This is something I hear all the time from well-meaning but uninformed people striving for respectability, balance and distance from protesters wearing turtle shells: Michael Moore is just as bad as Bill O'Reilly.
Sure, if you don't care about facts.
Michael Moore is someone who creates an argument based on the editing of information. You may disagree with the conclusions he reaches based on his edit but he doesn't lie or make shit up.
Bill O'Reilly is a liar.
The same acrobatics are at work when the media attempts to tackle a scandal that by all rights belongs to a single party. The Abramoff scandal is Republican, yet many are attempting, employing the thinnest strands of reasoning, to paint it as bi-partisan. "But," says Digby, "that is simple bullshit."
Not only are they creating some equity and illegality where none exists, by doing it they are missing the real story, as usual.
This isn't a story about power corrupting or about a few bad apples. This is about a corrupt political machine -- a system of money laundering and public corruption on behalf of one political party. It's about a party that has used every tool at its disposal to legally and illegally enrich itself and enhance its power. It's right there. It's unravelling before our eyes.
And all Dana Bash and Ed Hanry can say is that Jack Abramoff lent his skybox to Democrats and Republicans alike. Which he did. He lent it 1% of the time to Democrats and 99% of the time to Republicans. That makes all of them equally corrupt.In other Abramoff news, Jack says he has information that could implicate 60 lawmakers... (Digby)
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