The Daily Sandwich

"We have to learn the lesson that intellectual honesty is fundamental for everything we cherish." -Sir Karl Popper

Location: Boston, Massachusetts, United States


Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Instant Spin.... it's going to get you.

Less than a day after GOP Rep. Randy Cunningham pleads guilty to taking more than $2 million in bribes (Fox News hasn't been giving Cunningham's party affiliation in their stories), allegations have surfaced that (gasp!) a Democratic Senator received $5,000 from a Native American tribe associated with disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff-- possibly in exchange for political favors!

As the Kos contributor notes, the AP story on Dorgan doesn't really tell us where the 'evidence' comes from, aside from getting the source's name wrong. In fact, the source is a Republican lobbyist (living in Louisiana, no less-- Dorgan is in North Dakota), and the contribution was above-board and made after Dorgan had made a move that benefitted the grateful contributors.

In a word: bogus. But it provides all the righties with an instant talking point. Being pressed with questions about GOP misdeeds? Squirming at the mention of Cunningham, Abramoff, DeLay and Ney? No sweat! Just shout the name "Dorgan" and you won't have to deal with it any more. Way to go, mainstream media. You've done it again.