Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Who cares about this 'Nancy Pelosi torture crap'?

Hanging around the U.S. Capitol this afternoon, I overheard a reporter for a major publication you probably last read at the dentist's office bemoaning how ever so bored she was the news this week. Actual quote:
"I don't care about any of this Nancy Pelosi torture crap . . . I'm a forward-looking girl."
That "Pelosi torture crap" to which the reporter refers is of course the news that self-styled progressive House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) was reportedly briefed on the Bush administration's use of torture and did not object, supposedly out of "respect" for the "'appropriate' legislative channels."

Yet to some reporters, the news that one of the leaders of the nominal opposition party during the Bush years was informed -- and indeed complicit -- in the use of waterboarding and other torture techniques used on suspected terrorists is just so bor-ing. But no, it's Google that's killing journalism . . .

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