Sunday, February 04, 2007

Does the White House write "some" WaPo editorials?

I've become accustomed to having the WaPo's editorial staff deliver partisan hit pieces on behalf of the GOP but this has got to be the shoddiest con job they have ever tried to foist off. Taking it straight off the daily RNC talking points, they begin:
DISTURBING, though not particularly surprising, rumblings are emanating from the House of Representatives to the effect that some Democrats are balking at requiring lobbyists to disclose the campaign contributions they arrange or collect for lawmakers.
Some Democrats? How hard is it to identify which Democrats that would be? Certainly, it's not the two Democrats who introduced the legislation. A reference to any Democrat making an on the record comment against the reform would be nice. And by inference, are we to assume that it's only some Democrats who are balking at the bill? That no Republicans are also reluctant to give up their secret gravy trains?

The editorial makes a single oblique reference to the GOP's failure to deliver on their previously promised reforms.
A similar provision was overwhelmingly approved by the House Judiciary Committee last year but unceremoniously disappeared from the final version of the legislation, which never became law in any event.
That's it. The WaPo is apparently neither disturbed nor unsurprised by the GOP's failure to deliver on their reforms, which were promised hot on the heels of the indictment of several of their members for fraud in the lobbyist scandals that brought their malfeasance into the public eye and played a significant role in the trouncing they took at the midterms. The editorial doesn't even mention the Republicans by name - not once.

Don't get me wrong. I think lobby reform is way overdue and needs to be addressed, but is it too much to ask that the WaPo editors remember they're presumably a news organization and not Tony Snow's personal steno pool?
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Anonymous Anonymous said...

...not Tony Snow's personal steno pool?

Ah...such a way with words. LOL!

4:36:00 PM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

Kvatch. So good to see you. I've been so bogged down, I haven't been getting around myself. I was just thinking about you this weekend.

8:39:00 PM  
Blogger No Blood for Hubris said...

Some say that the "some say" moment was invented by . . . Karl Rove, he who, some say, is a closet cupcake? No offense to cupcakes. Nor closets.

12:28:00 AM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

LOL Hubris. I needed that laugh at this ungodly hour of the morning.

6:18:00 AM  

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