- The Washington Times - Friday, June 26, 2009

THE WASHINGTON TIMES

If you didn’t tune into The Washington Times’ nationally syndicated radio show — “America’s Morning News” — on Thursday, here’s what a few of the day’s guests told host John McCaslin and guest host Jeffrey Kuhner:

• Rep. Lamar Smith, Texas Republican: A dozen House Republicans have recently formed the Media Fairness Caucus to fight liberal media bias, and Mr. Smith was appointed the group’s ombudsman, of sorts. “The media is basically giving a free pass to the president,” the congressman explained to listeners, citing one poll showing that only 9 percent of Americans feel that journalists are reporting the news fairly and accurately.

• Sen. Orrin G. Hatch, Utah Republican: “It is really a shame, because this man had a great [conservative] reputation.” That was Mr. Hatch’s assessment of embattled South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, who admitted to infidelity Wednesday. “It just goes to show that we’re all human and make mistakes and have flaws,” Mr. Hatch said.

When asked about Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor, the Utah senator charged that in her past rulings she has “actually gone out of her way … to take shots at the Second Amendment.”

Finally, about the crisis in Iran over its disputed presidential election, Mr. Hatch said: “The system is so rigged.” He labeled opposition candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi, the key protest leader, just “another revolutionary thug” that the Iranian people had no choice but to vote for “because he is an alternative candidate.”

• Michael Ledeen, Freedom Scholar at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and author of “The Iranian Time Bomb”: Reacting to word that Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei would never yield to demands from protesters in the streets, Mr. Ledeen was not surprised: “He’s not going to cave in. This is really a fight to the death right now on both sides. Both sides know they’re either going to win or die.”

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