Suddenly Savage: Moussaoui Mess-up Turns 'Today' Crew into Death Penalty Fans

I thought the MSM is ardently opposed to the death penalty. Aren't these the same folks who wrung their collective hands at the prospect of poor Tookie Williams getting the needle? Sure, he murdered four people in cold blood and joked about it, but hey! - he wrote a children's book.

So you might have thought that the Today show would be celebrating the federal lawyer whose goof might very well lead to Zacarias Moussaoui dodging death and instead becoming a lifelong resident of a federal facility.

But, no! The Today show was distraught at the prospect that "the 20th hijacker" might have slipped the noose [or the needle]. They went so far as to play a clip from a family member of one of the 9/11 victims saying that "I felt like my husband had been killed again." Shades of that NAACP anti-Bush ad from 2000. See item #2 here of this MRC report.

So what has changed since Tookie took his last breath that has turned Today so suddenly savage?

You don't suppose Today ginned up some faux outrage over Moussaoui's death-defying act because it gave Katie & Co. a chance to bash the incompetence of a lawyer who is, however tenuously, a member of the Bush administration?

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