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alp227 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-20-10 04:34 PM
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AG Eric Holder didn't read the Arizona immigration bill before criticizing it?
Edited on Thu May-20-10 04:45 PM by alp227
Through Brent Bozell's latest column I've learned that Attorney General Eric Holder did not read the Arizona illegal immigration bill before criticizing it. Bozell, labeling SB1070 "'controversial' (to the media, that is)", brings up Holder's response to Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX)'s question to Holder at a May 13 House Judiciary Committee hearing: Have you read the Arizona law? Holder responded: "I have not had a chance. I grant that I have not read it."

Bozell complains:

How many times have we watched liberals ridicule those dim-witted conservatives who object to the latest artistry of Hollywood leftists or books churned out by Ivy League academic cranks without having watched or read the allegedly offensive product? But now that Holder is caught in the very same predicament, the lefties are church-silent. How can you make arrogant cracks about Dubya and Palin barely being able to read, but skip over this gaffe?


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In fact, four days before this embarrassing episode, Holder sat for two network Sunday shows, with ABCs Jake Tapper and NBCs David Gregory, and neither asked if hed printed out and read the Arizona law. But can you blame them? Do reporters ask Jeff Gordon before Daytona if he put gas in the tank?


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ABC, CBS, and NBC all skipped Holders admission, just like NPR and the NewsHour on PBS. The newspapers of record were AWOL the New York Times, the Washington Post, USA Today, and the Los Angeles Times all passed, and so did the Associated Press. Time and Newsweek didnt find space even on their snarky quotes of the week pages.


Not so fast...a Google search yielded this May 14 Washington Post article "Holder is criticized for comments on Ariz. immigration law, which he hasn't read". The article notes that Holder's remark from last week was "an admission that continued to draw criticism Friday from some talk-radio hosts and conservative Web sites."

My take on this: Bozell didn't read the papers or use Google before coming to his conclusion. However, although Bozell criticizes Eric Holder for pre-judging the Arizona law as racist without reading it, Bozell doesn't even try to prove Holder wrong. Typical conservative hypocrisy.

The Washington Times (the uber-conservative competition to the Post) has a fuller quote of Holder:

I've just expressed concerns on the basis of what I've heard about the law. But I'm not in a position to say at this point, not having read the law, not having had the chance to interact with people are doing the review, exactly what my position is.


FoxNews.com has a transcript of the Poe/Holder exchange. It quotes Holder as saying: "I have not had a chance to -- I've glanced at it. I have not read it." Poe even appeared on Neil Cavuto's show to discuss the issue, and Fox News did consider this issue news.
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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-20-10 04:38 PM
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1. I'm shocked you're referencing Bozell; he's good...for nothin'. nt
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truedelphi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-20-10 04:42 PM
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2. Uh he is criticizing Bozell. Pointing out the flaws in this. n/t
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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-20-10 04:51 PM
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4. Duh. Like FR, I wouldn't worry about what any of them have to say.
They remind me of faux; not much that passes their lips is based in reality.
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bigwillq Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-20-10 04:48 PM
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3. I thought I heard Napolitano didn't either.
Edited on Thu May-20-10 04:51 PM by bigwillq
SMH.

Link is from a few days ago
http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/66122

Now, I haven't read the whole bill either. But I would think if you were a cabinet member, you should read the entire bill before going public with your criticism of the bill. You can do better than this, Janet, and Eric.
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Raine1967 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-20-10 04:54 PM
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5. Funny thing..
I have a right wing libertarian friend who asked the VERY same thing.

My question: What do YOU think about this? Do you believe this?
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harkadog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-20-10 05:28 PM
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9. Holder was testifying before Congress when he said he had not read it.
So I believe Holder when he says he has not read it. http://www.politico.com/blogs/joshgerstein/0510/Holder_...
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secondwind Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-20-10 05:10 PM
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6. I don't think they really had to read it; the gist of the sweeping AZ "reform" was plainly evident.


These people are sharp as tacks.
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harkadog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-20-10 05:24 PM
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7. I doubt the law schools Holder and Napolitano went to
teach your concept of legal thinking. In fact none do in the U.S.
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FrenchieCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-20-10 05:26 PM
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8. I haven't read it either,
and I'm against it.

I'm sure that if I read the "reasonable reason" clause,
maybe I'll come to love it? :shrug:
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