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10/24/2007

There’s the NYT’s Truth — and Then There’s the Actual Truth

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 11:21 pm



The New York Times editorial board:

Mr. Siegelman’s lawyer, Doug Jones, said the investigation of the former governor was very limited until it turned around “180 degrees” in late 2004, after Washington officials told local prosecutors “to go back and look at the case, review the case top to bottom.” That is consistent with the account of Dana Jill Simpson, a Republican lawyer who says she was on a phone call in which Republican operatives said Karl Rove was involved in the prosecution.

Jill Simpson actually doesn’t say that:

Jill Simpson, the Republican Rainsville lawyer who wrote the affidavit, said in an interview that she is not responsible for how others interpret her sworn statement. She said she tried to accurately represent a conference call she heard in which Rove’s name came up, and she said no one definitively said in that call that Rove arranged for Siegelman’s investigation.

It’s not clear if Rove was being identified in the call as the person behind the investigation or as someone who heard Siegelman already was under investigation, Simpson said.

To paraphrase Larry Elder, facts are like Kryptonite to a New York Times editorial writer.

More details on this in my previous post.

11 Responses to “There’s the NYT’s Truth — and Then There’s the Actual Truth”

  1. To paraphrase Larry Elder, facts are like Kryptonite to a New York Times editorial writer…….yeah, and so is their stock now that institutional investestors are dumping it

    james conrad (7cd809)

  2. Simpson ratted out Rove in other settings and “amended” her story.

    From The Hill:

    According to the transcript [of a closed door interview with committee staff], Simpson described a 2005 conversation with Rob Riley [current Gov. Bob Riley’s (R) son], who told her that Rove had contacted the Public Integrity Section of the Department of Justice to press for further prosecution of Siegelman.

    The Birmingham News reported [October 8th] that Simpson’s latest account differs from a previous sworn statement she gave that Siegelman dropped a recount in 2002 because a supporter planted an opponent’s campaign signs at a Ku Klux Klan rally. She amended her story when discussing the matter with congressional staffers…

    http://thehill.com/leading-the-news/gop-lawyer-ties-rove-to-siegelman-case-2007-10-10.html

    steve (fae6c2)

  3. Or to directly quote Ronald Reagan, “Facts are stupid things.”

    David Ehrenstein (b743cb)

  4. There is something truly wonderful about having John Conyers chair these hearings. He has not been prosecuted for abusing his congressional staff, using them for personal servants and campaign aides — but he should be.

    The House ethics committee report on his transgressions named at least one law he had broken. (The report was published last December 29th, the date chosen to get the least possible publicity, as everyone knows.)

    Jim Miller (6149e2)

  5. According to the interview with the committee staff, Simpson told the committee about a conversation she had with Riley who told her about a conversation he had with Rove who told him that he (Rove) had told the Justice Dept. to look closer at the allegations against Seiligman.

    When I last studied the rule against hearsay ….

    wls (fb8809)

  6. Karl Rove anally invaded Ken Melhman.

    GOP= Greedy Ole Perverted sons of bitches

    bushit (8b63aa)

  7. He snorted massive amounts of cocaine … He drank like a fish…He dodged the draft….He went awol from the Alabama Air National Guard…His friends knew him as an alcoholic womanizer with a bad temper….a complete failure at business until his wealthy friends bailed him out. Yet within a few short years he was elected Governor of Texas, and quickly catapulted into the White House, in spite of losing the popular vote. He was re-elected with last minute help from Osama Bin Laden, in spite of high disapproval ratings. He still couldn’t think his way out of a wet paper bag …..and yet he’s declared an endless war and instituted some of the most radical political changes in American history ….do I need to mention his Lies and Crimes?

    In a just society we could expect the creation of a World War Crimes Tribunal, one that would Prosecute Cheney/bush and the gang for crimes against humanity….Several Hundred Thousand Counts of MURDER!

    Thats Just the Start!

    bushit (8b63aa)

  8. There must have been a sale on tinfoil hats somewhere.

    JD (e88f7b)

  9. Step away from the keyboard, bushit.

    JD (e88f7b)

  10. There must have been a sale on tinfoil hats somewhere.

    Cheap Chinese-made ones, at that.

    McGehee (25adee)

  11. He went awol from the Alabama Air National Guard

    UH?

    quasimodo (edc74e)


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