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Build a Big Area for New Media

Tuesday, December 27, 2005  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

MSM gtes booted out of the White House press area when renovations begin in the summer. Whoever is doing the redesign, let’s hope they put in a bloggers row, right at the front, and lose the reserved seating for the dinosaurs from MSM.

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Another Reason to Support Steve Laffey

Tuesday, December 27, 2005  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Steve Laffey is the mayor of Cranston, Rhode Island, and is running against loopy Lincoln Chafee in that state’s September ’06 Republican primary. There are many reasons for the Rhoe Island GOP to oust Chafee, but one of the most persuasive is his utter inability to use his position to advance meaningful and necessary reforms of the federal Endangered Species Act. The House has already passed its package of long overdue changes, but Chafee subcontracted out the policy process to a closed-door group of 20 insiders dominated by environmentalists that still hasn’t reported back –an obvious delaying tactic to kill of ESA reform for another year. From this morning’s Wall Street Journal (subscription required):

As the issue heads to the Senate, direction for updating the law passes to one of Congress’s most-ardent environmentalists. Sen. Lincoln Chafee (R., R.I.) chairs the subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife and Water, and is skeptical of the House’s far-reaching changes. A Chafee spokesman said the senator hopes to reinstate the critical habitat program, but with other senators he has asked a Colorado-based nonprofit group that specializes in collaborative problem solving to work with representatives of different business and environmental interests to come up with an acceptable compromise.

Chafee’s elitism shows through in his approach to privatizing law making, and every landowner who has been burdened by the ESA and every open government advocate should be contributing to Laffey’s campaign.

The Retail Numbers Are In.

Tuesday, December 27, 2005  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

And they are impressive.

Don’t tell Lost Angeles Times business non-reporter Michael Hiltzik, who early in the shopping season wrote:

The ideological spinners on the state of the U.S. economy made much of the recent upward revision in third-quarter GDP numbers and even more of retailers’ initially upbeat claims about “Black Thursday” crowds, as though honest, objective reporting that cited the tapped-out consumer, layoff announcements, and high energy prices were nothing but lefty attacks on the superb economic leadership of George W. Bush. Wait till the November retail sales figures arrive on Thursday, they said–that’ll prove that this is gonna be one of the best Christmas seasons ever!

Well, the numbers are in, and they stink.

Like much of the over-the-left-edge Times, Hiltzik can’t take off his blinders to see the economy as it is, as to do so will be to credit President Bush and the tax cuts with success. Never! Never! Another MSM Ahab joins the hunt.

Jack Kelly Spells It Out

Monday, December 26, 2005  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Irish Pennants’ Jack Kelly writes in the Toledo Blade:

It is despicable, but not illegal, for the news media to publish vital national secrets leaked to them. But the leakers have committed a felony.

Those who have demanded severe punishment for whoever it was who told reporters that Valerie Plame worked at the CIA have been remarkably forgiving about who leaked the existence of the NSA intercept program, which – like the earlier leak of secret CIA prisons for al-Qaeda bigwigs and unlike the Plame kerfuffle – has done serious harm to our national security.

But fortunately, by clapping New York Times reporter Judith Miller in irons until she talked, overzealous special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald has set a valuable precedent.

Attorney General Gonzales should subpoena Mr. Risen and Mr. Lichtblau, and have them cited for contempt of court if they do not disclose their source or sources. Maybe they could share Judy Miller’s old cell.

(HT: Michelle Malkin)

Earlier today I noted that most of the scribbling class has zero, real acquaintance with the intelligence community. (Conversations in bars don’t count. Clearances count.) Kelly, by contrast, is a former aide to Senators John Tower and Bill Armstrong –serious men who spent a lot of of their careers building the nation’s security– and a Marine, a paratrooper, and a fine handler of words. Kelly’s contempt for those in our current profession who relay the bulletins from lawbreakers is shared by every serious journalist who would rather make their reputations on other than the endangerment of the country.

(BTW: Jack’s better half, Pamela Winnick, is a Columbia Law grad, a columnist, and author of A Jealous God, which deserves a very wide read in the aftermath of the Dover case.)

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