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.