Friday, April 02, 2004

If it walks like a duck...
Paul Krugman's column in today's New York Times is absolutely dead-on.

And administration officials shouldn't be able to spread stories without making themselves accountable. If an administration official is willing to say something on the record, that's a story, because he pays a price if his claims are false. But if unnamed "administration officials" spread rumors about administration critics, reporters have an obligation to check the facts before giving those rumors national exposure. And there's no excuse for disseminating unchecked rumors because they come from "the White House," then denying the White House connection when the rumors prove false. That's simply giving the administration a license to smear with impunity.

Something that has consistently bothered me about El Presidente's administration has been its willingness to not just smear, but to hint at things that aren't even true, then blame someone else for them. The lack of accountibility in the administration just boggles my mind. I can't understand why the media just let's them get away with it.


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