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Panic Over Possible Pardon, ABC Compares Libby Case to Plight of Cocaine Dealer
http://newsbusters.org/ ^ | July 3, 2007 | Brent Baker

Posted on 07/04/2007 7:22:39 AM PDT by lowbridge

Panic Over Possible Pardon, ABC Compares Libby Case to Plight of Cocaine Dealer

Posted by Brent Baker on July 3, 2007 - 20:28.

Broadcast network anchors and reporters on Tuesday night seemed to be in a near panic over the possibility President Bush might yet pardon Lewis “Scooter” Libby, while ABC's Martha Raddatz illustrated special treatment for Libby by highlighting a man sentenced to 20 years for selling cocaine, whose commutation request Bush rejected, and Martha Stewart who served five months for violations similar to Libby's. With “Libby PARDON?” on screen, NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams warned that Bush is “not ruling out the possibility of a full pardon.” Bush remarked on Tuesday that “as to the future, I'm, you know, rule nothing in and nothing out.” CBS Evening News anchor Katie Couric made that her hook, citing “a lot more fireworks today...sparked by what the President said he may or may not do in the future.” Bill Plante began: “A day after he commuted Lewis Libby's prison sentence, President Bush raised the ante by leaving the door open to an eventual pardon.”

ABC anchor Charles Gibson teased World News: “Angry reaction to President Bush sparing Scooter Libby jail time while the President doesn't rule out granting Libby a full pardon.” Martha Raddatz reported: “Mr. Bush took it one step further today, saying a full pardon for Libby is not off the table.” After running a clip of White House Press Secretary Tony Snow maintaining “you do not engage in these acts for symbolic or political reasons,” Raddatz charged: “But that is going to be a hard accusation to shake. At the very least, Libby went to the front of the line. There are currently close to 2,000 commutation requests pending. More than 4,000 have already been denied. During his nearly seven years in office, President Bush has granted only four commutations, including Libby.” She proceeded to highlight how “former Kansas City Royals slugger Willie Mays Aikens, was sentenced to 20 years in prison in 1994 for selling two ounces of crack,” but “Aikens' request to have his sentence commuted was turned down by President Bush.”

But no matter how many commutations or pardons Bush grants, you could always find another sympathetic case of injustice.

MRC analyst Brad Wilmouth corrected the closed-captioning against the video for the July 3 World News story on ABC:

CHARLES GIBSON: Now, to today's noisy fallout from President Bush's decision to commute the sentence of Lewis "Scooter" Libby. The fact that Libby's conviction for lying in the CIA leak investigation stands, while he is spared from serving any prison time, didn't seem to satisfy anyone, except, perhaps, the President himself. Or at least that's what it sounded like in Washington today. Our chief White House correspondent, Martha Raddatz, is there. Martha?

MARTHA RADDATZ: Charlie, the President was unapologetic today, despite criticism from all sides. Mr. Bush took it one step further today, saying a full pardon for Libby is not off the table.

GEORGE W. BUSH: As to the future, I'm, you know, rule nothing in and nothing out.

RADDATZ: But the reaction has been immediate and intense. The Democratic National Committee posted a Web ad slamming the President.

AUDIO OF BUSH, in clip of ad: I expect every member of this administration to stay well within the boundaries that define legal and ethical conduct.

RADDATZ: The President's conservative base was not happy either, Demanding a full pardon.

TONY SNOW: The point of this is that you do not engage in these acts for symbolic or political reasons.

RADDATZ: But that is going to be a hard accusation to shake. At the very least, Libby went to the front of the line. There are currently close to 2,000 commutation requests pending. More than 4,000 have already been denied. During his nearly seven years in office, President Bush has granted only four commutations including Libby.

MARGARET LOVE, Attorney: The thing that I hope most is that this will encourage him to grant some pardons and commutations to ordinary people.

RADDATZ: Margaret Love's client, former Kansas City Royals slugger Willie Mays Aikens, was sentenced to 20 years in prison in 1994 for selling two ounces of crack.

WILLIE MAYS AIKENS, Former Kansas City Royals first baseman (2003 video from ESPN): For the crime that I committed, I believe that I, you know, I've done enough time. It's time for me to go home.

RADDATZ: Aikens' request to have his sentence commuted was turned down by President Bush. He has another request pending. And there is, of course, the case of Martha Stewart. Like Libby, she was convicted of perjury and obstruction charges. She served five months in jail. But the White House insists that Scooter Libby has already suffered enough. Charlie.



TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Philosophy
KEYWORDS: abc; abcdisneynews; bias; boycottdisney; cialeak; dnctalkingpoints; libby; mediabias; msm; nifongism; pardon; scooterlibby
The negativity is heavy in this piece:

"noisy fallout, didn't seem to satisfy anyone, the President was unapologetic today, despite criticism from all sides, reaction has been immediate and intense, Democratic National Committee posted a Web ad slamming the President, President's conservative base was not happy either, hard accusation to shake."

Just stick the name "Bush" in between all those words, and voila, you have a news story.

ABC couldnt find people in favor of the commutation? I know I can. Besides which, if they had to compare the Libby case to the plight of a Drug dealer, how about comparing it to Bill Clintons pardon of Dan Lasater and his brother Roger? Or does that make too much sense?

1 posted on 07/04/2007 7:22:42 AM PDT by lowbridge
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To: lowbridge
As Hugh Hewitt mentioned, there's a reason Tony Blair called the media "a feral beast." If you listen to the audio cuts, Tony Snow's press conference illustrates it beautifully.

Mind-blowing, to say the least.

2 posted on 07/04/2007 7:26:10 AM PDT by truthkeeper (It's the borders, stupid./LOUD and PROUD!)
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To: lowbridge

What was the name of Hillary’s law partner who fell on his sword for them? Was he pardoned?


3 posted on 07/04/2007 7:29:59 AM PDT by Mercat
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To: lowbridge

“panic over possible pardon”

yeah. the liberals/communists are in a panic because a main part of their revolution schedule has been set back. (why didn’t they panic when bill and hillary redefined the word “is”, and when they pardoned a bunch of drug dealers and terrorists?)


4 posted on 07/04/2007 7:33:30 AM PDT by ripley
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To: Mercat

Wasn’t that Webb whatever?


5 posted on 07/04/2007 7:33:52 AM PDT by truthkeeper (It's the borders, stupid./LOUD and PROUD!)
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To: Mercat

Web Hubbell: No pardon.


6 posted on 07/04/2007 7:34:18 AM PDT by lowbridge (If You’re Gonna Burn Our Flag, Wrap Yourself in It First /No Oil for Pacifists)
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To: lowbridge

“President’s conservative base was not happy either”

My question is why couldn’t Libby get a sweetheart deal like Sandy Berger did? This all could have been avoided if Bush had properly cleaned the Clinton people out of the Justice Deparment at the start. The firing of only 8 U.S. Attorney’s wasn’t nearly enough-he should have replaced them all like Clinton did.


7 posted on 07/04/2007 7:36:43 AM PDT by Spok
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To: lowbridge
I’m sure dear Martha said nothing when Clinton pardoned the Puerto Rican terrorists and fugitive felon Marc Rich.
8 posted on 07/04/2007 7:40:22 AM PDT by The Great RJ ("Mir we bleiwen wat mir sin" or "We want to remain what we are." ..Luxembourg motto)
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To: lowbridge
and Martha Stewart who served five months for violations similar to Libby's.

Has ANY GOP/Conservative commentator made the point that Martha Stewart was allowed to stay out of jail while her case was being appealed ... but chose to do the jail time right away and get it over with as a means of ensuring the survival of her media empire?

If Martha Stewart is the relevant example du jour, then why wasn't Libby given the option of staying free until his appeals process had run its course ... like she was?
9 posted on 07/04/2007 7:40:46 AM PDT by tanknetter
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To: Mercat

Hubbell. But there was Susan McDougal who fell on her sword for Bill and he pardoned her at the end of his term.


10 posted on 07/04/2007 7:44:53 AM PDT by plain talk
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To: Spok

Perhaps because President Bush does not see the Executive Branch as a Dictatorship and respects the Rule of Law. Unlike PravdABDNC or the co-clintons.

Pray for W and Our Troops


11 posted on 07/04/2007 7:45:43 AM PDT by bray (Member of the FR President Bush underground)
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To: lowbridge

Only the liberals are panicing. What is wrong with people? We should be shocked.... but can’t get past hot dogs and fireworks:’)


12 posted on 07/04/2007 7:47:40 AM PDT by CindyDawg
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To: lowbridge

If anyone should be pardoned it should be those border patrol agents who were railroaded into prison for shooting a drug dealer in the ass. Give me a break, what a miserable injustice was that, But GW shows no compassion for them at all.


13 posted on 07/04/2007 7:48:05 AM PDT by ontap (Just another backstabbing conservative)
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To: lowbridge

The biggest problem with the trumped-up Libby case was that it distracted Patrick Fitzgerald (U. S. Attorney for Northern Illinois) from investigating Democrat corruption here in Illinois. So we’re still stuck with Daley, Blago, Durbin and Obama, etc.


14 posted on 07/04/2007 7:49:09 AM PDT by reg45
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To: lowbridge

Still hard for me to believe that Hillary would comment on this in Iowa while pardon master Bill was on stage.


15 posted on 07/04/2007 7:49:44 AM PDT by vietvet67
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To: lowbridge

To appease the left-wing media, Hillary and the rest of the DumocRATs, Bush should pardon Clinton.

He did make arrangement with Ken Starr that left him with no law licence, so as a favour to the former President and those howling so loudly in his party and in the DemocRAT favouring press, Bush should pardon Clinton. That would be a good laugh.


16 posted on 07/04/2007 7:51:27 AM PDT by jerod (They were pro-abortion, for gun control and wanted cleaner environment at all cost - The NAZI party)
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To: reg45

I almost forgot about the Illinois political machine that makes up new voting rules every time a Democratic felon has to resign to make sure only a Democratic “felon to be” gets elected to fill the seat.


17 posted on 07/04/2007 7:53:05 AM PDT by ontap (Just another backstabbing conservative)
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To: lowbridge

Has anyone yet interviewed Hugh Rodham?

A master on the subject of the criteria for earning Presidential pardons and for money, would make a splendid media whore.

And surely, her thighness Ms Rodham-Clinton and her rogue husband will bite their tongues on this issue?


18 posted on 07/04/2007 7:56:38 AM PDT by silverleaf (Fasten your seat belts- it's going to be a BUMPY ride.)
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To: Mercat

Webb Hubbell- former AG.


19 posted on 07/04/2007 7:57:18 AM PDT by silverleaf (Fasten your seat belts- it's going to be a BUMPY ride.)
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To: lowbridge

When Hillary Clinton spoke out against President Bush’s pardon of Libby - “This commutation sends the clear signal that in this administration, cronyism and ideology trump competence and justice.” - Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y. She needed to remember this number....

-396-

Bill Clinton pardoned more people than George H. W. Bush, Jimmy Carter, and Gerald Ford. Clinton pardoned 396 people with offenses that included cocaine distribution, embezzlement, bank robbery, and tax evasion among other crimes. http://www.usdoj.gov/pardon/clintonpardon_grants.htm

It was actually the Clinton administration where - “cronyism and ideology trumped competence and justice.”

No doubt Hillary will pardon the same if she gets back into the White House.


20 posted on 07/04/2007 8:13:00 AM PDT by Martins kid
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To: plain talk

I am sure Susan McDougal fell on Bill’s sword, too. Wouldn’t doubt she fell on Hillary’s, too. The one she keeps in the bottom dresser drawer.


21 posted on 07/04/2007 8:23:10 AM PDT by ArtDodger
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To: lowbridge
Web Hubbell: No pardon.

Hubbell took the cash instead.

22 posted on 07/04/2007 8:29:40 AM PDT by Hoodat ( ETERNITY - Smoking, or Non-smoking?)
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To: lowbridge
The Clinton pardons?????

Just when you think Leftist propaganda has reached the limits of chutzpah-- Bingo!

23 posted on 07/04/2007 8:40:29 AM PDT by Savage Beast (Ignore the will of the people at your peril, Political "Aristocrats"!)
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To: Savage Beast

Hillary called it cronyism. She would know, the old crone.


24 posted on 07/04/2007 9:07:32 AM PDT by ClaireSolt (Have you have gotten mixed up in a mish-masher?)
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To: lowbridge

"Panic over possible pardon"

These libs in the MSM are freaking nutz.

The only thing I'm 'panicked' over today is my screwed up Premium Membership at E-chords.com

(%$#@ing dimwits)

25 posted on 07/04/2007 11:44:41 AM PDT by Condor51 (Rudy makes John Kerry look like a Right Wing 'Gun Nut' Extremist)
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To: Condor51
Bwaaahhaa, Oh man, speaking of dimwits, I goofed up the link I posted. DUH!
26 posted on 07/04/2007 11:46:23 AM PDT by Condor51 (Rudy makes John Kerry look like a Right Wing 'Gun Nut' Extremist)
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To: lowbridge

Marc Rich? Marc Rich? Marc Rich?


27 posted on 07/04/2007 11:47:21 AM PDT by ozzymandus
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To: lowbridge
RADDATZ: Margaret Love's client, former Kansas City Royals slugger Willie Mays Aikens, was sentenced to 20 years in prison in 1994 for selling two ounces of crack. WILLIE MAYS AIKENS, Former Kansas City Royals first baseman (2003 video from ESPN): For the crime that I committed, I believe that I, you know, I've done enough time. It's time for me to go home.

1994.......where was derSlickmeister on this one.............Hey MSM, I'm talking to you...........

28 posted on 07/04/2007 1:57:35 PM PDT by AwesomePossum
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To: lowbridge

How much longer is the totally corrupt, leftist media going to hold sway over the American people? They have decided to step in and pick our next President and introduce the backing of many new laws and restrictions placed on the Nation by the “newly” elected Democrats and America haters in Congress. Imagine how these arrogant air-heads will fawn and drool over a Hillary Health Care debacle along with shutting down the airwaves on conservative talk radio? The NYT, WaPo and the other pathetics who run these publications have become the elite ruling arm of liberal wishes and demands. The Interior Department has placed a flaming leftist as it’s head and his agenda will be to put a “closed” sign on millions of public and private lands. The elite media has chosen not to run this important information so, no one knows who, why, where and when this disaster will explode onto the stage by our “shadow government” of the media. There is very real curtain of silence and control from the Move On freaks and their bought and paid for Congressional Reps. Try asking what will happen with Anwar, more refineries and exploration of our waters off the Cuban-American boundary waters? This is just one little sample of the lack of truth in the media, heaven knows the millions of other manipulations the left will foist on us when the Whitehouse is run by the Hitlery.


29 posted on 07/04/2007 4:13:42 PM PDT by Rockiette (Democrats are not intelligent)
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To: The Great RJ

Ah, Marc Rich. Money talks. Bill gets a few million, and a pardon was only a pen stroke away. It was all about the money. Now, Hitlery blubbered about hos bad this was yesterday. I guess she forgot all about Marc Rich


30 posted on 07/04/2007 4:25:01 PM PDT by realcleanguy ("I have not yet begun to fight")
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