|Absence of Malice is an American film starring Paul Newman, Sally Field and Bob Balaban, directed by Sidney Pollack|
Initially I was going to give Dale credit for having the courage to have Andrew Krieg on his show, until I heard his diatribe, I mean promo of the segment, which begin with the typical right wing talking points- convicted felon, bribery, found guilty by a jury of his peers, Siegelman sold his house for double the worth, blah, blah, blab, blab, ending by calling one of Kreig's sources, Blogger Legal Schnauzer, a Sociopath (Dale's word) because he lost his job, cost his wife her job, lost his home, and posted a blog that said the Judge in the Siegelman case was behind 9/11 (Dale's words), and it went down hill from there. Oh well, at least I know what advertiser's and sponsors to stay away from, but I digress.
After promising to give Andrew Kreig two minutes to make his case, Dale proceeds to in engage in interruptions and over talk, running out the clock until it was time for one of his many lengthy commercial breaks.
Dale likes to say democrats and liberals are afraid to appear on his show, but it's not fear that keeps self respecting democrats away, it's the knowledge they are going to be treated with contempt and malice.
Andrew Kreig must have assumed he would have an honest and open discussion/debate regarding the facts around the Siegelman prosecution, but he was wrong. Psst Mr. Kreig! See what we're up against here in Sweet Home Alabama? Do you see why attorneys and democrats are scared?. Should we all be afraid?
When Krieg tried to tell Dale it wasn't about Don Siegelman the person, and our system of justice should investigate crimes not people, Dale cut him off.
When Krieg said the reason Nick Baily testified against Don Siegelman because he was afraid of being raped in prison, Dale mocked him.
When Krieg said republican Stan Pate paid for Nick Bailey's defense because he felt sorry for him, Dale whined Stan Pate hates Bob Riley.
When Krieg attempted to bring up the statements of Dana Jill Simpson, Dale cut him off crying she had no creditability or proof about anything..
When Kreig pointed out Simpson testified before congress under oath and produced phone records as evidence of the phone calls, Dale said that wasn't evidence.
When Kreig tried to talk about a possible conflict of interest in the case, ties to convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff , and campaign contributions, Dale said people contribute to causes they believe in all the time. Oh ,really? So it's not a bribe IYANAR (If You Are Not A Republican).
This is what I learned from listening to the show this morning, is it's OK for Dale, Judge Fuller and others to hate on Don Siegelman, and go after him for partisan, political gain, but it's not OK for Stan Pate to hate on Bob Riley, or for Attorney General Troy King to go after him (Dale).
Krieg ended the segment by saying the only way we are are going to find out what really happened in the Siegelman case, is to put all the parties involved under oath. Using the movee Absence of Malice as an example, para quoting actor Wilford Brimley, cast as Assistant United States Attorney James A. Wells, who threatens to make everybody honest by putting them under oath.
Sounds like a plan to me.
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