Thursday, September 21, 2006

NPR's Liasson uncritically aired ad from CT Republican that makes false claim about opponent's stance on warrantless wiretapping

Mara Liasson uncritically aired an ad from Rep. Nancy Johnson (R-CT) that falsely claimed Johnson's opponent, Democratic state Sen. Chris Murphy, would require the government to "apply for a court warrant" before intercepting a call to a "known terrorist," "even if valuable time is lost." In fact, Murphy said he supports the current law on domestic wiretapping for foreign intelligence purposes, which allows the government to conduct surveillance for up to 72 hours before obtaining a warrant. Read more

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