CBS/Infinity Radio blacks out anti-terror conference
by Frank Salvato
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CBS/Infinity Radio has refused to air paid commercial announcements
for an upcoming non-partisan symposium on terrorism, claiming "people
might be too emotionally affected" by it.
Peopleís Truth Forum, which is sponsoring the symposium titled
The Radical-Islamist Threat to World Peace and National Security
to be held in Connecticut on Sept. 21, was rebuffed by CBS/Infinity
Radio when the PTFís president, Jeffrey Epstein, tried to purchase
commercial time to publicize the event.
The official statement from CBS/Infinity Radio said, "Too many people
might be emotionally affected by the subject matter. Ö It's too
controversial to be aired at this time."
CBS/Infinity Radio's decision comes on the heels of the recent
terrorist bombings in London which claimed over 50 lives.
"The commercial segments were to commence on July 18. They were
considered critical to the success of our symposium, which has
received quite a bit of favorable response from the 'First Responder'
community," Epstein said. "We have people coming from as far away as
Australia to attend the event."
The symposium is scheduled to feature lectures by Dr. Harvey Kushner,
noted terrorism expert; Brigitte Gabriel, a former anchor for world
news in the Middle East and a prominent Arab-American journalist;
Robert Spencer, noted author on the subject of terrorism and publisher
of JihadWatch Ė published weekly in Human Events; and Laura Mansfield,
author and counterterrorism expert.
After having preliminarily agreed to air eight 60-second commercial
segments on WTIC-AM in Hartford Connecticut Ė a CBS/Infinity affiliate
station Ė Epstein was contacted by a CBS/Infinity's sales
representative with the news of the cancellation. The sales
representative stated that the decision had come down from
CBS/Infinity's legal division and that the decision was final.
"CBS is blocking a potent message from being disseminated to both our
citizenry and the regionís first responders who would benefit from
being in attendance," Epstein said, noting, "A number of congressmen
and senators from across the country are supporting our efforts."
U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo, R-Colo., is scheduled to attend and has
recently endorsed Epstein's efforts.
Coming for Rove
White House advisor Karl Rove had several fronts open up on him over
the weekend. Foremost among them was Joe Wilson, whose wife Valerie
Plame is at the center of whether her name was illegally leaked.
However, Wilson repeatedly refused to disclose in questioning whether
his CIA employee wife Valerie Plame had been stationed overseas in the
five years prior to having her named revealed in the press in 2003. A
person must have been stationed overseas in order for the Intelligence
Identities Protection Act to have been violated.
Another front that began earlier last week involved charges that Rove
learned Plame was a secret agent from government documents. This also
would be a necessary factor in violating the Intelligence Act. Rep.
Jane Harman accused Rove of those specific actions. However, Sunday on
Fox News Sunday Brit Hume challenged Harman that there were reports
that Rove learned the information from a White House reporter and how
could she prove her statement was true?
Harman responded, "Well, I can't know absolutely that it's not true -
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Timeís reporter Mathew Cooper told Sunday talk show listeners that he
did learn that Plame was a C.I.A. agent from Rove. This has increased
pressure by Democrats to have Rove removed.
It seems that it is highly unlikely that Rove caused the leaking of
Plame and even if he did there is still the doubt of whether it was a
crime. Now, however, according to
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This points toward a potential problem for Rove in the direction of
Fitzgerald's investigation. It now has expanded beyond its original
mission -- to determine if the 1982 law was violated -- to encompass
whether any White House officials, including Rove and Fleischer, have
testified falsely about the case or obstructed justice by trying to
cover up their involvement in the leak, according to people familiar
with the case who cite a pattern of questioning by Fitzgerald.
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hunting big game, according to several legal experts. They say that is
demonstrated by the fact that he has done something that no federal
prosecutor has done in 30 years: send a reporter, Judith Miller of the
New York Times, to jail for refusing to divulge with whom she spoke
about the Wilson-Plame case.
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Here are the two most prominent people in presidential politics three
summers away from the national nominating conventions: A Republican
who very likely can win the general election but likely can't win his
own party's nomination. And a Democrat who very likely can win her
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Associated Press. Excerpt:
High atop the list of those to meet was former Republican Gov. Terry
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here, and I'm willing to give advice and counsel."
Branstad had dinner Friday night with Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.
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Those contributions, received from April 1 through June 30, were
combined with previous donations to give the New York Democrat nearly
$12.6 million in cash in her high-stakes campaign for a second term.