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More Reporting, Less Genuflecting


I think we are all familiar by now with the need that some journalists might have for the occasional genuflect toward the Shrine of Karl.  But this morning’s NYTimes piece — by Nagourney and Bumiller (big shocker, I know) — is truly an exercise in obeisance:

By most accounts inside and outside the administration, Mr. Rove is relentlessly cheerful, presenting himself as an optimistic face in a gloomy White House. One person who met Mr. Rove said he attributed Mr. Bush’s problems more to external events, in particular Hurricane Katrina and Iraq, than to anything the White House did wrong.  (emphasis mine)

Someone explain to me how an anonymous statement wherein a friend of Karl Rove essentially says "Don’t blame us for anything that doesn’t get done properly by government.  Shit happens." goes entirely unchallenged by these reporters?

Last I checked, we started the war in Iraq — as a preemptive action.  And  last I checked, the Republican-controlled Congress issued a scathing report saying that the problems with the Katrina response were a failure of leadership — from President Bush on down.

Here’s a thought:  Accountability.  Try it on for size.

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Christy Hardin Smith

Christy Hardin Smith

Christy is a "recovering" attorney, who earned her undergraduate degree at Smith College, in American Studies and Government, concentrating in American Foreign Policy. She then went on to graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania in the field of political science and international relations/security studies, before attending law school at the College of Law at West Virginia University, where she was Associate Editor of the Law Review. Christy was a partner in her own firm for several years, where she practiced in a number of areas including criminal defense, child abuse and neglect representation, domestic law, civil litigation, and she was an attorney for a small municipality, before switching hats to become a state prosecutor. Christy has extensive trial experience, and has worked for years both in and out of the court system to improve the lives of at risk children.

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