Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Nice try

From The Smoking Gun:

NOVEMBER 13--Judith Regan, the volcanic publishing industry figure who sought to publish O.J. Simpson's "I Did It" (and trysted with Bernard Kerik in an apartment overlooking Ground Zero) today sued Rupert Murdoch's media conglomerate for defamation, claiming that she was unjustly tarred as an anti-Semite when fired last year. In a blistering $100 million lawsuit filed today in New York State Supreme Court, Regan, 54, accuses several defendants, including Murdoch's News Corporation and HarperCollins Publishers, of orchestrating a smear campaign that was intended to advance the Murdoch political agenda and protect "Rudy Giuliani's presidential ambitions." According to Regan, Murdoch employees were aware of her personal relationship with Kerik and, fearing she had damaging information on Giuliani's former police commissioner and business partner, "knew they would be protecting Giuliani if they could preemptively discredit her." The Murdoch firms did this, Regan charges, by claiming she made anti-Semitic statements during a phone conversation with a HarperCollins lawyer. However, the ousted editor alleges, the offensive statements were never made-an assertion she says is backed up by a temporary secretary who listened in on the call in question. An excerpt from Regan's sprawling 72-page complaint (which even quotes from the tawdry sex suit once filed against Fox News Channel star Bill O'Reilly) can be found below. The entire lawsuit, in a PDF form, can be downloaded here.

As much as I would like something that could damage Julie Annie I have doubts that this is it. I mean this is what it would have to boil down to. Regan and Kerik are lovers, a fact which Murdoch knows. Murdoch knows that Kerik is corrupt. Murdoch believes that Regan must also know that Kerik is corrupt, but only more so. I guess he would have to consider detailing one's ongoing criminal enterprises to be normal pillow talk. Murdoch must think that Regan is the sort to turn on her lover and destroy him in the hope that Giuliani will be harmed by the fallout. So to protect Giuliani Murdoch frames Regan for antisemitic remarks.

The problem is that to the political left, and the mainstream media is a part of the political left, being an antisemite only disqualifies you if you are a conservative Christian.

Think about it. Hillary Clinton shares a stage with Yasser Arafat's wife while Mrs. Arafat makes outrageous antisemitic statements and Mrs. Clinton's only reaction is to give Mrs. Arafat a big hug. This does not even raise so much as an eyebrow on the part of the media. On the other hand Mel Gibson, an actor and director with absolutely no political power, makes antisemitic statements while drunk and it is front page news for weeks.

As I look around the blogosphere I see that Regan's statements are already being accepted as gospel by the moonbats. If Murdoch had really been out to set Regan up and discredit her he would have needed to frame her for saying the "N-Word". In today's politically correct climate that damns a person to political oblivion more surely than anything else (unless you happen to be a dead-old senile Democrat Senator who used to be a high official in the Ku Klux Klan).