Tarry for the Nonce

March 29, 2006

Can’t Have It Both Ways

Filed under: Politics — lmwalker @ 4:01 pm

Much to the chagrin of Rep. Jim McDermott, domestic eavesdropping on your political opponents is really not permitted.

A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that Rep. Jim McDermott violated federal law by turning over an illegally taped telephone call to reporters nearly a decade ago . . .

McDermott, D-Wash., leaked to The New York Times and other news organizations a tape of a 1996 cell phone call. The call included discussion by Gingrich, R-Ga., and other House GOP leaders about a House ethics committee investigation of Gingrich.

A lawyer for McDermott had argued that his actions were allowed under the First Amendment, and said a ruling against him would have “a huge chilling effect” on reporters and newsmakers alike.

McDermott will have to pay Boehner more than $700,000.

Amusingly enough, as Best of the Web points out, the same New York Times that has launched a crusade against President Bush as a result of the terrorist surveillance program defended McDermott under the auspices that he did not personally make the tape.

All in all, the NYT should be happy that McDermott was hung out to dry. Now they can continue their rampage unabated by the stench of their own hypocrisy.

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