Friday, January 06, 2006

Wiretapping story bolsters the President's image.

Captain's Quarters has an excellent update on the "outrage" of the Democrats regarding the wiretapping story, including their hypocrisy on being briefed on it and never saying a word, and suddenly feeling a need to write indignant letters to the white house. But as I said before, it's a losing issue for the Democrats. Let the madmen rave. Here's the Captain:

In the meantime, since the story appears to have gone nowhere in terms of damage to the administration -- if anything, it's helped bolster his image as a wartime president protecting America -- the Democrats and the media want to start going on a fishing expedition.

This is what the Democrats don't get. They may enjoy blathering about the President listening in on their conversations with their grandmother while discussing her apple pie recipe, but Americans understand how silly that is, and they WANT a President to make sure terrorists aren't planning attacks.

I say let's keep on with the wiretapping story. It's keeping the Democrats busy. It's like giving a toddler a new toy. At least he won't be yelling for a cookie for a little while.

On a related note, Powerline lays out how the New York Times is actually the one who has committed a crime in this case, and cites the law to prove it.

On another related note. Michelle Malkin has this important update regarding the speculation that Christiane Amanpour was spyed upon:

Via Tom

CNN is reporting that the NSA did not target Amanpour:
A senior U.S. intelligence official told CNN Thursday that the National Security Agency did not target CNN Chief International Correspondent Christiane Amanpour or any other CNN journalist for surveillance.

And this important thought from Michelle (who absolutely rocks btw)

However this story plays out, NBC's activities are troubling. First, it
published what amounts to an unsubstantiated rumor. Then it edited the transcript to remove the unsubstantiated rumor but did not acknowledge it had done so. Only after bloggers got on the case did NBC acknowledge what it had done. Remember this incident the next time some media poohbah criticizes bloggers for publishing unverified information and speculation.