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

Location: Boston, Massachusetts, United States


Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Failing upward: not just for the White House anymore

It's been a while since the "story" about Harry Reid's ethics problems broke, but it wasn't much of a story. The author, John Solomon, left out a few significant details that favored Reid, and it didn't amount to much anyway-- prime tickets to some boxing matches, which isn't exactly ninety large in the freezer. No rules were broken, there was no quid pro quo, and it didn't go beyond an unwise decision by Reid to enjoy a perk without carefully analyzing the implications first.

It's worked out pretty well for Solomon, too:

Yesterday, not long after The Washington Post announced that it had snagged the AP's John Solomon -- citing, among other things, his courageous exposure of Sen. Harry Reid's "ethical missteps," -- news came that the Senate ethics committee had cleared Reid for accepting free ringside seats from the Nevada Athletic Commission.

That ethics complaint, of course, had been spurred by one of Solomon's hit pieces on Reid, and the one, to our judgment, most riddled with inaccuracies and omissions that served to pump up Solomon's rather lame story.