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lettermanLetterman says he was target of extortion attempt

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NEW YORK (CNN) — David Letterman told his audience Thursday that he is the victim of an alleged extortion attempt and admitted to having sexual relations with several members of his staff, according to a press release from his production company.


Letterman says he was target of extortion attempt

By LYNN ELBER, AP Television Writer Lynn Elber, Ap Television Writer – 25 mins ago

LOS ANGELES – David Letterman acknowledged on Thursday’s show that he had sexual relationships with female employees and that someone tried to extort him over the affairs.

During the taping of his CBS late-night show in New York, Letterman discussed receiving a threat to either pay $2 million or risk the relationships being made public.

In a release from the show’s producer, Letterman said he referred the matter to the Manhattan district attorney’s office and that an investigation ended in an arrest Thursday. Letterman did not identify the person he said was arrested.

As part of the case, Letterman said in a release that he testified before a grand jury and acknowledged sexual relationships with members of his staff.

CBS spokesman Chris Ender says “Letterman’s comments on the broadcast tonight speak for themselves.”


Lawyer for Terror Suspect Enters Not Guilty Plea — Najibullah Zazi Held Without Bail

CONFLICTING REPORTS (Brooklyn) — Najibulla Zazi, the man who authorities say is behind a terror plot that would have been the worst since 9/11, stood calm as he was arraigned in Federal Court this morning. His lawyer, Michael J. Dowling, entered a plea of not guilty on his behalf. Dowling said that Zazi “cannot be convicted as the case now stands”, arguing that there must be “others” involved for there to be a conspiracy. Dowling added, “it is not illegal to buy beauty products”, referring to charges that Zazi purchased numerous bottles of peroxide and acetone. Zazi is seen on store surveillance tapes in Colorado, making such purchases, according to authorities.

Federal prosecutors argued that this is a complex case of international terrorism, possibly involving “other governments”.

Zazi was ordered held without bail and is scheduled to be back in court on Dec 3.

In the meantime, authorities say they have identified three additional New York men who are connected to the case and further arrests could come by the end of the week.

Census Worker Lynching – Anti-Census Fury?

Authorities Eyeing “Anti-Government Sentiment”

The FBI and Kentucky State Police are investigating whether the lynching of a census worker in rural Kentucky is an anti-government attack. The body of 51-year-old Bill Sparkman was found hanging from a tree in a remote cemetery on September 12. The AP reports that the word “Fed” was scrawled on the victim’s chest — although authorities are not saying what implement was used. The killing of the census worker occurred in Clay County where the Census Bureau has suspended door-to-door interviews.

The motive for the killing — and whether Sparkman was targeted because he was a census worker — have not been determined. Police point out that there is a lot of drug activitiy in the area — particularly the manufacturing of methamphetimine. However, they are also looking at the possibility that the murder could be connected to Sparkman’s part-time work with the the Census Bureau, where he would go door-to-door to collect information

The 2010 census has become an issue for the right-wing in this country — led most notably by Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann who has said she is willing to break the law by refusing to provide census information to the governement. Bachmann has also whipped-up fear by suggesting that the Obama Administration is collecting the information for nefarious purposes. In an interview on Fox New in June Bachmann said that census information was used to intern Japanese-Americans during World War II.

If we look at American history, between 1942 and 1947, the data that was collected by the census bureau was handed over to the FBI and other organizations, at the request of President Roosevelt, and that’s how the Japanese were rounded up and put into the internment camps. I’m not saying that’s what the Administration is planning to do. But I am saying that private, personal information that was given to the census bureau in the 1940s was used against Americans to round them up.

Republican Senator Lamar Smith of Texas was among a group of senators who held a news conference to criticize the administration’s handling of the 2010 Census — Smith calling it a “threat to democracy”:

Republican Utah Congressman Jason Chaffetz is outraged at how the administration is handling the census. And on the stimulus vote — he wants names:

An excellent round-up on the extreme right-wing attacks on the census can be found at the Immelman for Congress website.

Roy Blunt – Racist Joke? You Make The Call

blunt-lewisWe are constantly being accused of seeing race in everything. So we’ll let you make the call on this one. Influential Republican Congressman Roy Blunt of Missouri:

You really don’t need to hear much more — but to make sure we are not accused of taking the “monkey in Washington” punchline out of context — here’s the full clip:

Double-amputee Tasered By Cops

taserGregory Williams has no arms and no legs.

He is wheelchair-bound and also has a bad heart.

But police in Merced, California were not able to subdue Williams without tasering him twice to the ribcage. Williams was not armed. Then they left the 40 year-old man on the ground in broad daylight, with his pants down and his privates showing. Then he got thrown in jail where remained for six days even though no charges were ever filed.

According to Williams:

They did what they did because they can get away with it. They’ve been doing it so long, it doesn’t matter who they do it to. They just think they can get away with it.

An internal affairs investigation is being conducted into the incident.

Watch the video…

FOX NEWS PRODUCER — Not As IN-Experienced As You May Think

heidi noonanFox News says it’s merely the actions of an inexperienced associate producer.  But Heidi Noonan may not be as lacking in experience as the news network would like you to believe.  At least, you have to wonder why someone so wet behind the ears would fetch the assignments she has.  Experience aside, Heidi Noonan became the most talked-about TV news producer this weekend as a videotape surfaced of her whipping-up anti-Obama protesters in Washington as she was setting-up a live report for correspondent Griff Jenkins. First of all, one has to wonder why Fox News would assign someone as light-on-news-credentials as Heidi Noonan to a story that the network itself believed to be so important. 

And Conflicting Reports has learned that Heidi Noonan has had the privilege of covering more than just a one-time weekend event on the Mall in Washington. 

I was under the impression that only experienced producers were assigned to the iconic venues of American government — the White House, Congress, the Supreme Court.  Let’s take Congress.    If you were to assign someone who lacks experience, I would think that the assignment would be on the lighter side, maybe a new member of the House or a tutorial on how a bill makes its way through Congress 

So we find it interesting that Heidi Noonan has been assigned to cover none other than the stalwart of the Senate — the late Edward Kennedy.

 This memo from Heidi Noonan to folks back at Fox News headquarters:

From: Noonan, Heidi
Sent: Mon Nov 17 12:18:13 2008
Subject: Urgent Sen. Kennedy’s remarks

Came into Russell Rotunda around 1158 with his 2 dogs and wife vicki here are his remarks:

I feel fine and looking forwars to the session with Pres elect Barack Obama on heathcare and all things on our agenda.

Thanks for your thoughts and prayers overtime. It’s delightful to be back.

Hopefully prime item on the agenda.

Also the environment of Pres elect Obama has indicated it is prime. Good team working over the period of late summer and fall has given us a good start. He’s (obama) stated that.

Say hello to [Splash] And sunny. They’ve been behaving very well and are trying to decide which will be top dog.

He then entered the main hall in Russell to a room full of cheers and clapping.

This was shot to tape and feeding back shortly.

Below is the formal statement released.

Heidi Noonan
Fox News Channel • Washington, DC

And since Fox News is well aware that Heidi Noonan is so inexperienced, they would never allow her to contribute to a report, or put her name on a story.  Right?


Sen. Edward Kennedy arrived on Capitol Hill Monday with his wife and two dogs — the first time the Massachusetts Democrat has been at work since July after he was diagnosed a month earlier with a brain tumor.

Kennedy said he’s feeling great and wants to work on an economic stimulus proposal before trying to expand health care for all Americans through legislation next year. He was in town for the start of the lame duck session of Congress, expected to last about a week before finishing up for the year.

In a statement, Kennedy said he will “continue to lay the ground work for early action by Congress on health reform when President Obama takes office in January. We’ve been making real progress in our discussions about a consensus approach and I’m optimistic we’ll succeed.”

He added that he is “grateful for the prayers and good wishes I’ve received over the past several months. They have certainly lifted my spirits, as has the election of Barack Obama as our 44th president.”

Kennedy was greeted by cheers as he entered the main hallway of his Senate office building. He joked that his two dogs, Splash and Sunny, were behaving well and vying to be top dog.

Kennedy, 76, was last on Capitol Hill for a July 9 vote on a Medicare bill that passed despite Bush administration opposition. That was his sole return to Congress following surgery on June 2 for a malignant brain tumor that usually gives patients only a few years survival.

Kennedy delivered a speech at the Democratic National Convention in Denver in August. He was an early supporter of Obama.

FOX News’ Heidi Noonan contributed to this report.

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Well at least she didn’t whip the dogs into a frenzy to make for a better story.