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March 10, 2009

NY Times Never Ran A Story on Freeman's Appointment...Until Now

Until today, the NY Times never ran a story on Chas Freeman's near-appointment to chairmanship of the National Intelligence Council. About his shady connections and indisputable anti-Israel bent, the former claimant to the title "Newspaper of Record" said not a peep.

The NY Times sat out for the whole thing. Nothing pro-Chas, nothing anti-Chas, nothing that would even be considered plain old no-bias news reporting. I mean it. Search the website. Use google. They missed the whole story. A presidential nominee was poked, prodded, vetted, and canned before the newspaper even raised a finger to do a little reporting which it could easily have cribbed from the wires.

Until now, I mean.

Charles W. Freeman Jr., the Obama administration’s choice for a major intelligence post, withdrew his name on Tuesday and blamed pro-Israel lobbying groups, saying they had distorted his record and campaigned against him.

Mr. Freeman had come under sharp criticism for his past statements about Israel as well as for his association with the Saudi and Chinese governments.

Mr. Freeman’s withdrawal from consideration as chairman of the National Intelligence Council came just hours after Dennis C. Blair, the director of national intelligence, vigorously defended him and said that his comments had been taken out of context.

All true, and yet it has an unmistakable stench about it, much like Chas' atrocious statement. For the poorly-informed NY Times reader, those opening paragraphs sound an awful lot like: "It was the Joooooos!"


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