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Thursday, February 4, 2010
Jeffrey's Obama-Bashing Overtaken By Events

Terry Jeffrey's Feb. 3 column was the kind of attack on President Obama we've come to expect from his news organization. This time he asserted that Obama is hiding "the facts about who decided what and when" regarding the arrest and questioning of accused underwear bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab and that he either "acted with gross negligence or with gross stupidity" in allowing Abdulmutallab to be Mirandized, after "the FBI had only been able to question Abdulmutallab for 50 minutes."

Then Jeffrey's attack ran into a dose of reality: The Washington Post reported that Abdulmutallab "has been providing FBI interrogators with useful intelligence about his training and contacts since last week."

Oops! Even Jeffrey had to concede that this pretty much undermined the premise of his attack -- to the point that he added an "editor's note" to the top of the column noting the Post article, een the part about how investigators getting members of Abdulmutallab's family involved in the process "have proved vital in getting Abdulmutallab to talk ... indicating that it would have been counterproductive to interrogate him under military rules, as some have suggested."

We'd suggest that Jeffrey and CNS ease up on the Obama-bashing since it tends to be counterfactual, but unfortunately, being counterfactual isn't exactly a deterrent to them.

Posted by Terry K. at 7:25 AM EST

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