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Pelosi: Reporters Violated Bush Privacy Rights
ScrappleFace ^ | February 11, 2006 | Scott Ott

Posted on 02/11/2006 7:48:49 AM PST by Kaslin

Democrats in Congress called for an investigation today of journalists who secretly eavesdropped on President George Bush when his microphone was accidentally left on during a private conversation with Republican lawmakers Friday.

The president had just spoken to reporters at a House Republican Caucus retreat in Maryland, before sending them out of the room so he could confer privately with GOP colleagues about the legality of the secret NSA wiretaps of terror suspects which he authorized. But the audio feed to the White House press room remained on and journalists heard the president saying in private the same things he often says in public.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-CA, called for a Justice Department probe of the incident.

“These journalists listened in on a private conversation among American citizens without a warrant and without any kind of accountability or oversight,” Rep. Pelosi said. “They could have jumped up and turned off the audio, or left the room, but instead they violated the right to privacy which forms the Constitutional basis for our most precious freedoms.”

The California Democrat said “this irresponsible, and possibly criminal, act has revealed something that we have tried for years to keep secret — that the president says what he means in public and in private.”

“This breach of privacy threatens the security of many in the homeland,” she added. “Especially those of us whose legislative careers depend on fostering doubts about the president’s honesty.”


TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; Political Humor/Cartoons; US: District of Columbia; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: 109th; openmic; pelosi; socalledscandal

1 posted on 02/11/2006 7:48:50 AM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

Bullseye! This is what great satire should be!


2 posted on 02/11/2006 7:50:11 AM PST by Dog Gone
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To: Irish_Thatcherite; RWR8189

Hey, You got to read this one too


3 posted on 02/11/2006 7:52:19 AM PST by MNJohnnie (Conservatives...lack sufficient cynicism to properly assess the nature of their liberal opponents)
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To: Kaslin
For just half a second I took this as a true story. Then I realized that I had slipped into an alternate universe. Then, I was back. LOL Just kidding! If only this were true!
4 posted on 02/11/2006 7:55:14 AM PST by Danae (Anál nathrach, orth' bháis's bethad, do chél dénmha)
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To: Kaslin

Almost had me...almost.... LOL


5 posted on 02/11/2006 7:56:19 AM PST by MadCharity ("Hindsight is not wisdom, and second guessing is not a strategy." Go GW!!!)
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To: Kaslin
..if one could, only wish. :D
6 posted on 02/11/2006 7:56:26 AM PST by skinkinthegrass (Just because you're paranoid, doesn't mean they aren't out to get you :^)
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To: Kaslin
Arrest warrants have been issued for Helen Thomas.

Thomas has reportedly fled the Loop and her whereabouts are unknown.

In a related incident, David Gregory was found drunk and disoriented outside a 14th St. crabhouse insisting that he was Tom Brokaw.

7 posted on 02/11/2006 7:59:56 AM PST by battlegearboat
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To: Kaslin
The kernel of truth in this satire is that they have recorded Pres Bush saying things when he thought it was private.

Remember that Minister who recorded him talking about drugs? He said he didn't want to risk sending the wrong message to kids about drugs (during the election when the Libs were calling him a cocaine addict).

Amazing how that stuff always seems to blow up in their faces.
8 posted on 02/11/2006 8:00:08 AM PST by Grizzled Bear ("Does not play well with others.")
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To: Dog Gone

The only fiction is that you would NEVER hear a dim say this. They are no longer capable of honesty.


9 posted on 02/11/2006 8:04:14 AM PST by jonascord ("As God is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly!")
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To: battlegearboat

LOL! What a perfect mental picture of David Gregory you've provided!


10 posted on 02/11/2006 8:05:16 AM PST by Boston Tea Party (cute.)
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To: Kaslin

I got snagged by this one as well! I was thinking brilliant political move on Pelosi's part to gain some kind of credibility in the national arean.


11 posted on 02/11/2006 8:07:23 AM PST by Rabid Dog
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To: Kaslin

Had me going for a second, there....(8^D)


12 posted on 02/11/2006 8:08:21 AM PST by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly.)
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To: battlegearboat
Arrest warrants have been issued for Helen Thomas

Oh wowo, that is funny

13 posted on 02/11/2006 8:13:30 AM PST by MNJohnnie (Conservatives...lack sufficient cynicism to properly assess the nature of their liberal opponents)
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To: Kaslin
Are all the writers at Scrappleface on vacation? Or the articles being outsourced to some village in Upper Volta (Burkina Faso)?

To me it seems that of late their attempt at humor is half hearted at best and some times, it's just plain not funny.

hmm, now that I think of it, what ever happened to "Lower Volta"??

14 posted on 02/11/2006 8:16:36 AM PST by Condor51 (Better to fight for something than live for nothing - Gen. George S. Patton)
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To: Kaslin; MNJohnnie

This story confused me til I realized it is satire.


15 posted on 02/11/2006 8:19:41 AM PST by Irish_Thatcherite (~~~A vote for Bertie Ahern is a vote for Gerry Adams!~~~)
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To: Condor51

Lower Volta was the proper name of the old Soviet Union. It was "Lower Volta with Nuclear Weapons" remember?


16 posted on 02/11/2006 8:46:49 AM PST by MNJohnnie (Conservatives...lack sufficient cynicism to properly assess the nature of their liberal opponents)
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To: Dog Gone

Bullseye! This is what great satire should be!

"Hey that's not funny, bomb Denmark" :-)


17 posted on 02/11/2006 8:49:28 AM PST by showme_the_Glory (No more rhyming, and I mean it! ..Anybody got a peanut.....)
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To: Grizzled Bear
They can't handle a guy who says the same things in private as he says in public. Telling isn't it?

Scrappleface is the best...and this goes to show why.
18 posted on 02/11/2006 8:52:05 AM PST by pollyannaish
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To: MadCharity

Ditto.


19 posted on 02/11/2006 9:06:19 AM PST by SALChamps03
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To: Kaslin

It is very telling that one has to do a "Scrappleface double take" to tell is this is fact of satire.

I think the Dems crossed the line with the stunt at the funeral and applauding the failure of congrees to act on SS reform. I am hearing more and more Dems calling in to news and talk shows saying they have had it with the party. The backlash is growing.


20 posted on 02/11/2006 9:11:07 AM PST by IamConservative (Who does not trust a man of principle? A man who has none.)
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To: MNJohnnie; Kaslin; Dog Gone

yup, and BTW ,...

... anyone know of a "Nancy Sighting" recently??

... perhaps the democRATS are making her wear a magical burkka...

... that renders her invisible!!

... Sir Edmund Hillary Clinton has her fingerprints all over this ,...

... TheNancyProblemTheNancyProblemTheNancyProblem


21 posted on 02/11/2006 9:14:12 AM PST by Dad yer funny
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To: Kaslin
I recall also the "eavesdropping" that some democrat operatives did on a cellular phone call between Knewt Gingrich and Republican politician.

Although later charged with a minor crime, the political outfall was over what was said, not how the info was obtained.

22 posted on 02/11/2006 2:22:45 PM PST by Michael.SF. (Things turn out best, for who make the best of the way things turn out.--- Jack Buck (RIP))
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To: Kaslin

Much Fun!


23 posted on 02/11/2006 2:26:36 PM PST by Navy Patriot (At times like this, it is a pleasure to support Free Republic.)
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To: pollyannaish

I think the thing that really made them "melt down" was the part of the tape where he said he wouldn't condemn homosexuals because, "I'm a sinner and I don't have the right to condemn anyone." Not what the Dims were hoping for...


24 posted on 02/11/2006 7:06:20 PM PST by Grizzled Bear ("Does not play well with others.")
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