You really have to get up early in the morning to be more wrong than Kirsten Powers. Today she makes the inane argument that Obama "mishandled the media" in the ongoing Blagojevich scandal and that's why they've been making so many assumptions about the president-elect's conduct without any evidence of wrongdoing, and considerable evidence that there was none. Powers says, "but you made me do this" while offering up a few bungling, idiotic errors of her own.
The Obama team has sometimes claimed that it's holding off on giving details at Fitzgerald's request - and sometimes that it will talk specifics as soon as it has found exactly what contact occurred. Which is it?
Yesterday, the Obama team seemed finally to be getting the story under control, saying it has completed its internal review but will be holding it a week at Fitzgerald's request. That conflicts with Obama's past promise to release details "in a few days" but the Obama team can argue that it is out of their control.
Look, the fact that Kirsten Powers can't be bothered to put Obama's statements in chronological order is clearly the Obama team's fault for mismanaging Kirsten Powers. Moving on:
In the intervening time, Obama has repeatedly stated defensively that he had no contact with the governor or his office and had not discussed the Senate seat, as if either would somehow be inappropriate.
So, if he hadn't had any personal contact with Blagojevich, he should have lied and said he did so that the press wouldn't be suspicious?
Then there is this gem:
Heck, an Obama staffer is on tape offering the furious Blago no more than "appreciation" for giving the seat to Obama's preferred candidate.
No actually, Blagojevich himself is on tape complaining that Obama was offering nothing more than "appreciation." There is no Obama staffer on tape anywhere in the report. There isn't even a clear indication that the appreciation statement is the result of communication between Blagojevich and Obama's staff, rather than merely Blagojevich's personal assumption. But Powers couldn't be bothered to actually read the complaint before dashing off an op-ed to the New York Post about how Obama mismanaged the media.
To reiterate: In the midst of arguing that ongoing coverage of the Blagojevich scandal unfairly casts aspersions on Obama, and that this is the result of the Obama team "mismanaging" the media, Powers commits basic factual errors. Ostensibly Powers' inability to do her own basic research is also Obama's fault, part and parcel of their "mismanaging" of the media. It's almost as if it's not the reporter or writers' responsibility to get the facts straight. Powers'
argument is nothing but a retroactive justification of poor reporting
from someone who didn't bother to fact-check their own work.
-- A. Serwer
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