can honorably leave. We are on the right path. <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<

11 posted on 11/05/2006 9:10:34 AM PST by Stepan12 (NY Times: Bush finds cure for cancer; healthcare workers to suffer massive layoffs)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

HAHAHAHA eat your heart out; Rummy works at the pleasure of the President and the President said he's happy with him....


12 posted on 11/05/2006 9:14:13 AM PST by HarleyLady27 (My ? to libs: "Do they ever shut up on your planet?" "Grow your own DOPE: Plant a LIB!")
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

BUMP!


13 posted on 11/05/2006 9:14:32 AM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: windchime

I don't like Rumsfeld, but this stunt is a part of the most partisan, coordinated effort to influence an election ever undertaken by the American media. All of the usual suspects have joined arms to lie, distort, cajole, and incite the American public to turn out the hated Republicans.

They may succeed (in this election), but I think that in the long term they have committed collective hari kari. I certainly will never again buy a copy of the Army Times or USA Today.


14 posted on 11/05/2006 9:15:14 AM PST by centurion316 (Democrats - Supporting Al Qaida WorldwideA)
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To: centurion316
I certainly will never again buy a copy of the Army Times or USA Today.

I don't know how many other military people will respond as you have, but I must say that Gannet seems to be taking a suicidal risk to their profits for the sake of what will probably be a very minor political gain for the Democrats. I hope they suffer the consequences they deserve for pulling a blatant stunt like this.

Maybe the military needs to find some other way of announcing promotions and similar matters of interest, instead of releasing them through these newspapers. They are attempting to violate the principle of keeping politics out of the military, and they have violated, in perception if not actuality, the constitutional principle of civilian leadership of the military.

15 posted on 11/05/2006 9:34:17 AM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: centurion316

"All of the usual suspects have joined arms to lie, distort, cajole, and incite the American public to turn out the hated Republicans."

Smacks of desperation, doesn't it?


16 posted on 11/05/2006 9:59:12 AM PST by windchime (I consider the left one of the fronts on the WOT.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

The writers for those military publications are exactly like those for the NYT and Washington Post. They come from the same backgrounds.

The wife of a young man I know, (also knew her) got a three year assignment to an important country, where she is writing for the Stars and Stripes. They are both hard, hard leftwing, DU types.


17 posted on 11/05/2006 10:06:19 AM PST by billhilly
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To: plangent

"Emulating Christopher Hitchens."

Hitch looks like that because he really is drunk, bless his heart. What is Russert's excure? Drunk on power?


18 posted on 11/05/2006 10:08:10 AM PST by billhilly
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

bttt


19 posted on 11/05/2006 10:23:05 AM PST by shield (A wise man's heart is at his RIGHT hand; but a fool's heart at his LEFT. Ecc 10:2)
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To: Cicero

You have hit the nail on the head. I bought the paper for years in order to see promotion lists, school lists, pay charts; and those inside baseball stories that you couldn't find anywhere else.

But now, all services have a restricted intranet site that posts promotion lists, etc. on the day of release. Ditto with their web site and public releases. You don't have to wait for the Army Times anymore. There is little reason to buy the paper. And now that they have sold out and become a political shill, I think their fortunes are about to go south.


20 posted on 11/05/2006 11:09:31 AM PST by centurion316 (Democrats - Supporting Al Qaida WorldwideA)
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To: DCPatriot
Is is just me or lately doesn't it seem Tim Russert's personal hygeine is lacking? He looks like he hasn't showered, his eyes are swollen from lack of sleep or water and his hair looks dirty and uncombed.

His clothing even seems like it was picked up off the floor and worn.

The contrast between his guests and himself is startling.

No, it's not just you. Tim, the tater head, should really undergo an exorcism. The devil himself has taken him over, mentally and physically, to the dark side. It really is spooky...

21 posted on 11/05/2006 3:37:40 PM PST by demkicker (democrats, terrorists, Powell, McCain, Graham & Collins are intimate bedfellows)
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To: demkicker

He should have a valet 24/7, if his artistry is getting the better of him. /s


22 posted on 11/05/2006 3:40:25 PM PST by DCPatriot ("It aint what you don't know that kills you. It's what you know that aint so" Theodore Sturgeon)
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To: demkicker
No matter that his politics are not mine. And no matter that he's part of the MSM that I detest so much.

He seems like an interesting fellow and he loves his dad.

Somebody who has such high visibilty in a 24/7 new cycle shouldn't look like he hasn't slept in two days. I hope he's okay.

23 posted on 11/05/2006 3:47:52 PM PST by DCPatriot ("It aint what you don't know that kills you. It's what you know that aint so" Theodore Sturgeon)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
All retired and active military should request that the BX, PX and Ships Stores ban these anti-American publications from their stores. I will.
24 posted on 11/05/2006 4:29:52 PM PST by YOUGOTIT
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To: YOUGOTIT; All
What upsets me the most is the blatant attempt by Gannett, the day before the mid-term elections, to use the Military Times family of newspapers to influence the election for the Democrats. The Times family is being represented as a group of military papers. This is not true.

Gannett, publisher of USA Today, is so Democrat oriented, that a donkey should appear on its papers' mastheads.

Also disturbing is the timing of the news of the editorial just before the weekend news cycle - an obvious attempt to spike counter-editorial opinion.

The Army Times had sunk to the position of a partisan rag, and I shall never buy another copy. I shall encourage all to cancel their subscriptions.


They should be ashamed.

LTC, USA (Ret.)
25 posted on 11/06/2006 1:51:03 AM PST by ProudArmyRetiree (US Army (Ret.) and Proud Republican)
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