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The Buried, Unquotable Exoneration (NY Times hides story on Rudy's Travel Expenses)
Captain's Quarters ^ | Dec. 21, 2007 | Ed Morrissey

Posted on 12/21/2007 8:11:26 AM PST by jdm

The New York Times exonerates Rudy Giuliani from charges that he moved travel expenses around through subsidiary agencies in order to hide his affair with his now-wife, Judith. People looking for that exoneration on their feedreaders will find themselves frustrated. Not only did the Times bury the story on one of its blogs, it put it in a graphic format that doesn't allow for copy-and-paste. In fact, it isn't even shown as an entry on the blog itself:

All eight of Mr. Giuliani's trips to the Hamptons in 1999 and 2000, including the period when his relationship was a secret, were charged to his own mayoral expense account, according to the records.

In fact, the amount of money transferred through those agencies represent an insignificant percentage of the total cost of those travel expenses. Furthermore, the Times found that Giuliani had started spreading the costs of travel through subsidiary agencies two years before his affair with Judith, which makes it rather obvious that the motive was not to hide his infidelity. Russ Buettner ends by concluding that Giuliani's accounting had nothing to do with his relationship to Judith.

One might believe that these conclusions might make a few headlines, given all of the attention paid to these allegations. Anderson Cooper asked Giuliani about this pseudoscandal during the nationally-televised CNN/YouTube debate, after all, and Giuliani's record as mayor might be of particular interest to a New York City newspaper. Instead, the Times seemed to go out of its way to hide this report and its exoneration of Giuliani on accusations of manipulating public records for his own personal motivations.

Of course, even a front-page report on this wouldn't unring the bell; the damage has been done, and it has been considerable. It looks like the Times wanted to make sure none of it got undone. (via Power Line)


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Editorial; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: elections; giuliani; giulianitruthfile; judith; nyt; rudy

1 posted on 12/21/2007 8:11:27 AM PST by jdm
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To: jdm

Ping the Rudy is Satan list. I’ll get the popcorn.


2 posted on 12/21/2007 8:13:55 AM PST by Shryke
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To: jdm
Typical NY media, but they do run the United States after all, along with Hollywood and Academia.

This is the DNC War Room, when are we going to put a stake thru the heart of these commie vampires?

3 posted on 12/21/2007 8:17:02 AM PST by roses of sharon
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To: Shryke

LOL... popcorn.

I’m SHOCKED to hear this about Rudy. He’s such a stand up guy, I keep getting told.


4 posted on 12/21/2007 8:21:52 AM PST by Rick.Donaldson (http://www.transasianaxis.com - Visit for lastest on DPRK/Russia/China/Etc --Fred Thompson for Prez.)
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To: Shryke
LOL, we need to change the headline to “Rudy eats aborted babies in his limo, on the way to his gay-bi-transv-HIV mobster meeting with Kerik”.
5 posted on 12/21/2007 8:26:16 AM PST by roses of sharon
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To: Rick.Donaldson

Clearly Rudy is the bad guy here.


6 posted on 12/21/2007 8:33:00 AM PST by Shryke
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To: jdm

And this will get into the RudyTruthFile.

yeah right


7 posted on 12/21/2007 8:34:44 AM PST by tlb
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To: roses of sharon

I like it, I like it.


8 posted on 12/21/2007 8:34:45 AM PST by Shryke
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To: Shryke

You can say that again. :)

I am wondering why Kerik is getting nuked and Rudy is running for the office of President at this point.

ANY OTHER person would be under investigation as well. Kerik might have done something wrong, but, he was under orders from ABOVE - in this case Guiliani. So... I wonder WHY he is still RUNNING even.


9 posted on 12/21/2007 8:35:22 AM PST by Rick.Donaldson (http://www.transasianaxis.com - Visit for lastest on DPRK/Russia/China/Etc --Fred Thompson for Prez.)
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To: jdm

Just wondering, am I the only Guiliani supporter on this forum?

I’m actually not 100% certain I’ll vote for him in the primary, and as I’m in CA it will probably be all over anyway by the time I vote—but I recently watched a left-wing documentary designed to make Guiliani seem horrible, and it seems to me he’s just an all around excellent leader, and effective problem solver, compared to the other candidates.

He also seems sensible and sharp. I know his family hates him and all of that. . .but he just seems the best choice compared to the other candidates, all around.

Why was he cross-dressing, anyway? Anyone know? My husband won’t vote for him because of that reason alone. A pity.


10 posted on 12/21/2007 8:43:10 AM PST by olivia3boys
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To: olivia3boys

He was on a Saturday Night Live skit. Men dressing as women has a long tradition in comedy. Particularly Britian, for some reason.


11 posted on 12/21/2007 8:51:13 AM PST by Bob J
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To: Rick.Donaldson

Under orders to do what?


12 posted on 12/21/2007 8:54:15 AM PST by roses of sharon
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To: olivia3boys

I think its still illegal here to talk nice about RG, there was a purge of conservatives on FR a while back who were looking at him.

He strangles puppies you know!


13 posted on 12/21/2007 9:10:30 AM PST by roses of sharon
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To: olivia3boys

He also seems sensible and sharp. I know his family hates him and all of that. . .but he just seems the best choice compared to the other candidates, all around.

Why was he cross-dressing, anyway? Anyone know? My husband won’t vote for him because of that reason alone. A pity.

Was a SKIT. It’s silly to not vote for someone for that reason.

In my opinion, he’s NOT all-around-good.

He’s against gun ownership as he has clearly shown as NYC Mayor.

He’s pro-immigration (which is ok) but to the point of allowing illegals to stay here.

He’s also more “moderate” on some liberal subjects (abortion, etc).

Sorry, not my cup o’ tea.

Fred, Fred, he’s our man...


14 posted on 12/21/2007 9:17:51 AM PST by Rick.Donaldson (http://www.transasianaxis.com - Visit for lastest on DPRK/Russia/China/Etc --Fred Thompson for Prez.)
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To: roses of sharon

Well... let me see, I take it you’re NOT following the Kerik indictments with the Feds then?

According to some of the charges, he was responsible for arranging various hotel rooms and other “secret locations” for Rudy and his, now, wife, to meet while they were having an affair.

You THINK Kerik did that ON HIS OWN? No, he was under orders as the chief of security to make sure that Rudy wasn’t followed, seen, and was in a secret location etc.

Kerik didn’t do that on his own. He may have been in the wrong for abusing his position, and there are questions regarding Rudy’s involvement with hiding the money/.

That’s FRAUD. Hiding money, is fraud. USING it illegally, for his own purposes is MISAPPROPRIATION.

That’s against the law in all states, and in the Federal government. I don’t want a President who misappropriates public funds for his private use and purposes. Sorry, ONE clinton in office is sufficient.

We don’t need a REPUBLICAN president to follow in the footsteps of Billy Boy -and by the same token, we don’t want to see Hillary in office either


15 posted on 12/21/2007 9:22:01 AM PST by Rick.Donaldson (http://www.transasianaxis.com - Visit for lastest on DPRK/Russia/China/Etc --Fred Thompson for Prez.)
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To: Rick.Donaldson
NOVEMBER—Bernard Kerik, the former New York City police commissioner and current Rudolph Giuliani political albatross, was indicted today on a slew of federal criminal charges. Kerik, 52, was named in a 16-count indictment charging him with, among other felonies, fraud, tax evasion, obstruction, filing a false loan application, and making an assortment of false statements when applying for various federal posts, including Homeland Security secretary. A copy of the indictment, unsealed in U.S. District Court in White Plains, New York, can be found below. Kerik is accused of corruptly accepting money and “other things of value” in exchange for using his public post to benefit a company seeking municipal business. He was also charged with concealing from the Internal Revenue Service more than $500,000 in income, including about $75,000 he received for a book forward he wrote. Additionally, in 2003, Kerik allegedly falsely told his accountant that he made $80,000 in charitable contributions, information that was later used in the preparation of a false tax return. Six counts in the indictment refer to false statements Kerik made while seeking several federal jobs, including a position with the Iraqi Coalition Provisional Authority and the Homeland Security chief’s job. These alleged lies involved Kerik’s tangled financial dealings and his failure to withhold
taxes from a household employee. (29 pages

The actual indictment is on Smoking Gun, maybe I missed the count on getting hotel rooms for RG, lol.

16 posted on 12/21/2007 9:40:10 AM PST by roses of sharon
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To: tlb

Dude - it’s here. I am rather shocked.


17 posted on 12/21/2007 10:08:38 AM PST by Shryke
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To: olivia3boys
I was an early supporter of Rudy, but he managed to change my mind.

:-)

I was hoping he would moderate his views on social issues and "take the pledge" to at least stay out of the way on those issues.

The last straw for me was the mistress slush fund.

I am sick and tired of politicians and their mistresses and assorted lovers--but stealing from the public treasury to further those activities is way way over the line imho.

Of course, then he had to cover it up, lie about it, the usual stuff.

The reason these politicians lie to their spouses (you know, breaking those silly things called marriage vows :-( ) is because they are congenital liars and lie to everyone and plan to lie to us.

Maybe I live a sheltered life, but I don't know anybody who cheats on their spouse--well, I know one person, but they are such a total dirtbag that I have nothing to do with them. Our politicans have lower moral standards than most of the rest of us (at least those of us who don't work for the MSM)--that is the ugly truth.

I am just hoping Fred finds a pulse and saves us from this sad crop of leftist Republicans.
18 posted on 12/21/2007 10:20:44 AM PST by cgbg ("2009-2017: Gnarled and ugly,loud and preachy, fiscally and morally depraved.")
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To: jdm

Journalistic malpractice!


19 posted on 12/21/2007 10:24:59 AM PST by READINABLUESTATE ("life is dangerous")
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To: jdm

I doubt that this will get much attention on FreeRepublic, either. There is very little interest in truth, regarding Rudy, especially among the Hucksters.


20 posted on 12/21/2007 10:25:35 AM PST by Eva
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To: Shryke

Even more funny, its here, but the comments show its not even being read!

LOL, typical.


21 posted on 12/21/2007 10:26:44 AM PST by roses of sharon
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To: Shryke; roses of sharon

Yes, fair is fair so I must acknowledge it. I just looked and to my genuine surprise this is the first item currently in the “truth file”.

>>>Even more funny, its here, but the comments show its not even being read!

You noticed that too.


22 posted on 12/21/2007 10:48:24 AM PST by tlb
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To: jdm

Hello? Buried? Conspiracy? Give me a break!

It’s right there on the front page of their “politics” section:
http://www.nytimes.com/pages/politics/index.html

And it hardly exonerates him. It says he charged hundreds of thousands to obscure agencies
and Bloomberg is still trying to explain that mystery $40,000.


23 posted on 12/21/2007 11:02:46 AM PST by calcowgirl ("Liberalism is just Communism sold by the drink." P. J. O'Rourke)
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To: tlb

This from NR today, talking about Pat Buchanan’s smear of RG on his cover.

I, Rudy?

The American Conservative magazine has a cover illustration on Rudy Giuliani that depicts him in fascist pose and costume: black shirt, bandolier, jutting Mussolini jaw.

In the past, garb like that shown on the mayor would have made the hearts of the editors of the American Conservative go pit-a-pit. “She is not a bad girl at all ...” co-founder Taki Thedoropoulos wrote of a society acquaintance in 2003, “but her problem is she loves publicity about as much as I love the Wehrmacht.”

And yet oddly enough, this time the fascist posture is not offered by the American Conservative as an endorsement. Instead, author Michael Desch - a professor at Texas A&M best known till now for his work publicizing and defending the “Israel lobby” writings of Profs. Stephen Walt and John Mearsheimer, wants the world to know ... well, let’s let the man speak for himself.

Like most Americans, I knew little about Rudolph Giuliani, save that he had been the very successful mayor of New York City catapulted to iconic status for his cool-headed demeanor after the Sept. 11 attacks. I was curious about where he stood as a presidential candidate, so in April 2007, I joined nearly 3,000 other Texas A&M faculty and students to hear him speak. ... I was so appalled by the mayor’s simplistic message that terrorists were attacking us because they “oppose our freedom and ... want to impose their ideology on us” that I ignored protocol and challenged him during the Q&A. To the accompaniment of hisses from the rabidly pro-Rudy students, I reminded the mayor that Islamic fundamentalists in Saudi Arabia, Iran, and elsewhere in the Middle East have taken our side against al-Qaeda at various times.

So there’s indictment number one: the mayor does not sufficiently appreciate the contributions to American security of Islamic fundamentalists.

Next, Desch complains that Giuliani has shown undue hostility to Yasser Arafat.

I had forgotten that while U.S. attorney in New York, Giuliani tried to close the PLO’s New York office. As mayor, he made headlines in 1995, when he had Arafat ejected from a concert at Lincoln Center.

Desch worries that Giuliani’s distaste for the PLO chieftain lends credence to disturbing reports

that Giuliani is “the clear favorite of the party’s top Jewish activists.”

Desch acknowledges that many non-Jews also think the mayor would make a fine president.

In one sense, his campaign is a big tent: it has by some estimates between 60 and 70 advisors.

However,

Some—British Soviet expert Robert Conquest and Reagan campaign defense advisor William Van Cleave—are clearly window-dressing.

In fact, the strings of the campaign are pulled by a

core of senior advisors includ[ing] former Commentary editor Norman Podhoretz, Martin Kramer (Middle East), Stephen Rosen (defense), S. Enders Wimbush (diplomacy), Peter Berkowitz (statecraft, human rights, and freedom), Kim Holmes (foreign policy), and perhaps Daniel Pipes. Giuliani’s chief foreign-policy advisor is retired diplomat and Yale instructor Charles Hill.

Desch then offers a series of shocked-and-appalled pen sketches of these advisers, culminating in an accusation that chief adviser Charles Hill was seduced into a pro-Israel perspective by the experience of ... learning more about Israel.

Hill’s assignment to the Israel desk at Foggy Bottom and then to the embassy in Tel Aviv edged him closer to the neoconservative camp. According to [Hill’s biographer Molly] Worthen, Hill “was very informed by his experience in Israel and has deep, deep sympathy for the Israelis, not based on their political situation, but a very existential empathy for their national philosophy and their culture, which he perceives as honest and manly, really standing for something that is good and true about the human race.” Hill found the Israelis he met to be “intrepid,” in contrast to the effete Americans he encountered in Cambridge. During his posting in Israel, Hill was introduced to Menachem Begin and was so taken that he asked the Likud prime minister for an autographed picture. Later, when he was Secretary of State George Schultz’s executive assistant, Hill would develop a close relationship with Israel’s United Nations representative Benyamin Netanyahu.

Deep sympathy for the Israelis? Hill’s slide into iniquity only accelerates from there. Hill

explained to The American Spectator that the United States “has to stand for democracy. We can’t turn away from that, but we have to do it in a way that’s realistic and Rudy Giuliani has talked about the realistic piece.”

Otherwise, Hill is squarely in the neoconservative camp. He maintains, “If we pull out of Iraq now, it’s just going to break the dam and there will be flood waters of chaos and murder across the region.”

But of course the real villain of the piece is the boss, the mayor himself, of whom Desch offers this scathing assessment.

Rudolph Giuliani, in contrast, is no empty vessel. He knows exactly where he stands.

Yes, well obviously we cannot have that.

Have we really reached the point where a magazine that masquerades under the label of “conservative” thinks that the very worst possible allegation to throw against a president is that he has advisers who admire Israel and support democracy, that he knows his own mind, and that he is ready to defend the country against his enemies? If this is the American Conservative’s idea of criticism, God save the Republican party from ever deserving its praise.

12/21 12:23 PM


24 posted on 12/21/2007 11:11:38 AM PST by roses of sharon
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To: calcowgirl

Nothing is going to “exonerate” him here, CCG. At least not until the dust settles after the primaries.


25 posted on 12/21/2007 11:57:19 AM PST by Shryke
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To: Shryke

Did he, or did he not, have NYC pay expenses while he carried on an affair with Judith?

You’re right—he cannot be exonerated, here or elsewhere.


26 posted on 12/21/2007 12:07:49 PM PST by calcowgirl ("Liberalism is just Communism sold by the drink." P. J. O'Rourke)
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To: Shryke
I wonder why this article was published on Dec 21, 07, when the NY Daily “news” used it while RG was in office?

I wonder.

27 posted on 12/21/2007 12:10:04 PM PST by roses of sharon
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To: calcowgirl

They must have moved it there around 2PM. It wasn’t there this morning.


28 posted on 12/21/2007 1:26:46 PM PST by jdm
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To: roses of sharon
Even more funny, its here, but the comments show its not even being read! LOL, typical.

Not funny.. It is buried pretty deep. Should be a banner on BREAKING NEWS. NYT making up news about someone should have SOME headlines.

29 posted on 12/21/2007 6:24:03 PM PST by Irish Eyes
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