March 1, 2007
Carl Levin, secret ventriloquist?
For some reason, the press keeps putting Carl Levin's words in other people's mouths.
A few days ago it was Walter Pincus of the Washington Post, who pawned off Sen. Levin's savage attack on Douglas Feith as the work of the Department of Defense's Inspector General.
Yesterday it was the New York Times which misattributed his remarks to Director of National Intelligence:
A front-page news analysis article yesterday about a suicide bomb attack on an American base in Afghanistan during Vice President Dick Cheney's visit, in which he expressed support for the fight against Taliban insurgents, misattributed a quotation about security threats from a Washington hearing held by the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday. It was Senator Carl Levin of Michigan, the Democratic chairman of the committee - not Mike McConnell, the new director of national intelligence, the person testifying, who said, "Long-term prospects for eliminating the Taliban threat appear dim, so long as the sanctuary remains in Pakistan, and there are no encouraging signs that Pakistan is eliminating it." (Go to Article)