The man who chose to print Top Secret defense secrets during a time of war now finds himself on the defensive after getting fired/resigned from his top job at the Gray Lady.
Bill Keller, who should have been tried for treason, creeps off to a staff writer job at the NY Times.
A word or two for Mr. Keller.
You should have made BETTER CHOICES.
As for me, I don't regret a word that I wrote/said/blogged about Keller during the SWIFT database fiasco that created a firestorm of controversy back in '07. Read further for a re-cap that I am sure the Mainstream Media will be again mischaracterize later today.
If the Left ever wonders why so many conservatives are outraged by what they read from Liberal publications (such as the New York Times or the American Prospect) one need not meander any further than Greg Sargent's interview with me last Thursday.
No, I am NOT backing away from any of the comments I made in the "Horse's Mouth" blog.
But I am pointing out that the summarization of my comments is completely misleading, and totally in character for people who despise those of us who work ceaselessly to stand-up for our troops in time of war, and who are outraged when others refuse to do the same.
First, folks, to the headline:
TALK SHOW HOST MELANIE MORGAN SAYS 'ANY NEWSPAPER EDITOR' WHO PUBLISHES CLASSIFIED INFO SHOULD BE 'LOCKED IN A STEEL CAGE,' MURDERED BY FAMILY MEMBERS OF SLAIN TROOPS, AND SENT TO THE 'HOTTEST CORNER OF HELL.'
The truth: I pointed out in my comments that if a person is TRIED AND CONVICTED of committing treason then obviously they should face the punishment for that crime.
That includes the death penalty.
I never suggested murdering Bill Keller of the NY Times or anyone else. Period. Look up the definition of murder. It's in Wikipedia, by the way.
The protest by The American Prospect and other anti-war liberals in the blogosphere over my statements shows either a naivete concerning the law, or more likely it demonstrates once again that those in the 'Blame America First' crowd are rabidly against the war on terrorism, and are blinded by all logic and reason.
And then there was this by Mr. Sargent "Now she's basically said that any editor printing classified national security information should be murdered, maybe it's time to check in with the corporate owners of her local station."
Again - a complete mischaracterization of my quotes. A more accurate summary should have read "Any editor who is responsible for leaking classified information and results in the deaths of American soldiers at a time of war should face the ultimate punishment for that crime, including the death penalty."
The exact quote to Mr. Sargent is "Let me answer your question with a question. If by leaking classified information that resulted in the deaths of American soldiers - let's just say that a terrorist purchased all the ingredients necessary for an IED and detonated it against a convoy of 18, 19, 20-something Marines, killing them - do you honestly think I would give a rat's rear-end how the editor who leaked that information dies? ....NO. I DO NOT CARE."
Because, after all, he or she is recieving the ultimate penalty for the charge of treason.
My WISH list for traitors who undertake to subvert national security interests that results in the deaths of American Soldiers is "to be locked in a steel cage with the family members of slain troops who would happily deliver the ultimate punishment of death, and then sent to the hottest corner of hell."
As a journalist of over 30 years experience covering the Mideast, the uprising for Democracy at Tiannamen Square in China, the return of hostages from the hijacking of a jetliner, I have a bit of experience in observing media convention, classified secrets, and the rule of law. And apparently Richard Valeriani, a long time former NBC reporter agrees by saying that the New York Times decision to publish is akin to 'giving Anne Frank's address to the Nazi's.'
I might also point out to Mr. Sargent that his squealing over my comments most likely would evaporate if one of his friend's or loved one's were to suffer harm at the hands of the terrorists as a result of the repeated attempts to undermine the war effort by deliberately leaking/publishing classified material, and in doing so provided aid and comfort to the enemy.
One other thing. The people within the United States government who actually leaked to the NYTimes, WaPo, LAT, and Wall Street Journal such a successful, worthy program as the SWIFT database should join the folks I have suggested in taking up residence in the hottest corner of hell.
Finally, I'm delighted to report that your efforts to have me blackballed from Hardball with Chris Matthews on MSNBC were entirely unsuccessful.
After all, there is a First Amendment. And it works both ways. Much as the Left hates that.