Monday, July 23, 2007

Will a Utahn be the next Vitter?

[This will be my last post until Thursday, and that one might be my last post for the week, I am going on vacation after the bar.]

One holier than thou "down," how many more to go?
An interesting Utah phone number showed up on the newly released phone logs of the so-called DC Madam, who is alleged to have run a high-end prostitute ring in the Washington, D.C., area.
No, it wasn't to or from the personal cell phone of any of Utah's congressmen or senators. The mysterious number was that of a Salt Lake City-based customer-support line of the Marriott hotel chain "rewards" program. There were five separate calls from December 1999 through June 2000, including one 12-minute call, according to logs of the calls, which were discovered thanks to the help of the Web site,
So far, the deputy secretary of state has resigned after reporters started scouring the phone records, and Sen. David Vitter, R-La., is under fire for admitting a past "sin."

Funny how reporters will bother to do research using the internet and calling/talking to people when it involves a sex scandal--David Vitter liked to wear diapers when having sex with prostitutes, news at a 11-- but not when it comes to hawkish claims about Al Qaeda's presence in Iraq (which is different than "Al Qaeda in Iraq" by the way) or Iran or WMD's or pretty much anything Chris Cannon is told to say on the TeeVee.

It's easier for the media to do a gotcha than to do a real fact-check. And reporters, fact checking means verifying what an interviewee/story subject is saying, not asking "both sides" to comment on what they said. He said she said is not news, it is gossip collection. A real piece of news says, "Bush claims Saddam has obtained significant quantities of uranium from Niger, but that isn't true because..." and then keep hounding the powers that be who lied to answer to the public why they lied and apologize, rather than letting them lie again (fact-checking their response would help).

Anyway, enjoy the heat and Pioneer Day, because I won't. See you on the other side.

1 comment:

rmwarnick said...

One fact that's seldom mentioned is that Saddam had a large stockpile of uranium already. Anyway, there is a difference between uranium oxide and highly enriched uranium (HEU) which the media usually ignores.