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TPM points to this little tidbit about our friend Scooter... apparently, the Hudson Institute has retained Libby as a "senior advisor" and the press release blabs on about how his expertise will be sooo valuable to the Hudson's mission.

Quote:"Scooter Libby brings decades of experience to Hudson Institute that will strengthen our robust research efforts. We look forward to drawing on his expertise," said Hudson Institute Chairman Walter P. Stern.

What he should have said:"Scooter Libby brings decades of experience to Hudson Institute that will strengthen our robust propaganda efforts. We look forward to subsidizing his legal defense."

So I called the Hudson to confirm and inquire why...

The conversation is below the fold...

I explained to them that I was a going to write a blurb in a blog. The front desk transferred me to person "a", who transferred me to the communications person, who, upon hearing that I was writing this up on DailyKos, connected me with Kenneth R. Weinstein, the CEO of the Institute.

I asked him if it was true and if he was concerned with the damage that it would do to the Institute's <cough> reputation. I then quickly asked if there were any other persons that have been indicted or convicted currently on the payroll at Hudson and if they intended to hire Jack Abramoff. This is when he hung up on me... I mean, we got disconnected.

I called back and explained to the front desk that I was speaking with the CEO and we were "inadvertently" disconnected. Person "a", same thing, then on hold, and back to Ken.

Me: "I'm sorry Ken, I think we were disconnected, I was asking about Libby."
Ken: "Okay, one question at a time though"
Me: "Is it true that Libby is on the payroll and are you not concerned about the "reputation" of the Institute (I quote the mission statement)?"
Ken: "Libby is presumed innocent, and the Institute has many different view points, including William Odom"
Me: "Do you currently employ, or make it a practice to, any other persons under criminal indictment or that have been convicted of a crime? And would Hudson fire Libby if he is convicted but gets probation or is pardoned?"
Ken: "That is a hypothetical I won't answer"
Me: "Well the president did, he said he would fire anyone involved in the affair. Why won't you?"
Ken: "unintelligible"
Me: "Will you state yes or no, whether or not Hudson will hire Abramoff too?"
Ken: "He doesn't have any expertise in areas that we cover"
Me: "Is that a no?"
Ken: "That's utterly ridiculous"
Me: "Is that a no?"
Ken: "Yes, that is a no."
Me: "Okay, thanks, have a nice day."

They tried to get me to give them my last name, I said fat chance, I don't wanna be on a no-fly list, thanks though...

Fun, fun, fun...

Call them, be nice, but be annoying.

 Let them know that we citizens are watching and the days of lack of accountability are over...

Originally posted to lobezno on Fri Jan 06, 2006 at 11:33 AM PST.

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Comment Preferences

  •  Very entertaining (none)
    but you forgot to ask if the Hudson Institute keeps a collection of Judith Miller's soiled panties. Seems a reasonable line of inquiry.
  •  wow (4.00)
    Just saying you'e writing something on Kos gets you an interview with the CEO of the Hudson Institute?  That's awesome!

    We really have more power as a community than we realize.

    D-Day, the newest blog on the internet (at the moment of its launch)

    by dday on Fri Jan 06, 2006 at 11:33:04 AM PST

    •  Fear is a strong motivator... (4.00)
      The underlings don't want to get in trouble by being quoted saying something stupid, which is usually inevitable, so buck the call up the chain of command...

      Kos pointed out that if this was a newspaper, it would have the fifth largest circulation in the country...

      "I don't care whether he is a goat fucker, just that he denies it..." -Lyndon B. Johnson

      by lobezno on Fri Jan 06, 2006 at 12:02:48 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  Kos has more readers (4.00)
      in a couple of hours than The New Republic has all week.

      That explains why the Hudson CEO talked to an anonymous Kos diarist. And, thanks to a tape recorder, he got a fairer shake than many sources get from corporate media reporters.

      Good for the Hudson CEO, but I can't imagine that an anonymous diarist would get through the screeners to someone like Frist or DeLay.

      Yet.

      The Republicans want to cut YOUR Social Security benefits.

      by devtob on Fri Jan 06, 2006 at 12:37:55 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Tips? (4.00)
    It was fun...

    I like to be nice to them while asking hard, and sometimes sarcastic, questions with a straight face...

    I called Sen. Stevens' office a few weeks ago, and asked if he was a man of honor and if he was going to keep his promise to the American people and resign from the Senate as he stated live on CSPAN...

    "I don't care whether he is a goat fucker, just that he denies it..." -Lyndon B. Johnson

    by lobezno on Fri Jan 06, 2006 at 11:38:23 AM PST

  •  What a concise line of questioning. (none)
    Can we sneak you into the WH press corps?

    -6.88/-5.64 * 2005 AD, final score, Internet 1, Corporate America 0 * Merry New Year!

    by John West on Fri Jan 06, 2006 at 11:38:50 AM PST

    •  No, b/c I am not willing to shave my head... Heh. (none)

      "I don't care whether he is a goat fucker, just that he denies it..." -Lyndon B. Johnson

      by lobezno on Fri Jan 06, 2006 at 11:45:57 AM PST

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      •  Misrepresentation? (none)
        I don't mind you calling to be given exact information, but it is part of the rulebook for interviewers to identify themselves properly. Sure, there is undercover journalism, but there was nothing in this that made it necessary for you to go Fletch on The Hudson I.

        You wrote that you are "writing this up for Daily Kos" - which means that you took the identity and legitimacy of this site to work as a door opener for you, but you wouldn't give your name.

        And it's clear you were mindful of some "risk", since you had the parting gift of "don't want to end up on a no-fly list"; and since you used *67.

        This is somewhat lame on several counts.

        It reflects badly upon the site - to my knowledge, Markos isn't issuing press passes.

        It reflects badly upon you - this had more the nature of a prank call, and we didn't really learn anything new, did we? So, they'll hire Libby, but they won't hire Abramoff.

        And I think I should point out that *67 made it a little bit harder for HI to see who you were, but a simple call to the phone company will clear that up in no time at all. If you think that they can get you on a no-fly list, then they can get your phone number, trust me.

        "I don't do quagmires, and my boss doesn't do nuance."

        by SteinL on Sat Jan 07, 2006 at 01:37:32 AM PST

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        •  I don't need your permission... (none)
          I don't mind you calling to be given exact information

          "I don't care whether he is a goat fucker, just that he denies it..." -Lyndon B. Johnson

          by lobezno on Sat Jan 07, 2006 at 08:16:03 AM PST

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        •  I didn't misrepresent shit, WTFIYP... (none)
          --You wrote that you are "writing this up for Daily Kos" - which means that you took the identity and legitimacy of this site to work as a door opener for you, but you wouldn't give your name.

          I told them I was an infrequent diarist on kos and I wrote pseudonymously, just like Atrios did for years and susan and the gang at EPluribus do now... Ken could have refused to comment if he didn't want to... I, nor, from what I can ascertain, Kos give a shit about what the traditional media or Ken Weinstein think... And yes, part of my purpose was to annoy him and let him know that people give a damn. Call me a gadfly, I think you're an idiot...

          I know that it's possible to get my phone number from *67, but it makes it harder and creates a paper trail... rather than simply getting a name on the no fly list --dropping a dime on someone anonymously will do it every time-- is a lot easier than getting the phone company to give them a phone number which requires a complaint (which, if false, is a crime) of wrong-doing, which I didn't do... I would be vindicated in any inquiry, all they could succeed in doing is blocking calls from my number or all private calls...

          BTW, what's your full name? Home address? Thought so... Asshole.

          "I don't care whether he is a goat fucker, just that he denies it..." -Lyndon B. Johnson

          by lobezno on Sat Jan 07, 2006 at 08:38:24 AM PST

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        •  Is that you Ken? n/t (none)

          "I don't care whether he is a goat fucker, just that he denies it..." -Lyndon B. Johnson

          by lobezno on Sat Jan 07, 2006 at 09:35:02 AM PST

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  •  Concerning the no-fly list... (none)
    Did you call from your home phone? Or any number traceable back to you?

    Am I paranoid or what?

    I've chosen quality-of-life over financial gain so often I'm now completely broke.

    by coldCanadian on Fri Jan 06, 2006 at 11:41:55 AM PST

  •  Great job! (none)
    Some questions I was wondering about myself.

    And yes, I do think Libby will be telecommuting from the Federal Pen.

    What I'm most interested about is whether Libby will actually be writing for Hoover. As I understand it, he doesn't like to put his name on things. Prefers to leak through trusty outlets. So is Libby really going to place his name on his own work? Is he going to interact with the press in an open, on-the-record fashion? Or is his job still going to be destroying crazy liberals using campaigns of deceit?

    This is the way democracy ends Not with a bomb But with a gavel -Max Baucus

    by emptywheel on Fri Jan 06, 2006 at 11:46:44 AM PST

    •  I doubt he'll do anything at all... (4.00)
      This appears to be a means to help with his legal bills. The Hudson doesn't  have to disclose a donor list, just like Norquist's group, which avoids the paper trail of actual donations to a formal "Libby defense" fund"...

      "I don't care whether he is a goat fucker, just that he denies it..." -Lyndon B. Johnson

      by lobezno on Fri Jan 06, 2006 at 11:52:48 AM PST

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      •  his legal bills are ALREADY covered (none)
        with $5 million raised overnight from anonymous sources. This gig is something else: it's to give Libby a salary on top of that, so that he doesn't have to dig into his savings for merely being out of work.

        I doubt Libby will be expected to do or write anything. After all, he's busy preparing his legal defense for his upcoming trial, and it is indeed a significant distraction. When it comes to such matters, I'm sure his new employer is very understanding.

        "[I]n all due respect to your profession [journalism], you do a very good job of protecting the leakers." -- George W. Bush on Oct 7, 2003

        by QuickSilver on Fri Jan 06, 2006 at 11:20:08 PM PST

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  •  good damn work...and I want to add (4.00)
    with all the constant little suggestions and rules and what have you constantly popping up on this site about how to improve Kos...SOMEONE might actually suggest that YOU or some someones take on monitoring and posting on these groups as a formal project of Dkos..after all they are ones 90% of the politicans listen to and go to....spotlight them.
  •  My hat's off to you . . . (4.00)
    Terrifically gutsy phone call. Pro journalists (i.e. salaried) should be doing the same thing.

    Don't ask me nothin' 'bout nothin'; I just might tell you the truth -- Bob Dylan

    by ponderer on Fri Jan 06, 2006 at 01:03:00 PM PST

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