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Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Why is there are virtual blackout on the United Arab Emirates port takeover?

Once again, the NY Post is playing point guard on the the purchase of a London company by a United Arab Emirates company that gives responsibility over the security details of 6 major sea ports in our country. The last story gave the impression that perhaps this sale had slipped by the Bush Administration and showed Chuck Schumer leading the charge in making them aware of it. With the initial story and Schumer's intervention giving the administration time to step in, it appears they have decided to allow it as the deal was finalized today. This is a huge error in judgement on Bush's part as I would find it very hard to believe he does not yet know about it.

What is shocking is that there appears to be a virtual media blackout on the entire affair. I am asking myself why the media is not going in for an obvious kill that has been handed to them on a silver platter? My only theory is that their pro-muslim world view blinds them to the serious nature of this transfer. But what about the others? I am not seeing any of the major conservative talk show hosts discussing it. Now I do not hear their entire shows, so maybe they slipped it in. If it is not being discussed, I would like to know why. I can only hope that this gets more attention and is somehow corrected.

Update: WorldNetDaily is now reporting on this as breaking news. Better late than never. I was beginning to wonder if it was a hoax, but the WorldNetDaily story has more quotes from Schumer, whom I have never had one good thing to say about...until now.

Another Update: Yahoo via AFP has the story, but you have to do a news search for it to find it. So it seems to be for real. The question is why the silence? Also, when are they going to fix it?


  • At 5:54 PM, Blogger LASunsett said…

    Send this info to Michael Savage. He isn't afraid to take anything on. I don't always agree with him, but he says it like he thinks it and would love this for a diatribe.

    I'd say, that if this is accurate, this is a gross misjudgement and needs rectified immediately.

  • At 6:04 PM, Blogger All_I_Can_Stands said…

    Savage has been talking about it the last two days and has a link on his website. I did not mention it because some people get bent out of shape at the mention of his name and tune out what you are saying. Same with Rush, although I have not heard Rush talking about this.

    Savage is very interesting to listen to, but goes off the deep end about 10% of the time. He does say things that need to be said, but others are afraid to do so.

    I am shocked this still is not being picked up on. I am beginning to wonder if it is a hoax, but I would not expect the NY Post to print a hoax, especially one with a quote by Schumer.

  • At 7:02 PM, Blogger LASunsett said…

    I haven't listened to him since Monday, so I must have missed it. You are right about Michael, he gets too far out on the frimge at times, but you always know where he stands and he is not afraid to criticize anyone that screws up.

  • At 7:02 PM, Blogger LASunsett said…

    BTW, I linked to your post and forwarded this by e-mail to some people.

  • At 8:01 PM, Blogger Kender said…

    I love Savage, and was called the Savage of xradio when I was there....send emails to the white house about it.....I am

  • At 10:48 PM, Blogger All_I_Can_Stands said…

    Monday the first hour he mentioned it. Tuesday second hour he was calling it "Portgate".

    Thanks for the link. I think this is a critical issue. It is also telling that the media has spent so much time on Cheney, they can't do what is really important.

    Kender, welcome and thanks for the comments. I will definitely send the White House an email about this.

    Savage is a very interesting person. He has had a colorful life that comes through in his stories. He can be so moody. I love his accent. Cracks me up when he starts to play a clip and then starts shouting at the clip to shut it up. He definitely gets around to offending everybody. At least he is an equal opportunity offender.

  • At 2:49 PM, Anonymous Bill_of_Rights said…

    The Washington Post posted this story on February 11th. It's here, but I think you might have to register on the site (free) to read it. Some salient quotes from it:

    "A company in the United Arab Emirates is poised to take over significant operations at six American ports as part of a corporate sale, leaving a country with ties to the Sept. 11, 2001 hijackers with influence over a maritime industry considered vulnerable to terrorism."

    We're talking ports in New York, New Jersey, Baltimore, New Orleans, Miami and Philadelphia.

    "DP World said it won approval from a secretive U.S. government panel that considers security risks of foreign companies buying or investing in American industry.

    The U.S. Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States "thoroughly reviewed the potential transaction and concluded they had no objection," the company said in a statement to The Associated Press.

    The committee, which could have recommended that President Bush block the purchase, includes representatives from the departments of Treasury, Defense, Justice, Commerce, State and Homeland Security.

    The State Department describes the UAE as a vital partner in the fight against terrorism. But the UAE, a loose federation of seven emirates on the Saudi peninsula, was an important operational and financial base for the hijackers who carried out the attacks against New York and Washington, the FBI concluded."

    This is why we on the other side of the fence from you jump up and down so much about how, despite all the big talk about protecting America, the Bush administration just does not deliver when it really matters. This really matters.

    The media blackout of this is stunning, but to make another point, it is indicative as to how the media really isn't as liberal as you people often suggest. When it all boils down to it, it's all corporate, which is about as un-liberal as you can get.

  • At 4:36 PM, Blogger All_I_Can_Stands said…

    bill, thanks for the link. I saw something from the NY Post on Monday and looked around for mention of this and could not find it. The "blackout" is very troubling. It now seems to be getting attention as I see it on CNN now and other places.

    "This really matters."
    We agree on something else. I am waiting on the edge of my seat to hear an explanation of this from the top of the administration. If Bush comes out and states that the UAE is a key ally and there is nothing to worry about, I will be very angry.

  • At 4:40 PM, Blogger All_I_Can_Stands said…

  • At 6:28 PM, Anonymous amused observer said…

    I agree with the other commenters that this is disturbing and certainly more worthy of discussion than what I intend to post about, but since Bill_of_Rights felt the need to slip the following little nugget in, I wanted to respond:

    "The media blackout of this is stunning, but to make another point, it is indicative as to how the media really isn't as liberal as you people often suggest. When it all boils down to it, it's all corporate, which is about as un-liberal as you can get."

    Of course, to most (or at least to "us people"), this assertion requires no rebuttal. But, since in a different thread Bill chose to accuse those who disagree with him of "ignor[ing] inconvenient details" and having "little respect for truthfulness," I feel compelled to respond. Can we assume from your comments, Bill, that you are either unaware or have just decided to completely ignore and discount the academic studies that establish the liberal bias in the mainstream media?

    Let me give you just a couple examples:

    From "A Measure of Media Bias" published by professors from the UCLA Political Science Dept. and Univ. of Missouri Economics Dept:

    "Our results show a strong liberal bias. All of the news outlets except Fox News’ Special Report and the Washington Times received a score to the left of the average member of Congress."

    "The New York Times reported that only eight percent of Washington correspondents thought George W. Bush would be a better president than John Kerry. This compares to 51 percent of all American voters.... These statistics suggest that Washington correspondents, as a group, are more liberal than almost any congressional district in the country. For instance, in the Ninth California district, which includes Berkeley, twelve percent voted for Bush in 1992, nearly double the rate of the correspondents. In the Eighth Massachusetts district, which includes Cambridge, nineteen percent voted for Bush, approximately triple the rate of the correspondents."

    And how about the Princeton Survey Research Associates survey from 2001 that found that "members of the media were four times as likely to identify themselves as 'liberal' than as 'conservative'" and "seven times more likely to identify themselves as 'Democrat' than as 'Republican'"?

    Nah, no media bias.

  • At 8:20 PM, Blogger LASunsett said…

    Amused covered Bill's last paragraph quite well.

    So since nothing more needs to be said on that issue, I will take this paragraph:

    //This is why we on the other side of the fence from you jump up and down so much about how, despite all the big talk about protecting America, the Bush administration just does not deliver when it really matters. This really matters.//

    Now you have something to jump up and down about. So now, can you see that when you do have something to jump up and down about, we that disagree with your specific ideology most of the time, will be there jumping up and down with you. When you have a valid argument, we will listen.

    But the real problem with the left is, they jump up and down on just about everything. Most of it is over nothing. Do that enough and very few people are going to believe you, when it really counts. It's the boy who cries wolf that has no credibility.

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