Monday, January 16, 2006

Minimization of the Corruption Scandal?

CNN and Fox News have comparable articles about Representative Bob Ney (R-OH) stepping down amid the corruption scandal related to Jack Abramoff. I noticed however that Fox is running the first of a “two-part series on the role of lobbying in Washington, D.C., and associated reforms proposed by Congress.” The first is entitled “Political Controversy Nothing New to Washington.” Is this an attempt to minimize the scandal? Here are the introductory sentences:

Though Washington is in a huff over the antics of fallen lobbyist Jack Abramoff, 100 years ago, the investigation likely wouldn't have caught the notice of many in or outside of Congress, says Deputy House Historian Fred Beuttler.

Beuttler, who has tracked the slow march toward political accountability in terms of lobbying and the role of money in politics, told that politicians embroiled in controversy is nothing new to Washington. It's only just recently been paid attention by lawmakers.

Link to the article:,2933,181732,00.html

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