Thursday, May 25, 2006

Only the Tip of a Corrupt Iceberg

Mark Hyman’s recent commentary on “Duke” Cunningham is an interesting study in damage control. He notes that Cunningham “disgraced himself” and that “maybe we’ll never know what went wrong in Duke Cunningham’s heart.”

In other words, Cunningham’s corruption is an internal, individual issue, not anything that touches on larger issues.

But of course, it does, and that’s precisely why Hyman delivers this editorial now. Had he only been interested in Cunningham, he would have delivered this commentary months ago, when Cunningham pleaded guilty. But because Cunningham is becoming the poster boy for the larger, systemic corruption in the Republican-controlled Congress, it’s time to call out the radical-right’s damage control spin machine.

In addition to using the rhetoric of personal failure (as opposed to systemic corruption), Hyman fails to mention that Cunningham is a Republican. In this, Hyman is not alone. As Media Matters for America has noted, a number of media outlets (most notably, Fox News) have downplayed or failed to mention Cunningham’s party affiliation and the widening scope of the scandal.

But as the Christian Science Monitor reported earlier this month, there is growing reason to believe that Cunningham’s corruption is only the tip of a hefty and highly Republican iceberg of scandal and corruption. We’ve already seen the fall of Tom “The Hammer” DeLay due to the corruption charges against him, and the recent quick exit of Porter Goss from the CIA has also raised suspicions of a connection to the scandal that brought down Cunningham. And need we mention G.O.P. lobbyist Jack Abramoff?

Right-wing spinmeisters continue to label such issues “lobbying corruption” or as personal failings of specific individuals. But what’s becoming increasingly clear to the majority of Americans is that what we’re seeing is systematic Congressional corruption that pervades the Republican leadership.

And that’s The Counterpoint.


At 9:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Funny, isn't it, how the "Liberal" media fails to mention the "Dukester's" Republican affiliation, but misses no chance to mention William Jefferson's party.
Mike B. in SC

At 11:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, how 'bout that William Jefferson?

James Traficant?

Dan Rostenkowski?

Jim Wright?

Many more examples exist, so quit with the holier than thou b.s. already.

Glass house/stones


Cunningham screwed up, it doesn't matter what his party affiliation is. He screwed up - period. Trying to play games with 'omission this' and 'omission that' is just silly no matter the source.

At 12:08 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anon, nothing in the history of this country compares to the Republican Party's sell-out of our government to the highest bidder. If we really had a "Liberal" media, the K-Street lobby scandal would be running on all outlets 24X7. Unlike so-called conservatives, who try to sweep their dirt under the rug, I and many other liberals, welcome a full investigation of any wrongdoing by Jefferson, and if he is guilty, I hope he is given the maximum possible penalty for his actions.
Mike B. in SC

At 10:45 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mr. Thayer,

Corruption attends power, I'll grant you that.

So you go back 18 years ago to mention Jim Wright? Oh brother.

And what's your point: "i can find bad dems, so there's no problem?"

Corruption is bad no matter who does it. It's just that the Republicans do it with such flair!

The Republicans have made it very clear that they love to suck up to power and love the notion of amassing wealth to an oligarchy.

To wit:

- Cheney's secret meetings with Enron et al. (sorry, public, none of your beeswax what the Veep does on company time!)

- Pushing end of the Estate Tax and falsely advertising that it's targeted to the little farmer.

- no-bid contracts all over the place, resulting in SEVEN BILLION DOLLARS of COMPLETELY VANISHED money in the Iraq Hole.

- Trying to Privatize Social Security.

- Helping the rich while making not one small increase to the minimum wage (why it's acceptable to have citizen's work full-time jobs and still be in poverty is beyond me).

- Trying to bribe voters (Bush's stupid $300 rebate gimmick or Frist's more recent nonsense.)

Republicans stand up for the very rich and ignore most everyone else. How is that good for any just society?

Sorry, but history will hopefully show that the Republican's rapacious attitude toward our society is simply selfish greed. Period. Oh, we'll all just go down the toilet of greed and self-interest, which is our current path.

At 10:50 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey folks, wanna see some pretty amazing Right Wing Spin?

At 12:56 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is a little off-topic, but not off Sinclair topics...

News reports (see indicate that Sen John Kerry is continuing his battle against the scurrilous SwiftBoat attacks, of which Sinclair Broadcast Group and other Fringe elements hocked up and spat out at us all during the last presidential election.

As the NYTimes article indicates, Kerry has presented new evidence detailing several additional lies of those swiftboat accusers.

Those Swiftboat jerks are the lowest form of life. Wrapping themselves in patriotism, while calling a veteran's valor into question (with false statements) solely for political gain. There simply is no other word for it: disgraceful.

Check out this new report. Gives one hope that these asses may get their come-uppance.

How low can people sink?


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