Bob Hennelly, WNYC's contributing editor for politics and investigations, talks about the trial of Adis Medunjanin, accused of plotting to bomb the subway.
Wow! Hennelly goes from "investigative reporter" to bloviator in a NY second. I just heard the delayed broadcast of today's show in which Hennelly uses valuable air time to abandon his advertised role as reporter to give us his gratuitous opinions about the integrity of President Obama and Mayor Booker -- and you, Brian, let him do it. This really damages the credibility of the show. Brian, you should either rein in such opinionating or stop telling us that Hennelly is a news reporter. We get enough of this confusion on the web already -- you of all people should not be contributing to it.
Only Republicans should do victory laps and politicize terrorism and question other's loyalty. Remember "Mission Accomplished"? or the hit job on John Kerry's war in Vietnam?
No one should question HOW Republican politicians conduct themselves in government or when they hi-five themselves when they accomplish something like sending thousands of Americans and hundreds of thousands of Iraquis to a horrible bloody death. These lives didn't matter to begin with as they were not "Job Creators".
Jenny.. Regarding your question: "Could our mayors authorize the assasination of people that they think are terrorists?"
YES THEY CAN!.. It's called Stop & Frisk carried out by untrained police officers led by a police commissioner and polticians not accountable for their actions and decisions
Well we should give credit to Pres Obama for "getting" Bin Laden. After 9/11 Bush had us invade Iraq and then let Bin Laden get away into the mountains. Bush W said at one point he didn't know where Bin Laden was and did not care. Romney had said that the US needed permission from Pakistan to go into their territory and get Bin Laden. Well we got him, and thanks to the Obama team.
Bob Hennelley is wrong about Mayor Cory Booker. Perhaps this reporter secretly doubts he would have had the same courage to risk his life to save another, so he cannot fully embrace the depth of that act. Cory Booker's heroism is somethign to celebrate, and we need more of such coverage to inspire our higher calling. Cory Booker was humble and modest about this act. The media appropriately hungered for it. It is not a "next" moment Mr. Hennelly. I respect your reporting in general, but you are way off the mark on this one.
Bob Hennelly should be Cory Booker and Barack Obama's media consultant. Great advice that Booker and Obama should not be doing victory laps...
Give me a break, John Henley. If Bush had managed to find bin Laden, he would have been thumping his chest like the king of the jungle. Add Guiliani to that as well. And if the attack had failed, the Republican's would have been knocking each other over to put the President down as ineffective and soft on defense. Every President campaigns on past accomplishments, and this was one hell of an accomplishment.
Goodbye to Bob Henley's credibility. I guess I never noticed his BS before. Sadly after hearing him say he wouldn't go on Charlie Rose after saving someones life, I find it incredulous and it will forever slant my view of his reporting. But seriously, I think he went a little far into "Opinion" - Stick to the news Bob.
Good point about Corey Booker.
Is the US considered a rouge state in Pakistan?
We are in there bombing and assassinating people.
How is this going to play out in the long run?
Brian and Bob: you need to stop making up a narrative that this is a big deal that we are having a trial of an accused terrorist in civilian court. - It's insulting that you classify the statement of the prosecutor as a political statement. That was a statement defending our system of laws and justice. The push to have secret and military trails is the problem. Where we have certain interest groups in this country that want to politicize terrorism and undermine democracy. We have proven time and time again that terrorists can be prosecuted by the Justice department using a civilian jury without any questions about openness and fairness.
Let's stop rewriting or etch-a-sketching prior history to now pretend that having these trials is such a big deal. It's an INSULT to us as Americans to have politicians and self-serving experts explicitly state that our judicial system and our laws are deficient and that American citizens are incapable and untrustworthy to serve as jurors or prosecutors or guards in federal prison.
How much money are they spending to find these on off lunatics that they call "terrorists"?
Could our mayors authorize the assasination of people that they think are terrorists?
Like the way our all knowing Presidentes can....
Did Bob Hennelly report in one of yesterday's news updates that the 3 alleged perpetrators in this plot were "Arabs"? According to the New York Times, they are of Afghan descent. If that is correct, I'm really surprised that WNYC would confuse the two.
I expect that the NYPD and FBI will have people there photographing the people who defend and support the bomb plotters.
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