If You Take Her Out of Context, Then Yes, Napolitano Said Something Dumb

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Monday, December 28, 2009 at 12:02 pm

How hard is it to watch a clip of an interview? Yesterday on ABC’s “This Week,” Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano made the following observation about the aftermath of Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab’s attempted detonation of Northwest Airlines Flight 253:

Once this incident occurred, everything went according to clockwork, not only sharing throughout the air industry, but also sharing with state and local law enforcement. Products were going out on Christmas Day, they went out yesterday, and also to the [airline] industry to make sure that the traveling public remains safe. I would leave you with that message. The traveling public is safe. We have instituted some additional screening and security measures, in light of this incident, but, again, everyone reacted as they should. The system, once the incident occurred, the system worked.

An uncontroversial point, no? Somehow this has rocketed around journalistic circles as Napolitano defending the system that allowed Abdulmutallab to board the plane. Marc Ambinder wrote it up that way. So did Mike Allen. Andrew Sullivan followed on Ambinder. Bill Kristol not only echoed them, he’s also saying Napolitano has now “conceded” the system didn’t work. All for saying exactly what she said on “This Week.”

It takes about thirty seconds of effort to watch the relevant clip from “This Week” and process what Napolitano said in context. Jake Tapper’s headline even makes it easier than that!

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Comment posted December 28, 2009 @ 12:36 pm

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Avo
Comment posted December 29, 2009 @ 11:52 am

You miss the point. “The traveling public is safe.” This is a nonsensical thing to say right after the system FAILS. And responding with ever more onerous and useless security theater (“We have instituted some additional screening and security measures”) is ludicrous and indicative of gross incompetence. Heckuva job, Janet!


JR
Comment posted December 29, 2009 @ 12:13 pm

Wow. Really? A leftist reporter (sure, call yourself “independent”, if you like…) is complaining that people took something out of context? That's a shame – just an absolute shame. Of course, nothing of the sort EVER happens to Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh, George W. Bush, or Michael Steele, right? I'm not saying people SHOULD take anything out of context – Napolitano would easily sound moronic, even with full context. In fact, the longer any member of this administration speaks, the less sense they make, so go ahead – bring on the full context. Just try to use it for EVERYBODY, and then you'll actually have some damned credibility when you complain about not getting it for members of the left.


trinidad1107
Comment posted December 29, 2009 @ 2:54 pm

“…The traveling public is safe,…. Products were going out on Christmas Day,…. the system worked…”. Context??? She should never have said these things! Goodness, does everyone in this administration need a teleprompter?


creeker11
Comment posted December 29, 2009 @ 3:25 pm

But that isnt what she said on CNN now is it? When she went on about how the system worked because the passengers and crew acted appropiately. How out of context is your argument?

NAPOLITANO: Right now, that is part of the criminal justice investigation that is ongoing, and I think it would be inappropriate to speculate as to whether or not he has such ties.

What we are focused on is making sure that the air environment remains safe, that people are confident when they travel. And one thing I’d like to point out is that the system worked. Everybody played an important role here. The passengers and crew of the flight took appropriate action. Within literally an hour to 90 minutes of the incident occurring, all 128 flights in the air had been notified to take some special measures in light of what had occurred on the Northwest Airlines flight. We instituted new measures on the ground and at screening areas, both here in the United States and in Europe, where this flight originated.


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Comment posted December 31, 2009 @ 10:52 am

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Comment posted December 31, 2009 @ 3:52 pm

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