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Posts Tagged ‘Michael Hayden’

The Guy Who Tweeted Former CIA Director’s Conversations ‘Won’t Be Doing Any Fox News’

MatzzieMSNBCTom Matzzie, the former DC director of Moveon.org, has already talked with CNN and MSNBC today, but he won’t doing Fox News.

Not that they asked.

Matzzie, whose tweets became news yesterday, tweeted this afternoon, “I won’t be doing any Fox News.”

To get you caught up, Matzzie was on a DC-to-NY Acela yesterday when he encountered “the loud guy on the train” sitting two rows behind him. That guy turned out to be former NSA and CIA director Michael Hayden who was giving off-the-record phone interviews, details of which Matzzie began to tweet.

After Hayden’s associates started seeing Matzzie’s tweets, they called the 4-star Air Force General (ret.) who then approached Matzzie. “At that point I clenched myself,” Matzzie told MSNBC’s Peter Alexander. But it all ended well enough. Matzzie even got this photo with his new train buddy.

In her interview this morning (after the jump) CNN’s Ashleigh Banfield challenged Matzzie that as a former Moveon.org director “you have a bigger role in public interest than perhaps you let on…”

As for Fox, Tom Fitzgerald, a reporter at Fox5 in Washington, DC is appealing Matzzie’s no Fox rule. Matzzie is putting it to his Twitter followers to vote on whether he should do the interview.

 

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Bloomberg Bringing Oxford Debates Back in Style

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Tonight at 9 PM, Bloomberg TV will debut the new season of “Intelligence Squared.” The program is similar to other cable news shows in that it has pundits and politicos talking about issues of the day. The rub is that it has them debating in the Oxford-style. The topic for the premiere is terrorists, should they be treated ad enemy combatants or criminals? The panelists will include former CIA chief Michael Hayden and former George W. Bush speechwriter Marc Thiessen debating law professor David Frakt and former defense counsel for Timothy McVeigh Stephen Jones. A video preview is after the jump.

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