Thursday, September 22, 2005

Dems commit identity theft

Thanks to Michelle Malkin.

Republican Lt. Gov. Michael Steele, who is considering a U.S. Senate bid for the seat being vacated by Maryland Senator Paul Sarbanes, has just been a victim of identity theft

Dem. NY Senator Chuckie Schumer had a pair of staffers, one of which used to do research for David Brock's leftist and truth-challenged Media Matters (a site that laughably asserts that the MSM isn't liberal enough), purloined a copy of Steele's credit report by using his Social Security number, reportedly obtained from public documents. You do know that it is against federal law (for those of you in blue states, that means "it is illegal") to knowingly and willfully obtain a credit report under false pretenses, don't you?

Flashback to 2003, headline from CBS News: "GOP Staffer Eyed In Memo Leak" CBS and the rest of the MSM jumped on this story like Michael Moore on a Whopper Deluxe (the burger, not a euphemism for his movies). Why? Because the story accomplished two things: (1) made the GOP look bad; and (2) expressed outrage at the appearance of "violating privacy."

However, as of this moment (subject to change when pressured by the new media), the MSM isn't touching this story quite yet. Newsday reported on it, but the other New York publication, the Old Gray Hag New York Times, doesn't seem very interested in the activities of the staff of their senior Senator. Oh sure, the Washington comPost tries to report on it, but the headline reads "Democrats' scrutiny of Steele assailed", implying that the felony of identity theft counts as "scrutiny" and that Republicans are just being partisan in their complaints. The comPost story also neglects to mention Schumer's connection to the staffers.

Not only was privacy raped, but so was the law. The MSM's reaction? (Yawwwwwnnnn!) While Schumer may have had no knowledge and was correct to report the matter to authorities, you'd figure that the story would still get some it did when Hatch dealt with his staffer, right? liberal media bias.