Just when we thought the Amarillo Globe-News’ editorial page writers couldn’t get it any more wrong — either for themselves or their columnists — Monday’s editorial about the current crisis of confidence over Attorney General Alberto Gonzales stumbles into view.
I quote it in full because it’s important:
Holding court: While we bet most Americans are responding with a collective yawn over the supposed controversy of the firing of eight
I don’t know where the Globe-News gets its “bet” that “most Americans” don’t care about the situation with Gonzales, but if that’s the case, it’s a failure of people to understand how our government should work — with integrity. It’s also a failure of the media to paint the picture accurately: Everything in this administration does is based on hardball partisan politics instead of the protection of this county’s Constitution. Further, to call this situation a “supposed” controversy raises questions about the ability to discern the difference between fantasy and reality.
Since every administration replaces
It doesn’t, of course. But since it’s another way for the Globe-News (and other conservative media) to paint the Bush administration as right and anyone who disagrees with the Bush administration as wrong, the newspaper won’t let a few facts get in the way of its harangue.
The “whatever reason” comment is the real clue to what the Globe-News doesn’t understand or doesn’t want its readers to understand. The crisis has to do with turning
The danger to the country was that Rove, Bush and Gonzales were turning the U.S. Attorneys’ Office into an office aimed at prosecuting political disagreement, something I’ve warned about time and again in The Amarillo Independent. How ironic that Tom DeLay, in a variety of interviews over the weekend, objected to criminalizing politics while his old friends in the administration do that very thing.
In every week this saga unfolds, we’re learning something else about the integrity of the administration. Gonzales said at one point he knew nothing and now we know he was involved in the firings. It goes on and on. The dissembling upon dissembling and the spinning of spinning has gotten to the point where even fellow Republicans are turning against Gonzales. Sen. Arlen Specter, the ranking minority member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, has said Gonzales has “some explaining to do.” Two other GOP senators, Lindsey Graham of
Rewrite: If the administration’s pattern on almost every issue from
And while the local populace has the right to and should hear opinions of every stripe, they should be exposed to those opinions in the context of facts.