Why the New York Times Chooses McCain Over Giuliani

On the Republican side, the New York Times endorses John McCain. That's not a story. The story is why it says it doesn't support Giuliani. It says the man who cleaned up New York and stood tall on 9/11 is not the man running for President.

The real Mr. Giuliani, whom many New Yorkers came to know and mistrust, is a narrow, obsessively secretive, vindictive man who saw no need to limit police power. Racial polarization was as much a legacy of his tenure as the rebirth of Times Square.

Mr. Giuliani’s arrogance and bad judgment are breathtaking. When he claims fiscal prudence, we remember how he ran through surpluses without a thought to the inevitable downturn and bequeathed huge deficits to his successor. He fired Police Commissioner William Bratton, the architect of the drop in crime, because he couldn’t share the limelight. He later gave the job to Bernard Kerik, who has now been indicted on fraud and corruption charges.

The Rudolph Giuliani of 2008 first shamelessly turned the horror of 9/11 into a lucrative business, with a secret client list, then exploited his city’s and the country’s nightmare to promote his presidential campaign.

Ouch! But how true.

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    again I completely agree with all of it (none / 0) (#1)
    by athyrio on Thu Jan 24, 2008 at 10:34:13 PM EST
    having read the entire endorsement....The republicans have nothing this time around, but sadly they refuse to believe it.....

    from one of the NYT's "blogs", (none / 0) (#3)
    by scribe on Fri Jan 25, 2008 at 11:27:25 AM EST
    a letter from 28 federal judges and former prosecutors in the SDNY US Attorney's office, giving the lie to Rudy's claim to have "turned around" that office, including an incident I'd forgotten about:

    When asked during his mayoral race about a case where a 62-year-old survivor of Auschwitz was taken in handcuffs to a room in the United States attorney's office and confronted with a blackboard bearing the words that had been inscribed over the gate at Auschwitz, "Arbeit Macht Frei -- work shall set you free," Giuliani at first denied any knowledge of the incident. When confronted with the fact that his office had investigated the matter, he acknowledged that he had known about it, but said that he had not personally followed up on it. The suspect was acquitted at trial.

    And, even Safire went after him over 20 years ago, also identifying Rudy Cue Ball's aspirations even then:

    Conservative New York Times columnist William Safire criticized Giuliani's use of press leaks to threaten potential witnesses, charging that Giuliani would "do anything for publicity":
    Apparently Mr. Giuliani sees himself as the new Tom Dewey, riding a crime-busting reputation to the governorship and a Republican presidential nomination. In the exposure of fraud and bribery, "[he]" apparently figures, anything goes (New York Times, Feb. 24, 1986, Page A15).

    The sooner Rudy Cue Ball goes to "failed former candidate" status, the better for all of us.

    ah come on.... (none / 0) (#4)
    by jimakaPPJ on Fri Jan 25, 2008 at 04:43:01 PM EST
    The reason why the NYT endorses McCain is that they feel he will be easier to beat... and if he happens to beat Hillary, his record makes him more acceptable to the Left than Rudy's. All the other stuff is just blather and cover.

    BEWARE -The WEAPONS of MASS DECEPTION: (WMD's) (none / 0) (#5)
    by elme on Thu Mar 06, 2008 at 02:16:05 PM EST

    (WMD's): NBC, MSNBC - owned by GE
    CBS - owned by Westinghouse
    CNN - owned by AOL Time Warner
    Most of "the Mainstream Media"

    AKA: Dick Cheney's NEXT Big ENERGY MONOPOLY RIPOFF ... ( Plan)....

    Whether Cheney's PLAN succeeds ....OR NOT.... is UP to ALL of YOU.

    We all know CORPORATE POWER is in control of our government and ROBBING us every way they can. The "NEWS" media is NOW nearly totally under the CONTROL of Powerful CORPORATE Interests.

    The Corporate-Controlled "news" media have interlocking Boards of Directors (same member serves on multiple boards) and all of them serve to enrich their CONGLOMERATED Corporate Masters. (*see FAIR website LINK at the end of this post.)

    (YOU can HELP Get the Word Out: Please post this NEWS thruout the Blogsphere and in any NEWS media you can find.)

    REAL News you won't see on TV:

    Obama is the pre-packaged "New & Improved Chocolate Flavor" Presidential candidate being Marketed like a PRODUCT - hyped & PUSHED by GE and its WHOLLY-Owned subsidiaries NBC & MSNBC...along with Westinghouse & its subsidiary CBS...while slamming the Clintons all day every day. (Assisted by...CNN/FOX/ and a lot of newspaper & radio media dependent on advertising $$$.) GE is the 2nd largest corporation on the planet.

    Obama is IN with the Nuclear Industry: Excelon Corp of Illinois has been one of his largest contributors from his entry into politics to the present. Excelon is the largest nuke operator on the planet;owns Con-Ed of NY; more nukes in Illinois than any other state.

    GE, Westinghouse, Excelon & 3 consortiums of other companies are planning to build 29 new nuclear power plants. Their Wholly-Owned & Wholly Influenced "News" media are selling the Obama Product because Obama is in favor of Nukes.

    In 2005 Obama Voted FOR the Cheney Energy Bill (H.R.6) which ENABLED the nuke industry to make its Plans to build 29 new nukes-by Guaranteeing Taxpayer Payback of any nuke loans that default. (No nukes were built for the past 30 years because the banks wouldn't loan the money - too risky)

    Obama Voted FOR the Cheney Energy Bill-despite the fact the Congressional Budget Office rated the risk of default on the nuke loans at 50% or greater. (Does that sound like...GOOD...JUDGMENT to You?)

    [NY Times has several articles about the nuke plans & a map showing all 29 locations; Wikipedia covers the subject]

    Clinton Voed AGAINST the Cheney Energy Bill and said her Energy Plan does not include nuclear.

    ? "Its about the FUTURE ...... Turn The PAGE" ?

    Nope. Its about Turning the PAGE BACK to the PAST: Obsloete 50 yr old nuke power plants-the dirtiest most expensive kind/centrally-controlled MONOPOLY POWER-instead of deploying New, Clean, Green De-Centralized Inexpensive Energy.

    An ad campaign has already begun on the TV media to re-package & re-name nuclear power plants as: GREEN & CLEAN -for- everybody too young to remember the 1970's anti-nuke movement and all the Bad News about nuclear energy.

    Don't be taken in by the ad campaigns - Google:'nuclear waste dumps' & read about the hundreds of BILLIONS of gallons of nuke waste at the Hanford Washington dump; 14 tons of plutonium stored at Rocky Flats, Colorado; Barnwell, South Carolina; leaking into groundwater and rivers; plutonium released into the air around Denver from 500 instances of fires at Rocky Flats; nuke waste stored ON-SITE at every nuke reactor in America...presenting hundreds of potential "dirty bomb" targets for terrorists.

    Is it true that Obama takes No Contributions/ NO MONEY from Registered Federal Lobbyists?

    Yes. It's a LawyerSpeak/Trick of: Speaking a Small truth covering up a Big Lie.

    Nope, doesn't take money from REGISTERED FEDERAL Lobbyists.

    DOES take money from STATE Lobbyists, Not Registered Lobbyists, AND the wives, husbands, law partners,
    ...of REGISTERED FEDERAL Lobbyists. Gets money from the same big corporate donors as any other candidate.

    Obama's campaign finances are involved in the prosecution (by Patrick Fitzgerald) and trial of his friend of 20 years Antoin Rezko. Some of the funds... allegedly...extorted by Rezko went into Obama's campaign coffers.

    Curiously, Iraqi Power Plants amd fraud are also involved in Rezko's trial. (Google: Obama -Rezko- Alsammarae-Auichi- IRAQ POWER PLANTS). With the Rezko trial looming over his head Obama, in all good conscience, should not have run for the Presidency - given all the unanswered questions about his involvement with Rezko; including Obama's meeting with Rezko and Rezko's friend Iraqi Billionaire Auichi. Obama's LACK of good conscience in running for President - given the very high risk that the Rezko trial will result in the election of a Republican - reveals Obama's lack of good conscience and his lack of any regard for his party, his country, or its people. Obama should withdraw from the race.

    GE & the same wealthy people who sold the "new & improved vanilla flavor" Presidential PRODUCTS: Reagan & Bush/s 1 & 2 - are behind the massive ADVERTISING CAMPAIGN to sell you OBAMA.

    At the beginning of this campaign season a large majority of voters were looking forward to electing Clinton. Then Obama stepped in and started the dirty campaigning that has created the DIVISION he so hypocritically decries. Obama played "the race card" so he could win in South Carolina. He was caught red-handed playing that race card-but the media blamed it on Clinton -even though they all knew they were pushing THE BIG LIE..

    With nearly ALL "the mainstream media" pimping for Obama & slamming, smearing, and lying about the Clintons-it is truly amazing enough voters have seen thru the Media-Created Obama "movement"-for Clinton to STILL be in the race.

    The only way a very small minority can CONTROL a very large Majority is: DIVIDE & CONQUER -Exactly the same Republican Strategy/Deception they have successfully pulled for most of the last century And ALL of this century, so far. . .

    GE, the nuke industry/wealthy have hedged their bets & they will get 29 new nukes IF either Obama or McCain is elected.

    Ladies & Gentlemen, Dads & Moms buy nothing GE & Westinghouse are selling - not Obama, not a washing machine, a dishwasher, 29 nuke power plants, or a garbage disposer .... because there is no garbage disposer for Radioactive Nuke Waste. Do not allow them to poison the earth and your children anymore.

    For further Info see Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting website:

    Not Surprising At All (none / 0) (#6)
    by Legal Advice on Wed Jul 09, 2008 at 02:25:26 PM EST
    Opportunistic is a term I don't usually call someone (we all try to do the best with our opportunities).  However, I would say Rudolph Giuliani is an opportunistic of the worst variety.

    How could someone shamelessly turn the horror of 9/11 into a platform to run for president much less turn it into a lucrative business.  The New York Times knew it and New Yorkers knew it.