Daily Telegraph Lies

Reporting of the president’s commuting of Lewis Libby’s sentence provides an abject warning not to trust the Brit MSM.

First, here’s what happened:

President Bush yesterday commuted the 30-month prison sentence of I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, just hours after a federal appeals-court panel said the former White House aide could not remain free on bond pending an appeal…

“This case has generated significant commentary and debate,” Mr. Bush said, noting that neither Libby nor anyone else was charged with violating the Intelligence Identities Protection Act or the Espionage Act, which were the original concerns of the investigation into the leak of Mrs. Plame’s CIA role.

Now here’s the London Daily Telegraph (my emphasis):

President George W Bush last night spared the former White House aide Lewis “Scooter” Libby from jail, dramatically intervening in his case to commute his sentence while leaving the conviction intact.

Mr Libby had faced 30 months in jail for offences of perjury and obstruction of justice linked to the leaking of the identity of Valerie Plame, a covert CIA operative whose husband had angered the Bush administration by publicly questioning its use of Iraq intelligence.

The Daily Telegraph is spinning the Dem talk points and I will no longer trust it.

Still, the president’s decision is a good one since the judge’s sentencing was spiteful.

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One Response to Daily Telegraph Lies

  1. Gandalf,

    We have the Yahoo here in America named Harry Reid. Where else could an idiot like Reid rise to the point of being the Senate of the United States majority leader. He had some interesting comments about the Libby clemency.

    Note: “The Democratic majority leader in the US Senate, Harry Reid, called the clemency decision ‘disgraceful.’ ‘Libby’s conviction was the one faint glimmer of accountability for White House efforts to manipulate intelligence and silence critics of the Iraq war,’ Reid said in a statement. ”

    Talk about liars. Did you notice that he used his office to lie to the American public about something that he knows is false. He is trying to generate support against Bush and hence the War on Terror by “manipulating” (his word) the facts to cause Bush to lose support for the war and in the same breath accusing bush of letting him off of accountability for trying to silence the critics of the Iraq war.

    You might remember that Libby was convicted of lying about a statement that he made that had nothing to do with silencing critics of the war. In the first place the argument that Reid is making was note even part of the indictment and therefore the conviction. No charges were brought to the man that actually committed the “offense” (about Plame). Secondly, these comments were purported to be about her undercover work. She was not undercover and not protected by the law in question. If she was she really blew her own cover by telling numerous friends and neighbors.

    Reid knows this, but he hopes and prays the details of the truth have escaped enough Americans that he can manipulate their support for Bush and the War. He is the one that is lying contrary to his oath to uphold the Constitution of the U.S. Not to lie to Americans about things the Congress has the power over war concerning. That is tantamount to perjury in my opinion. …………..steve

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