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The jounalists are coming! Eek!

Harris County GOP Chair Jared Woodfill has a panic attack.

The chairman of the Harris County Republican Party sharply criticized Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia Thursday for granting jail access to a reporter and videographer from Al Jazeera English, an English-language offshoot of the Arabic news network.

GOP Chairman Jared Woodfill invited supporters to call the sheriff’s office and “voice concerns” about the decision to allow Al Jazeera English reporter Josh Rushing, a former public affairs officer for the U.S. Marine Corps in Iraq, to conduct interviews for a long-form news story about treatment of the mentally ill by U.S. law enforcement.

A “former public affairs officer for the U.S. Marine Corps in Iraq”. Clearly, you can see why Woodfill felt the need to sound the alarm.

Alan Bernstein, a spokesman for Garcia, said the sheriff’s office “fully vetted” the news crew’s request and found them to be legitimate, since the Al Jazeera network has been granted interviews by former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and that Rushing has regularly been granted access to the Pentagon for news stories.

“We decided that what was good enough for the Bush administration and the Pentagon was good enough for the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, and we’re proud to have welcomed a U.S. Marine home to Texas so he could do this story,” he said.

Oh, Alan. That’s so touchingly naive. Haven’t you learned by now that the standard that people like Jared Woodfill use for deciding whether or not something is good and wholesome, or evil and treasonous, is entirely dependent on whether they’re being done by Republicans or Democrats? This is why we must not allow President Obama to speak to our easily impressionable school children, lest they get the idea that they should stay in school and work hard to achieve their goals.

Bernstein criticized “misstatements” that he said were shared either on local talk radio, blogs or Woodfill’s initial e-mail, noting that Garcia never granted an interview and did not give the crew unfettered access to the jail but had a chaperone escort them at all times, as with any other media organization.

Perish the thought that any of that crowd might not have a slavish devotion to the truth. Hair Balls and Falkenblog have more.

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7 Comments

  1. Baby Snooks says:

    “The Muslims are coming, the Muslims are coming.” Jared Woodfill is, well, Jared Woodfill. If nothing else he has increased the number of Independents in Harris County.

  2. Bill Kneer says:

    What useful purpose is there for letting them into our jails? NONE that I can see. It is my opinion that they are the propaganda arm of those who would rather us not be alive….So why let them in? But if you feel it serves a useful purpose than please share your insight with us..

  3. Let me turn the question around on you, Bill. What useful purpose would have been served by denying them access? What exactly are you afraid that they might have seen? How does letting them say they were turned away gain anything for us?

  4. Bill Kneer says:

    It is my opinion that they are a useful propaganda are for our enemies, here is an example
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hVGmbzDLq5c

  5. Richard Dillon says:

    After all of the shady dealings that Al Jazeera has been involved with, I would show them the door before I’d let them any where near our County Jail. I think our Sheriff has plenty on his hands catching criminals to spend much time with the likes of Al Jazeera. Each time we respond positively to them we cooperate with their agenda of hatred for America, being a mouthpiece for terrorism, and betrayal of our allies, and I wouldn’t give them the time of day!

  6. Baby Snooks says:

    Each time we respond positively to them we cooperate with their agenda of hatred for America, being a mouthpiece for terrorism, and betrayal of our allies, and I wouldn’t give them the time of day!
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    That isn’t exactly what I would call responding positively to them – it smacks of the very attitude that bred the level of anger that sent millions to streets all around the world to celebrate 9/11.

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