David Asman at Fox News will try to answer that perplexing question — with the help of moi, among others — in a special report called "Sox, Scissors, Paper: The Sandy Berger Caper." Naturally, since I will be appearing, the program will air Saturday night at 9pm — i.e., up against college basketball's annual crown jewel, the Final Four games. But I believe the program will also be rebroadcast sometime Sunday afternoon.Mona Charen then chimed in with the news that Mr. Berger may have been diagnosed with a brain tumor. Said McCarthy:
Further, given the egregiousness of Berger's conduct and Justice's inexplicable decision to give him a mere slap on the wrist, it would have been greatly in both their interests to disclose a condition like a brain tumor if that had had anything whatsoever to do with the case and how it was resolved.Danger Will Robinson. Based on the excoriation Katie Couric just received for her Edwards interview the nutroot attack machine might well explode on this one. In the annals of 'kicking a man when he's down' this one would be pretty high on the list.
Fox News needs to do some quick checking. Did a medical condition play a part in the sentencing or not? If not, is it possibly being suggested now to set up a post-show attack? The opinions from The Corner commentators are not very sympathetic thus far. Personally I think they should can (or at least postpone) the show if they can't get confirmation. It's not too late to fill the slot with a quick expose on Diane Feinstein's recent mysterious resignation from the MILCON subcommittee.
Andy McCarthy found the answer to the brain tumor rumor. It doesn't sound like something that would have been part of a settlement.
The show was rather enlightening (I could have done without David Asman's grin). Fox is doing the job 60 Minutes should have done long ago, who could have approached it from an angle of why the Bush administration was so lenient, perhaps suggestive of a quid pro quo. Who knows, maybe they were afraid of finding out that Berger was actually after something besides the Millennium After Action Report.
When asked for comment Berger's attorney Lanny Breuer issued a statement that said he has "moved on" with his life, which includes a consulting company called Stonebridge International. Bizarrely, 9/11 Commission co-chair Lee Hamilton is on the advisory board of Stonebridge, something Fox didn't mention.