Three years ago, it already was obvious that no laws were actually broken by ham-handed members of Alberto Gonzales’ Justice Department, with regard to the firing of eight U.S. Attorneys. Now, those lawyers have been officially cleared. They deserve bigger stories from the establishment media.
Yesterday at another site, I noted — by linking to about nine stories or blog entries of mine from 2007 — that the establishment media went ape in hyping the ludicrous charges that the Bushies broke laws in firing the U.S. Attorneys. All along, I blasted the incompetence of the top Gonzales team, in harsh terms, while explaining why incompetence was not the same thing as illegality. And I noted this yesterday: “If it was news that allegations of illegality were made, then it darn well should be news that these innocent (but sometimes stupid) people have been cleared of any crimes.”
Of course, that’s not what happened. Let’s review how crazy the Washington Post, for instance, went on the story three years ago. Here’s one example: This story took four Post staff writers. It is one of DOZENS of stories, many of them on the front page, that the Post ran in 2007 and 2008. But now that these Bushies have been cleared, the best the Washington Post can do is to run an Associated Press story — not even using a single one of its own reporters — that covers just nine paragraphs. It appears not on page one, but on page A5.
As Reagan-era Transportation Secretary Raymond Donovan said after he was cleared of criminal charges only after being smeared in the headlines for months, some of the Bush-era attorneys can also say: “Where do I go to get my reputation back?” Certainly not to the Washington Post, which can’t even bother to assign a single one of its own reporters to the story now. Granted, the Washington Times ran the same AP story also on its page A5 — but our staff is far smaller, and the Times never went ape in convicting the attorneys before the fact back in 2007.
Actually, my point here is not to particularly blast the WashPost, but to use the Post as merely a convenient example to show how the whole establishment media is quick to hype “scandals” involving conservatives, but decidely unenthusiastic in reporting that those conservatives have been cleared.