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March 24, 2004 -- Don Imus called CBS's Lesley Stahl a "gutless, lying weasel" yesterday for abruptly canceling an interview during which Imus planned to hammer her about conflict-of-interest allegations.

"I realize it's a little late in your life, honey, to start gettin' honest, but just say 'I don't want to appear on the program . . . because I heard what he said earlier this morning,' " Imus railed.


What Imus had said earlier is that he was going to ask Ms. Stahl about 60 Minutes' segment on Richard Clarke and his book which is critical of the Bush admin about terrorism. The book's publisher is owned by Viacom which also owns 60 Minutes, but the staff of 60 Minutes was too dishonest to disclose that connection (not to mention too dishonest to give such prominent voice to any of the many books critical of the previous admin or supportive of the current one).

Imus went on to call Stahl "one of the more dishonest members of the media" for going so easy on Clarke.

"She did everything but slip her tongue in his ear," said sidekick Bernard McGuirk.

"No wonder Fox [News Channel] is killing people [in the ratings] - because people hate these people [liberal media left-wing toadies]," said Imus.

--fleg

P.S. Imus is no Bush fan and opposed the Iraq war but he's an honest guy
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http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,115085,00.html

Clarke praises Bush team in 2002.

2828
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I saw this interview, and Stahl did no such thing. "Slip her tongue in his ear?" She expressed disbelief. This ninny's biggest gaff was when Clarke pointed out the high cost of fighting the wrong enemy, and Stahl burbled out, "What cost is that?"

I mean, WTF? Lady? Ever hear of Iraq. Sheesh.

To be honest, I lost all respect for Stahl when she revealed that during the Reagan years, she interviewed Reagan and quickly realized that he had Alzheimer's but chose not to reveal this to the American public. Who died and made her God and gave her the ability to pick and choose whether or not essential information about their leader is made available to the American public? And yet she would be the first to squeal if Pravda had refused to mention that Yeltsin was a roaring alcoholic of the first water...

Imus doesn't have an honest bone in his body, so it's somewhat "pot kettle black." His description of the Clarke/Stahl interview is frankly weird to one who actually saw the interview.
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http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,115085,00.html

Clarke praises Bush team in 2002.


This seems to indicate that a flip-flop has occurred. No doubt Kerry will immediately distance himself from this supporter just like he did from his "foreign evil dictators and socialists support me" position.

--fleg
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The Stahl interview looked very practiced to me. Her with all those shocked facial expressions and no tough questions, just umpteen opportunities to ramble for Clarke. I don't even know why i watch that show it just pisses me off with all the one sidedness. At least on Fox you hear both sides, although the liberal side gets maybe a little less time. 60 Minutes presents one side and acts like it's a fact. Now it's coming out that Clarke praised Bush in 2002 and wrote him a glowing resignation letter after that. What we have to ask is what changed? I bet the same thing happened to Alex Poliers parents, it's called cash people.

2828
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The book's publisher is owned by Viacom which also owns 60 Minutes, but the staff of 60 Minutes was too dishonest to disclose that connection

I'm just curious if Imus disclosed - during his diatribe - that his program is hosted on the Viacom owned radio station in New York, that the syndication of his program is handled by a Viacom business group, and that his own paycheck says "Viacom" on it?

What? You mean he's generating controversy, getting higher ratings, and increasing his pay without disclosing this obvious conflict of interest?

Wow. Holy ratings, Batman!
 
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Oh yeah, Clark is also good friends with Kerrys' foriegn policy advisor, but Beers said he doesn't know anything about Clarkes' book. If you were good friends with someone who was writing a book do you think you'd know something about what's in it?

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Oh yeah, Clark is also good friends with Kerrys' foriegn policy advisor, but Beers said he doesn't know anything about Clarkes' book. If you were good friends with someone who was writing a book do you think you'd know something about what's in it?

I don't know anything about a book, either, but what a lucky bastard to have the surname "Beers."

sydsydsyd
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What? You mean he's generating controversy, getting higher ratings, and increasing his pay without disclosing this obvious conflict of interest?

He's criticizing another business in his owner's conglomerate. Can you see how that's different than pimping something and pretending like it's the real deal, as did 60 mins?

--fleg
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I'm just curious if Imus disclosed - during his diatribe - that his program is hosted on the Viacom owned radio station in New York, that the syndication of his program is handled by a Viacom business group, and that his own paycheck says "Viacom" on it?

What? You mean he's generating controversy, getting higher ratings, and increasing his pay without disclosing this obvious conflict of interest?

Wow. Holy ratings, Batman!
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Whaaaa? If Imus is getting his check from Viacom, then agreeing with what the books publisher and 60 minutes said would be bad, if he didn't disclose the conflict of interest. By disagreeing he is potentially hurting 60 Minutes and the books publisher. How can it be a conflict of interest if you are disagreeing? It doesn't make any sense, you can disagree with anyone for ratings.

2828
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I don't know anything about a book, either, but what a lucky bastard to have the surname "Beers."

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What would you name your son or daughter with a surname "Beers".

2828
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What would you name your son or daughter with a surname "Beers".

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"de" as in de Beers. Then I'd clean up on diamonds from South Africa.

arrete
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What would you name your son or daughter with a surname "Beers".

With a name like Beers, who needs another name? One name was good enough for Suharto, though I bet he secretly wished that he had a name like Megawati.

I once knew someone whose first name was Brown. Understandably, he didn't like that name very much. For reasons that I shall never comprehend, he decided instead to go by the name Skip. It would have been far more satisfactory if he had turned his weakness into strength by changing his last name to Ale.

sydsydsyd
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<<The book's publisher is owned by Viacom which also owns 60 Minutes, but the staff of 60 Minutes was too dishonest to disclose that connection>>

I'm just curious if Imus disclosed - during his diatribe - that his program is hosted on the Viacom owned radio station in New York, that the syndication of his program is handled by a Viacom business group, and that his own paycheck says "Viacom" on it?

What? You mean he's generating controversy, getting higher ratings, and increasing his pay without disclosing this obvious conflict of interest?

Wow. Holy ratings, Batman!


Hey, that's pretty funny. I wonder if they planned all this at Viacom specifically to get ratings :-)))

In any case, Imus may be talking about the controversy (along with many others), but I think 60 minutes and Stahl generated the controversy.
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I'm just curious if Imus disclosed - during his diatribe - that his program is hosted on the Viacom owned radio station in New York, that the syndication of his program is handled by a Viacom business group, and that his own paycheck says "Viacom" on it?

What? You mean he's generating controversy, getting higher ratings, and increasing his pay without disclosing this obvious conflict of interest?

Wow. Holy ratings, Batman!
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I'm sorry i still think this makes no sense. I think 40 people think the emperor has clothes on.

2828
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I think 40 people think the emperor has clothes on. -- 2828

They probably have a catch name for themselves, like Rush's Dittoheads. Maybe they're GoofyDoofies.

Moisturizes F. Sixpences
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An opinion columnist for my local paper has what I regard as a pretty good take on Clarke:

http://www.oregonlive.com/news/oregonian/david_reinhard/index.ssf?/base/editorial/1080219511314050.xml

Excerpt:

<<Consider the timing and context of his charges. If they're true, why did he wait so long to make them? Why didn't he make them the day he resigned his post in the Bush administration? A presidential dereliction of duty so vast would have required no less.

If he wanted his allegations treated seriously, why did Clarke make them in a book published in the middle of a presidential campaign in which his pal, Rand Beers, happens to be the top foreign policy adviser to John Kerry?>>

There's more to the article, all worth reading.

--fleg
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Rand Beers

Of all the possible first names that could be fitted to the excellent surname Beers, what sort of parent would choose "Rand"? One can only hope that the lad was not named after the maniacal pulp novelist, Ayn Rand.

sydsydsyd
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