“I think it’s been clear for a year or so that I don’t really fit into the primetime lineup,” he said. “You know, which of these things is not like the other? That’s a problem I’ve understood for a long time. There’s nothing I can do about it. You got to be who you are, even if who you are is not where the network is. I’m not surprised at all. And I’m not mad about it.”
The NY Times has an entertaining round-up. Some good ones…
“Now, the governor was supposed to give a press conference today at 2:15 p.m. but a whole hour passed before he spoke. To be fair, it is daylight savings time and the governor usually has a prostitute change his clocks.”
“But here’s the lesson, ladies and gentlemen: This is why I always wear a fake mustache and pay cash. It’s the only way to go, if you’re going to get in trouble.
From Letterman’s to 10 List:
1. “I thought Bill Clinton legalized this years ago.”
He also said the news “means that Hillary Clinton is now only the second angriest woman in the State of New York.”
I have spent my life studying the pictures and symbols of racism and slavery, and when I saw the Clinton ad’s central image — innocent sleeping children and a mother in the middle of the night at risk of mortal danger — it brought to my mind scenes from the past. I couldn’t help but think of D. W. Griffith’s “Birth of a Nation,” the racist movie epic that helped revive the Ku Klux Klan, with its portrayal of black men lurking in the bushes around white society. The danger implicit in the phone ad — as I see it — is that the person answering the phone might be a black man, someone who could not be trusted to protect us from this threat.
The ad could easily have removed its racist sub-message by including images of a black child, mother or father — or by stating that the danger was external terrorism. Instead, the child on whom the camera first focuses is blond. Two other sleeping children, presumably in another bed, are not blond, but they are dimly lighted, leaving them ambiguous. Still it is obvious that they are not black — both, in fact, seem vaguely Latino.
Even better. Those who voted for Hillary must be racists, too:
Did the message get through? Well, consider this: people who voted early went overwhelmingly for Mr. Obama; those who made up their minds during the three days after the ad was broadcast voted heavily for Mrs. Clinton.
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Because the focus was a high-ranking government official, prosecutors were required to seek the approval of the United States attorney general to proceed. Once they secured that permission, the investigation moved forward.
I’d like to know which Attorney General greenlighted this prosecution after it was learned that this was nothing more than a sex sting. Was it Gonzalez? Or was it Mukasey? Whoever made the call, it seems to me like it was a huge lapse in judgment, that perhaps was influenced by political calculations.
It turns out he who laughs last is Alberto Gonzales.
I love Google, but I don’t think Google loves conservatives. And I don’t think that a Google-dominated mediasphere will be a good thing for the world.
March 11 (Bloomberg) — Google Inc., owner of the world’s most popular search engine, won European Union approval to buy DoubleClick Inc., clearing the way for the completion of the biggest acquisition in its nine-year history.
The New York Sun today published a front-page editorial on the Spitzer episode, headlined ”Spitzer Without Tears,” in which the editors recount investors’ glee at the tribulations of the Torquemada of Wall Street.
You know what the difference is between a front-page editorial in the New York Sun and a front-page editorial in the New York Times is? The one in the Sun is marked “EDITORIAL.”
The Times’ “Spitzer, Linked to Sex Ring as a Client, Gives an Apology” will not get them accused of vulgar sensationalism. (What’s this? “Governor Is Said to Weigh Resignation After Inquiry”? They’re just trying to sell newspapers!)
The New York Sun, which had the good sense not to report yesterday’s news today, has a forward-looking take on the story–whether Spitzer will survive in office: “Spitzer’s Future as Governor in Doubt … A Criminal Case Possible Under The Mann Act.”
Everybody always says that voters, high-minded people that we are, don’t care about sleaze and scandal–”We care about the issues!” I’d love to compare the single-copy sales figures of the New York metro papers today against some Tuesday morning when the Times is leading with one of their patented microcredit-in-Micronesia stories and see if that’s true.
THE SCRIPT Mr. Spitzer (voice-over): “Recently my running mate, David Paterson, and I toured the school he attended as a child, walking past the very same hall signs he did 40 years ago. You begin your journey on Trustworthy Turnpike, make a left past Honesty Road, turn down Integrity Lane and eventually, if you’ve walked the right way, end up on Responsibility Road. Starting in January, we’ll be leading our state government on the same journey. And we’re going to make it all the way to the end.”
Let’s get this straight. A highly suspect NY Times article comes out on John McCain which causes Keith Olbermann to break into a repeat of Hardball 15 minutes early to broadcast the story as “Breaking News.” He then spent the next 45 minutes on the story.
Tonight on Countdown, the lead story is not Spitzer, but Hillary’s delegate math issues.
Not fair and not balanced.
(CNN and Fox are running the Spitzer story first.)
UPDATE: It’s 8:37 and Olbermann is finally getting to Spitzer.
UPDATE 2: It’s 8:43 and the story on Spitzer is now over.
UPDATE 3: It’s time for Dan Abrams and Spitzer is the top story. He looks like a kid on Christmas who just got a bike, a puppy and a “Red Ryder BB Gun.”
UPDATE 4: Dan Abrams has just turned to an expert to describe how the high end prostitution business works: Heidi Fleiss.
UPDATE 5: It’s 9:40 and Dan Abrams is finally done talking about Spitzer
Federal law enforcement tends to focus on the largest trafficking rings rather than local brothels and sweatshops, and federal efforts need bolstering in any case. But attempts over the last two years to pass anti-trafficking legislation in New York ended in failure. Assembly Democrats resisted imposing tough new criminal penalties, and the Republican Senate objected to providing services for trafficking victims. Given Albany’s penchant for partisan gridlock, the deadlock might have continued for many more years absent a muscular nudge from Gov. Eliot Spitzer. The result is being applauded by both prosecutors and victims’ advocates and will give the state one of the strongest anti-trafficking laws in the country.
A conviction for sex trafficking would bring a penalty of 3 to 25 years in prison while labor trafficking would be punishable by three to seven years. Coercing victims into prostitution by force would be treated as a felony sex trafficking offense, as would luring victims with promises of jobs or by providing them with illegal drugs. Language added at Mr. Spitzer’s behest also takes aim at “prostitution tourism,” clarifying that selling travel-related services to facilitate prostitution abroad is a felony.
The man described as Client 9 in court papers arranged to meet with a prostitute who was part of the ring, Emperors Club VIP, on the night of Feb. 13. Mr. Spitzer traveled to Washington that evening, according to a person told of his travel arrangements.
“One would have the municipal bond policies and any other healthy parts of the business,’’ Dinallo said in prepared testimony for a hearing today of the House Financial Services subcommittee on capital markets in Washington. “The other would have the structured finance and problem parts of the business.’’
New York Governor Eliot Spitzer told the committee that the step, while “not optimal,’’ may be necessary if the companies can’t raise the capital needed to stave off credit-rating downgrades. The world’s largest bond insurers may lose the AAA ratings they use to guarantee $2.4 trillion of municipal and mortgage-backed debt, casting doubt on the rankings of thousands of schools, hospitals and local governments around the country.
So, why do they really want a mail-in revote in Florida? From Dan Gelber’s blog (Gelber is Minority Leader of the Florida House of Representatives):
The major reason is that the revote, in addition to making sure Florida voters are heard, should also be a party building exercise. Returned ballots (because of address changes) will help us dramatically improve our voter database. If appropriate we could also ask Democrats to voluntarily give us their emails and telephone numbers so we can communicate with them in November and beyond. All this would help us considerably in the general election. If, however, the state oversees the election, Florida Democrats would be footing the bill without getting the attendant advantages the revote offers.