Sunday, January 22, 2006

The Firestorm

It is Sunday and Deborah Howell aka ombudsman has got another column for us. But it seems that she has still got it wrong.

I wrote that he gave campaign money to both parties and their members of Congress. He didn't. I should have said he directed his client Indian tribes to make campaign contributions to members of Congress from both parties.
Daily Kos has a dissection of what Deborah does still not get.
Is it really so difficult for Howell and Post editors to just say: "We goofed. Sorry. Abramoff gave only to Republicans. And his clients/victims gave less to Democrats after hiring Abramoff than they had before."
Her latest column is still a bit hazy on the fact that Abramoff didn't direct the tribes to "donate money to the Democrats" so much as he directed them to either reduce the money they were already donating, or stop donating it entirely. Not quite the same thing, and certainly not the same implications.

I would say that Lil Debbie as Firedoglake likes to refer to her, is a woman who is exceptionally pissed off at being called out on her incompetence.
Instead of meticulously clearing up her mistatements, as someone who made an honest "mistake" might be inclined to do, she dwells on her perception of having received a "public stoning," with a few more inaccuracies thrown in to boot.
The 42 blog posts WaPo wants to hide from you

This whole article reminds me of the administration - when caught in a lie, dig in your heels and spin some more.

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