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Amid Latest NY Terrorist Attack, It’s Still Politics as Usual

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Posted on May 5 2010 10:16 pm
The hasty half of the Estrada-Estrada writing team, sits on a park bench at NewsReal, anxiously awaiting the arrival of the working hubby to execute their plot for the destruction of progressive-leftist ideology.
Them.

Katie lied, and Bloomberg tried.

Doubly so.

Sunday evening, May 2nd, amid the massive hunt for the Times Square Car Bomber, CBS‘s Katie Couric and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg exchanged pleasantries:

Couric:  Law enforcement officials don’t know who left the Nissan Pathfinder behind, but at this point, the mayor believes the suspect acted alone.

Bloomberg: If I had to guess 25 cents, this would be exactly that, somebody—

Katie :  A home-grown.

Bloomberg:  Home-grown, maybe a mentally deranged person or somebody with a political agenda that doesn`t like the health-care bill or something. It could be anything [but not Islamic extremists?].

At this point in the investigation, the Mayor, no doubt, wanted to take the lead of his predecessor Rudy Giuliani and keep this terrorist attack — designed to murder Americans in the heart of downtown New York City – apolitical.

Or did he?

By Sunday morning, law enforcement officials were already viewing surveillance footage pulled overnight.

After acquiring the VIN number from the engine block (get that, future terrorists?) at 7:30a, they immediately tracked down the Pathfinder owner and first interviewed her that Sunday morning, where she gave an accurate physical description of the terrorist.

A Connecticut newspaper reported:

Sources familiar with the investigation said the gray SUV was owned by Peggy Colas, a 19-year-old from Bridgeport.

Investigators first spoke to her on Sunday when she told them she sold the car for $1,300 cash to a man she described as being of either Hispanic or Middle Eastern descent.

CBS would report, via AP, that the registration holder of the car, Colas’s father, was questioned Sunday night, but failed to mention the Sunday morning interview.  

CBS would only mention the Sunday morning interview Tuesday night via a subsequent AP circulation that had taken hold in other prominent news organizations, long after the Times Square terrorist had been captured and the cat let out of the bag.

The key piece of information law enforcement would have culled from their first interview with Peggy Colas that Sunday morning would have been, no doubt, a physical description of their primary suspect. 

And that interview occurred before Bloomberg’s infamous interview with Katy Couric on Sunday evening.

So the questions are, Mayor Bloomberg and CBS:

Are you that inept?

Are you that disconnected from your law enforcement — during a national crisis — to not have the physical description, to not know who they were looking for, to not be able to share this vital piece of information with the public?

The public cannot be vigilant when vital information is withheld.

And they weren’t looking for a white male, angry about Obamacare.

If you didn’t have the facts, why offer this random opinion to the world?

As Mayor of New York, you were there to tell the public their government has a clue as to what the hell’s going on, not make wild assertions and spread inflammatory innuendo based  on what you know are partisan politics.

As President Obama recently reminded us, you’re entitled to your own opinion, not your own facts.

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