Mark Levin vs N.Y. Times Reporter: 'My Comments Didn't Fit His Scenario'
On his blog at National Review, talk-show host and longtime conservative legal eagle Mark Levin reports that New York Times reporter William Glaberson called him for comment, but couldn't seem to abide putting conservative counterpoints in his story on attempts to limit the attorney-client communications surrounding terrorist suspects at Guantanamo: "Apparently my comments didn't fit his scenario." Levin described his conversation with the Times reporter:
I told him that prior to 2004, unlawful enemy combatants held outside the United States had no access to federal courts; that if these lawyers had access to classified information they would be ethically compelled to discuss it with their clients in order to properly and zealously represent them; that they were constantly trying to move the bar by expanding the supposed due process rights of the detainees; and many other things. Of course, none of this made it into his story. I could tell when he interviewed me that he was basically carrying water for the terrorists' lawyers when he took exception to my calling them "defense counsel." I said, "If they're not defense counsel, then what are they?" He had to concede the point, which seemed rather obvious to me.
The Times scenario was to cite legal filings from "the government" and pose them against (unlabeled) liberal defense lawyers. Glaberson quoted Jonathan Hafetz of the Brennan Center at New York University (named after politicking liberal Supreme Court justice William Brennan) and Neil Koslowe of Shearman and Sterling, who said the government was making a "McCarthy-era charge."