Keller: “…not all of them urged us not to publish”

Posted by: ST on June 27, 2006 at 8:47 am

In the continuing firestorm over the decision of the NYT to publish the bank transaction monitoring story comes this important tidbit of information, from Allah at Hot Air: In an interview the NYT’s Bill Keller gave to CNN, he pointed out that three people outside of the administration (who were, incidentally, Democrats – Correction: Tom Kean is a Republican – a commenter whose comment I accidentally deleted pointed that out) were asked to call the NYT about the story prior to its being published to urge them not to publish. Two people of the three did exactly that: urging the NYT not to publish were 9-11 Commission co-chairs Governor Tom Kean and Congressman Lee Hamilton.

Who was the third guy to call who apparently did NOT urge the NYT not to publish the story?

Rep. John Murtha. Via Bryan at Hot Air:

“Not all of them urged us not to publish” says Keller. Which means one of them green-lighted the story, or at least didn’t go to bat for the administration. The boss has the definitive answer as to which two of the three did urge the Times not to publish: Hamilton and Kean, who were the co-chairs of the Omission. They’re identified by Treasure Secretary John Snow as having weighed in with the Times against publication.

Which leaves Murtha as the one who did not urge the Times not to publish the story. Murtha greenlighted it. That’s the same Jack Murtha who has been prejudging the Marines guilty of a massacre in Haditha and trying to get us out of Iraq quick enough so we can all watch the fledgling Iraqi government collapse rather than waiting until it can defend itself.

My question is: why in the world would the administration ask Rep. John Murtha to do anything for them? He’s proven himself completely untrustworthy time and time again on matters of national security. Them asking Rep. Murtha to call the NYT on their behalf makes no sense.

PM Update I: Is ST show prep for Rush? (Just kidding :) ) He mentioned the same point I did about not understanding why the WH would ask Rep. Murtha to call the NYT and urge them not to publish the story.

PM Update II: Powerline points to a NYT editorial from Sept. 24, 2001 on terror finance monitoring in an appropriately labelled post: “That was then.” Make sure to read the key excerpt they have posted there from the piece, which is now a PPV piece if you visit the NYT site. (Hat tip: ST reader Bak in the comments section of this post)

PM Update III: Here’s the direct link to the full NYT editorial from 9-24-01 (Hat tip: Captain Ed)

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    1. Leslie says:

      I imagine they asked Murtha because they hoped the Times would listen to him. And maybe they should have.

      “But the snail replied, ‘Too far, too far!’
      And gave a look askance –
      Said he thanked the whiting kindly,
      But he would not join the dance.”

    2. PCD says:


      Murtha urged the NYTimes to publish. It seems Rep. Murtha just hates America and must, like Clintonista Strobe Talbot, consider national borders and National Security a quaint concept to be discarded in light of modern thinking.

    3. scmommy says:

      Since Mad Murtha urged to publish, can he be tried for Treason?

    4. Dave in CO says:

      Maybe the administration thought that Murtha was capable of setting aside rabid partisanship for a short time and actually do something positive for his country instead of assisting the terrorists.

      They thought wrong.

    5. Baklava says:

      Wow. I was actually surprised to hear he was asked to intervene and am NOT surprised that he worked against the troops again.

      This is a very interesting tidbit that can only be used by people with VERY distorted logic against people like Michelle Malkin and such (KSH). If you are looking for accuracy and conservative opinion you will get it with Michelle. The fact that she updated her sight with the news that Keller admitted not all and crossed out Murtha’s name shows the accuracy. The conservative opinion is that Murtha again acted against the United States interests. 1) Against soldiers on the field not giving them due process and judging them cold blooded killers 2) Against the generals int he field and second guessing the troop levels that they are asking for 3) Leaking things and urging the NY Times to leak things that are helping us fight a war on terrorizing thugs.

      If this is not definative proof to the people in Murtha’s district that he should be recalled, or defeated then I don’t know what would help liberals in his district… Any liberal except Murtha would better serve the United States.

    6. Baklava says:

      The New York Times on September 24th 2001.

      I saw this from Say Anything (another liberal turned conservative) who say someone in Free Republic reporting what the New York Times said about Tracking down the FINANCES of terrorizer thugs.

    7. G-Monster says:

      Can someone reprint the article. There is no way I am paying the NY Times to read thier bs.

    8. Baklava says:

      I can only see snippets on Free’s site. (linked by Say Anthing)

    9. scmommy says:

      Go here:


      Powerline doesn’t have the whole thing but a good piece of it.

    10. Lorica says:

      Jack Murtha just proved the conspiracy wrong that GW wants this war to last onto Eternity. By uncovering this program the NYT and Murtha has only allowed the enemy to take his finances underground making this war last all that much longer. These guys are just clueless. Anything to get back into power, and that must include treason. The present Dem party is just so sad, a shadow of it’s former self. – Lorica

    11. I’ve posted a link to the excerpt of the NYT editorial in question in an update.

    12. We must have been posting a the same time, scmommy ;)

    13. scmommy says:

      Great minds think alike!:)>-

    14. Mahwah says:

      Yeah, that’s all I get too. Like G-M I also refuse to give the NY Slimes any of my $$. But the snips are enough to get an idea of the tone and content of the article – ‘let’s get the bad guys any way we can’.

      This quote from Say Anything that Bak linked to says it all:

      “It is sad how, for many on the left (including the editorial staff at the Times), the war against terror has more and more taken a back seat to the war against Bush the further we get from that tragic day in September”

      As for Murtha – he’s just the latest stooge of the Democrats who are taking their marching orders from the Howard Dean camp and competing for a spot in the Lunatic Fringe. We all know Jack’s true intent is to be the front runner for Speaker of the House, or at very least House Minority Leader so the more outrageous and irresponsible he acts, the more favorable to Democrat leadership he becomes. Theres some interesting tidbits about ‘Mad Jack’ here from the website Powerline that was published a few days ago.

    15. Baklava says:

      LA Times people need to confer with each other to get their stories straight.

      Hugh Hewitt NAILS them on inconsistencies in their stories.

    16. Mahwah says:

      I take too long to compose my posts…. I was referencing the post by Bak five posts up…


    17. Baklava says:

      Keep it up (V jokes aside) Mahwah. We like what your fingers are doing… :d

    18. benning says:

      Maybe he was asked precisely because the Admin knew he’d refuse. Cements his creds as a traitor, huh?

    19. PCD says:

      I received this in my email. It didn’t have a URL attached, but I think it is very germaine to this conversation.

      From a B-17 Pilot in WW II.

      Ghost of “Tokyo Rose”

      Anyone who remembers anything about World War II or has studied anything about World War II will understand and remember that during World War II, the Japanese developed a way to demoralize the American forces.

      The Japanese psychological warfare experts developed a message they felt would work. They gave their psychological warfare script to their famous broadcaster “Tokyo Rose” and every day she would broadcast this same message packaged in different ways, hoping it would have a negative impact on American GI’s morale.

      What was that demoralizing message?

      It had three main points:

      1. Your President is lying to you. 2. This war is illegal. 3. You cannot win the war

      Does this sound familiar? Is it because ?

      Tokyo Hillary,

      Tokyo Harry,

      Tokyo Teddy

      Tokyo Nancy,

      Tokyo Durbin,

      Tokyo Kerry,

      etc. have all learned from the former enemies of our country and have picked up the same message and are broadcasting it on

      Tokyo CNN,

      Tokyo ABC,

      Tokyo CBS,

      Tokyo NBC,

      etc., to our troops?

      The only difference is that they claim to support our troops before they demoralize them. Come to think of it … Tokyo Rose told the American Troops she was on their side, also!

      “The fundamental problem infecting much of Congress, the media, and the political class—especially those left of center—is that they are consumed with loathing for President Bush and all his works, and are prepared to do anything to undermine him, even if it makes the country less safe.”
      —Morton Kondracke

    20. Mahwah says:

      Wow. Nice post PCD. A very valid comparison, I’d say.

    21. PCD says:

      Thank you, very much, Mahwah. Too bad it is so damned true!