So it turns out Katie Couric and Charlie Gibson are just deat wrong when they said no member of congress offered to take Guantánamo Detainees.
Yup. Dead wrong.
During the May 20 broadcasts of the CBS Evening News and ABC’s World News, anchors Katie Couric and Charlie Gibson, respectively, falsely claimed that “no member” of Congress wanted detainees being held at the detention center at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, transferred to prisons in their districts. In fact, as Media Matters for America has noted, at least two congressional representatives have offered to hold detainees from Guantánamo Bay at prisons in their districts.
During the broadcast of the CBS Evening News, Couric stated, “The Senate today followed the House in blocking the president from closing the prison camp at Guantánamo Bay because no member wants any of the detainees there sent to his or her home state or district.” Similarly, on World News, Gibson said of the detainees: “No member of Congress wants these guys transferred to prisons in their districts.” Chief Washington correspondent George Stephanopoulos responded, “That’s right.”
In a May 9 op-ed in The Washington Post, Rep. Jim Moran (D-VA) offered use of the Albert V. Bryan U.S. Courthouse and Detention Center in Alexandria, Virginia. In the op-ed, Moran noted that “the ’20th hijacker,’ Zacarias Moussaoui, who participated in planning the Sept. 11, 2001, attack on the Pentagon, was held and prosecuted in the Alexandria courthouse” and stated that “should President Obama determine that Alexandria needs to play a reasonably limited role in a nationwide effort to bring justice to the Guantanamo detainees and close this unfortunate chapter of American history, I am confident that Alexandrians will stand strong as they always have.”
Rep. Jack Murtha (D-PA) has also said that he is willing to house detainees from Guantánamo Bay at a prison in his district.
Maybe none of their people read the news?
Oh, wait. There’s more. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) said California is ready to step up.
Turns out Katie and Charlie are just dead wrong.