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paineinthearse Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-23-05 11:20 AM
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56. Hinchey ties Rove to false Bush report

Hinchey ties Rove to false Bush report
By Paul Kirby, Freeman staff02/22/2005

Hinchey, D-Hurley, said Monday that comments he made at a "Town Hall" forum in Ithaca Saturday were an "exposition of a theory" based on circumstantial evidence about published accounts critical of the president's Air National Guard service, or lack thereof. pokespersons for CBS News, which aired a report based on the phony documents, and the White House could not be reached for comment on Hinchey's theory, which he gave during a forum on Social Security in Ithaca. His remarks were tape-recorded and posted on the Internet. During the forum, Hinchey blamed Karl Rove, President Bush's top political adviser, for concocting the plan to release phony documents to the media.

Hinchey said Friday that his opinions were his "beliefs" of what happened. "People have changed in the last four years," Hinchey said at the forum. "They've had a very, very direct, aggressive attack on the, on the media and the way it's handled. Probably the most flagrant example of that is the way they set up Dan Rather." Hinchey added that he believed the idea originated with Rove. "They set up those false papers," Hinchey said. "Why did they do it? They knew that Bush was a draft dodger. They knew that he had run away from his responsibilities in the Air National Guard in Texas, gone out of the state intentionally for a long period of time."

Hinchey, a frequent critic of Bush, said the Republican administration was just waiting for some media outlet to publish or report them. "They finally bought into it and they aired it," Hinchey said. "And when they did, they had 'em. They didn't care who did it. All they had to do is to get some element of the media to advance the issue."


Hinchey said it is no secret that the Bush administration will attack those in the media that they perceive are not friendly to the administration. The congressman said some reporters are being threatened with jail time over the Central Intelligence Agency agent-outing matter while a conservative columnist, Robert Novac, is being left alone. "He is not being subpoenaed (as part of an investigation) and he is the one who did the story," Hinchey said, referring to Novac's outing as an agent the wife of an ambassador who had criticized the Bush administration.
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