At Least Five 12 People Stabbed at Lone Star College In Texas; Recent Claims Put Number of Stabbings at Fourteen | Main | Complete Media Blackout of Kermitt Gosnell's House of Horrors Continues
April 09, 2013

Mother Jones Publishes Nothingburger Recording of Mitch McConnell Oppo Session About Ashley Judd, Revealing That He's Anti-Ashley Judd;
Asks FBI to Investigate for Wiretapping

image from ABCNews;
Ashley Judd with her "Psychological Support Dog,"
which keeps her from going batty over her Puffy Face

There is a real question about Watergate-style illegal wiretapping here. It's possible that one of McConnell's top people is a mole, and leaked a recording to Mother Jones. (But note, Kentucky law seems to make this a crime.)

However, it's also possible that someone illegally recorded a conference call.

A mole is something we'd get angry about and may in fact be illegal. Intercepting a wire communication is definitely illegal.

Here's Democratic Communications Director Brad Woodhouse thoughtfully considering this latter possibility:

He's now settled on a cover story as to Why This Nothingburger Leak is So Damaging to McConnell, to wit, how awful it is that McConnell could possibly consider making Ashley Judd's previous struggles with mental wellness a campaign issue:

As Brad Woodhouse would say: "LOL!"

Surreptitious recordings are illegal under Kentucky law.

Here's what Mother Jones has to say about the possibility that this was an illegal, Watergate-style bugging:

Mother Jones said the recording was provided to them last week "by a source who requested anonymity." In a statement they said they "were not involved in the making of the tape, but we published a story on the tape due to its obvious newsworthiness."

"It is our understanding that the tape was not the product of a Watergate-style bugging operation," the statement reads.

Ah, it's your "understanding."

I do not believe this statement can be counted as vouching for the legality of the tape. I believe it's the opposite: Claiming that as a legal matter Mother Jones is itself not guilty of any illegality, because of their "understanding," which may or may not be accurate.

After all, it's just an "understanding."

Note what they didn't say: They did not say something like, "We have investigated the provenance of the tape and have determined it was created in a fully lawful manner."

I believe "it's our understanding" means only this: We knew we could get in trouble if we published an illegal recording so we asked our source to say it wasn't illegal and he did. After we asked him to.

Nope! They're not getting out on the branch on this.

By the Way: There's no mystery about Ashley Judd's shaky grasp on sanity. She speaks openly about it, and her "Psychological Support Dog," whose name, I believe, is "Make the Bad Thoughts Go Away."

This last part via @nkronos.

digg this
posted by Ace at 03:02 PM

| Access Comments

Recent Comments
Farmer: "Is there anything lately from Mike Hammer? He had ..."

My Life is Insanity: "Yikes, Farmer! Mom also has that. She has warm wa ..."

SMH while awaiting His return: "lol Farmer. You lucked out. ..."

JT: "OK, I just realized what that left open for the Ho ..."

Farmer: "I would think that warmth would soften up any obst ..."

SMH while awaiting His return: "I napped earlier. Plus, I'm doing some reading ..."

JT: "Hiya SMH ! How come you're up ? ..."

JT: "Guess Pixy dozed off ...... ..."

SMH while awaiting His return: "Hey JT. ..."

JT: "Muldoon would know.... Google it ? ..."

SMH while awaiting His return: "Farmer! Can't say that I'm familiar with it, an ..."

JT: "The photoshop King was very funny ! ..."

Recent Entries

Polls! Polls! Polls!
Frequently Asked Questions
The (Almost) Complete Paul Anka Integrity Kick
Top Top Tens
Greatest Hitjobs

The Ace of Spades HQ Sex-for-Money Skankathon
A D&D Guide to the Democratic Candidates
Margaret Cho: Just Not Funny
More Margaret Cho Abuse
Margaret Cho: Still Not Funny
Iraqi Prisoner Claims He Was Raped... By Woman
Wonkette Announces "Morning Zoo" Format
John Kerry's "Plan" Causes Surrender of Moqtada al-Sadr's Militia
World Muslim Leaders Apologize for Nick Berg's Beheading
Michael Moore Goes on Lunchtime Manhattan Death-Spree
Milestone: Oliver Willis Posts 400th "Fake News Article" Referencing Britney Spears
Liberal Economists Rue a "New Decade of Greed"
Artificial Insouciance: Maureen Dowd's Word Processor Revolts Against Her Numbing Imbecility
Intelligence Officials Eye Blogs for Tips
They Done Found Us Out, Cletus: Intrepid Internet Detective Figures Out Our Master Plan
Shock: Josh Marshall Almost Mentions Sarin Discovery in Iraq
Leather-Clad Biker Freaks Terrorize Australian Town
When Clinton Was President, Torture Was Cool
What Wonkette Means When She Explains What Tina Brown Means
Wonkette's Stand-Up Act
Wankette HQ Gay-Rumors Du Jour
Here's What's Bugging Me: Goose and Slider
My Own Micah Wright Style Confession of Dishonesty
Outraged "Conservatives" React to the FMA
An On-Line Impression of Dennis Miller Having Sex with a Kodiak Bear
The Story the Rightwing Media Refuses to Report!
Our Lunch with David "Glengarry Glen Ross" Mamet
The House of Love: Paul Krugman
A Michael Moore Mystery (TM)
The Dowd-O-Matic!
Liberal Consistency and Other Myths
Kepler's Laws of Liberal Media Bias
John Kerry-- The Splunge! Candidate
"Divisive" Politics & "Attacks on Patriotism" (very long)
The Donkey ("The Raven" parody)
Powered by
Movable Type 2.64