Wednesday, May 04, 2005

DeLayed Reporting

An above the masthead story today informs readers that congressman Tom DeLay (R-TX) as well as Democratic congressmen James Clyburn (D-SC) and Bennie Thompson (D-MS) may have illegally received travel reimbursements. Previous to this article, the focus has been on DeLay and his relationship with Jack Abramoff, a lobbiest under investigation for making the travel payments. For whatever reason, the article makes no mention of the same charges applied to Norm Dicks (D-WA) who recent paid back illegal reimbusement.

At the conclusion of the story we read,
"One of the Democrats, Rep. James Clyburn of South Carolina, said in an interview yesterday that his trip was in full accordance with House travel rules. Lanier Avant, a spokesman for Rep. Bennie Thompson of Mississippi said that the Democrat lawmaker had understood that the National Security Caucus Foundation had paid for the trip."
It isn't illegal for non-profit organizations to make such payments, a point made previously by Rep. DeLay, who, as this article fails to point out, has made nearly word for word the same statements given here in defense of the Democratic congressmen. So why doesn't the Daily treat them equally?


Anonymous Smoking Jay said...

It is all about hating Bush at the national or local level. The local level only beats the drums in synch with the national coverage -- journalistic sheep. The observation fits with a poll taken by the Pew Research Center back in May 2004. The group surveyed 247 journalists at national-level outlets, and found only a piddling seven percent would describe themselves as "conservative." In summary, the Pew Report found that "journalists’ ideology seems to affect how they approach their profession." Nooooooooo, tell me it is not so!!!

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