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Posted on 04/06/2005 2:39:31 PM PDT by swilhelm73
Seems to me that this morning's front-page attack on Tom DeLay by the Washington Post isn't a story about Tom DeLay at all. The story makes clear that DeLay did nothing wrong. In 1997, he took a trip to Russia paid for (as far as he had any reason to be aware) by the National Center for Public Policy Research in Washington D.C. The Center's president, Amy Ridenour, even came along for the trip.
The Post describes DeLay's activities on the trip thus: "During his six days in Moscow, he played golf, met with Russian church leaders and talked to Prime Minister Viktor Chernomyrdin ...." As if DeLay flew to Moscow in order to hit the links. In fact, the United States had some heavy decisions to make about aid to Russia in 1997 and 1998, and it's not surprising that the then number-three man in the House of Representatives would want to see the situation for himself.
It now turns out that the Center defrayed the cost with some doubtful donations from lobbyists, including Jack Abramoff, now the central figure in a major federal investigation of corruption and influence-peddling. Abramoff was representing Russian oil and gas interests with a special interest in influencing US policy toward Russia. Abramoff also joined DeLay and Ridenour on the mission.
These dots can certainly be connected in a way that presents an ugly picture of Jack Abramoff's activities. It could easily be suggested that he was trying to circumvent bans on lobbyist-paid travel in order to gain access to a powerful member of the House of Representatives, just the latest in a long list of unsettling allegations about the longtime conservative activist turned multimillionaire lobbyist. But the Post is not satisfied with bagging Abramoff. They want DeLay too, or rather, they want DeLay more. Instead of seeing DeLay as Abramoff's target, they want to insinuate that Abramoff was DeLay's tool. And that case has not even begun to be made.
Meanwhile, by amazing coincidence, the Times this morning also offers a big attack feature on DeLay. The Times story makes the point that DeLay's campaign and political action committees - ie, his contributor-funded organizations, not his taxpayer-funded office - employed his wife and daughter at various times, paying them some $4,000 a month each. This practice is not illegal nor is it, alas, even all that uncommon, as the Times itself acknowledges in its story.
But while we're on the topic of doubtful practices, can we notice this, please? The Times story is sourced to - and is packed full of quotations from - a series of groups whistled up by George Soros for almost the exclusive purpose of attacking DeLay. (You can read some of the details here.) Maybe the Times should be alerting its readers to the true identity of those sources of these shocked-and-appalled quotations? Or even balancing this bought-and-paid-for expertise with comments from some genuinely disinterested and impartial observers?
GEE WHIZ . . . . you're going to get the Mainstream Media all confused with truth and facts . . . .
Speaking of . . .
What's the latest on Hillary's fundraising scandal . . . or Pelosi's "Lobbygate" scandal . . . or Berger's "Securitygate" scandal . . .
Oh wait, that's current news. Let's go back 4-8 years and recycle non-news and pretend it's REALLY BAAAAAAAAAADDDDDD?
MSM=lying, scheming, liberal, disgraces
Retribution for trying to save Terri Schiavo.
Yup! "How DARE those Republicans have principles!"