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Ann Coulter: MEDIA MOGUL CHARGED WITH FIRST-DEGREE MURDOCH ("rogue employee")
AnnCoulter.Com ^ | July 20, 2011 | Ann Coulter

Posted on 07/20/2011 3:11:46 PM PDT by Syncro


MEDIA MOGUL CHARGED WITH FIRST-DEGREE MURDOCH

July 20, 2011
In December 1996, a Florida couple, John and Alice Martin, who sounded suspiciously like union goons, claimed to have inadvertently tapped into a phone conversation between then House Speaker Newt Gingrich and House Republican leadership.

According to these Democratic and union activists, they were just driving around with a police scanner in their car, picked up a random phone conversation and said to themselves, "Wait a minute! I could swear that's Dick Armey's voice!"

Luckily, they also had a tape recorder and cassette in their car, so they proceeded to illegally record the intercepted conversation and then turned the tape over to Democratic Rep. James McDermott -- the top Democrat on the Ethics Committee that was at that very moment investigating Gingrich.

Although they swore they had no idea that what they were doing was a crime, in their cover letter to McDermott, they requested immunity -- just as you probably do whenever you write somebody a letter. (They later pleaded guilty to a crime under the Electronic Communications Privacy Act.)

McDermott promptly turned the tape over to The New York Times and other newspapers. The Times' headline on the story, "Gingrich Is Heard Urging Tactics in Ethics Case," might as well have been titled: "Tape Shows Gingrich Conspiring to Act Within the Law."

John Boehner, one of the participants in the Gingrich call, sued McDermott for violating his First Amendment rights, which resulted in a court ordering McDermott to pay Boehner more than $1 million.

And yet, more than a dozen news organizations, many of the same ones demanding the death penalty for Rupert Murdoch right now, filed amicus briefs defending McDermott's distribution of the pirated tape.

Needless to say, the Times ferociously defended its own use of the hacked phone call, arguing that it would be unconstitutional to punish the publication of information, no matter how obtained.
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TOPICS: Editorial; Extended News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: anncoulter; boehner; coulter; foxnews; gingrich; mcdermott; murdoch; newyorktimes; nyt; witchhunt


And yet, more than a dozen news organizations, many of the same ones demanding the death penalty for Rupert Murdoch right now, filed amicus briefs defending McDermott's distribution of the pirated tape.

Needless to say, the Times ferociously defended its own use of the hacked phone call, arguing that it would be unconstitutional to punish the publication of information, no matter how obtained.

Read the rest at AnnCoulter.com



1 posted on 07/20/2011 3:11:50 PM PDT by Syncro
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To: RonDog; jellybean; Rummyfan
Last paragraph:
But now the rest of us have to watch while the mainstream media pursue their personal grudge against Rupert Murdoch for allowing Fox News to exist. They demand his head for owning a British tabloid where some reporters used illegally obtained information, something The New York Times does defiantly on a regular basis.

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2 posted on 07/20/2011 3:15:15 PM PDT by Syncro (Sarah Palin, the unofficial Tea Party candidate for president--Virtual Jerusalem)
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To: Syncro

I’m so proud of myself that I thought about the Gingrich hacking along with Ann.


3 posted on 07/20/2011 3:16:02 PM PDT by CaptainK (...please make it stop. Shake a can of pennies at it.)
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To: Syncro

Ah...I had forgotten about that! Good thing Ann Coulter has a steel trap mind to remind us....lol. Stupid hypocrites.... the lot of them!


4 posted on 07/20/2011 3:18:01 PM PDT by penelopesire (Let The Congressional Hearings Begin!)
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To: Syncro
And the beat goes on, Sonny and Smear
5 posted on 07/20/2011 3:23:22 PM PDT by Karliner (The heavens declare the glory of G-D and the firmament shows HIS handiwork. Ps19:1)
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To: Syncro
Historical columns like this is why we adore Ann Coulter.
6 posted on 07/20/2011 3:27:27 PM PDT by Realman30 ("I've already made a donation to Haiti. It's called taxes". . . . El Rushbo.)
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To: Syncro

I’ve been saying this for several days in my tagline. Hi, Ann!


7 posted on 07/20/2011 3:38:43 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (The liberal press applauded when the NY Times hacked Newt Gingrich's phone calls.)
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To: CaptainK
I don't believe that that couple actually recorded that conversation. My thinking is that some government resources were used to do this (it was during the Clinton years, after all). The Dems simply found some party dupes willing to take the fall.
8 posted on 07/20/2011 3:44:58 PM PDT by Major Matt Mason (Government doesn't create jobs, it only creates expenses.)
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To: Syncro
Here is an "interesting" screen capture of Ann, from her recent appearance on Bill Maher's show:


9 posted on 07/20/2011 4:01:02 PM PDT by RonDog
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To: Major Matt Mason
I agree with your assessment
10 posted on 07/20/2011 4:04:13 PM PDT by CaptainK (...please make it stop. Shake a can of pennies at it.)
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12 posted on 07/20/2011 4:15:39 PM PDT by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis (Want to make $$$? It's easy! Use FR as a platform to pimp your blog for hits!!!)
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To: ComplexConservative
So if we believe in right and wrong. Then we should demand an investigation, allow Murdoch to clear his and his company’s name or to punish them for breaking the law.

Part of right & wrong in this country is equal protection under the law. If the NYTimes is protected, so is Murdoch.

13 posted on 07/20/2011 4:19:31 PM PDT by slowhandluke (It's hard to be cynical enough in this age.)
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To: Syncro
Given "Media Matters" declaration on their website that they had declared war on Fox News and wanted to bring down Murdoch, does anybody really think that Soros and his evil minions aren't behind this?

Mark

14 posted on 07/20/2011 4:33:21 PM PDT by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
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To: ComplexConservative

Enjoy your stay, n00b.


15 posted on 07/20/2011 5:03:46 PM PDT by MHGinTN (Some, believing they can't be deceived, it's nigh impossible to convince them when they're deceived.)
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To: CaptainK

Yes. Like Lenny & Squiggy the leftists are BUSY, BUSY, BUSY; BUT Lenny & Squiggy weren’t MALICIOUS BUSY like the leftists are. I’m thankful that Annie recalled these things about the HYPOCRITES.

Let me see; what COULD they really want as an end game to this “scandal”? Is it to get rid of Mr. Murdoch because he tried a bit to be “fair and balanced”? Is it to give total government (Obama) control to the news the American people are “allowed” to hear. (Shudder . .) They’re certainly giving Mr. Murdoch a good old fashioned WHUPPING, aren’t they? After all, he hadn’t been REALLY, REALLY mean to Obama, had he? You see, telling the truth about Obama is VERBOTEN. Maybe Mr. Murdoch had figured that out and thought it not fair and balanced.

These people do not fathom the willingness of the Communists to hang “journalists” first when they succeed in helping the Communists gain totalitarian control.


16 posted on 07/20/2011 5:11:03 PM PDT by Twinkie (For whoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. Romans 10:13)
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To: RonDog; Syncro
Thanks for the original pic! Here's one I haven't seen before:


17 posted on 07/20/2011 9:00:23 PM PDT by Forgiven_Sinner (Seek you first the kingdom of God, and all things will be given to you.)
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To: Syncro

Excellent column by Miss Coulter.


18 posted on 07/20/2011 9:24:17 PM PDT by fkabuckeyesrule
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To: Syncro

bflr


21 posted on 07/20/2011 11:23:13 PM PDT by Captain Beyond (The Hammer of the gods! (Just a cool line from a Led Zep song))
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To: Syncro; carlo3b; stanz; gakrak; massfreeper; hosepipe; Donald Rumsfeld Fan; MadLibDisease; fffff; ..

Let me know if you'd like to be added to the Ann Coulter ping list.

22 posted on 07/20/2011 11:33:12 PM PDT by jellybean (Bookmark http://altfreerepublic.freeforums.org/index.php for when FR is down)
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To: Syncro

Did Communist Jim McDermott EVER pay Boehner the MILLION he was ordered to pay? Doubt it.


23 posted on 07/21/2011 5:07:20 AM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion is the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: ComplexConservative

Hi Newbie.....there is NO evidence of any wrongdoing here in the US.......NONE.


24 posted on 07/21/2011 5:10:17 AM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion is the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: MHGinTN

You misspelled troll.


25 posted on 07/21/2011 5:12:58 AM PDT by steve8714
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To: jellybean

Ann is off my reading list since she has gone completely insane. She was on Hannity last night defending her friendship with Maher, refused to say anything bad about a close friend.

Still pimping for Cristy and defending the Mitchell sell out. She has caught Barry Goldwater disease way to young. Another example of a Christain that seems to be conflicted.

Maher is a disgusting sub human.


26 posted on 07/22/2011 12:39:55 PM PDT by itsahoot (--I will vote for Sarah Palin, even if I have to write her in. --He that hath an ear, let him hear.)
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