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This Makes Travelgate Look Tame

By on 6.16.09 | 2:01PM

This business of President Obama firing AmeriCorps Inspector General Gerald Walpin should be a huge controversy. See here and here and here and here. And here.  And we at the Washington Times will have a lot more on this; actually, we already have lots more, but will be printing it in coming days.

Here's the thing: There is no reason, none whatsoever, for CNN and MSNBC, along with CBS and The NY Times, not to be putting this on the front page. An independent inspector general embarrassed some close allies and/or fundraisers of the president, so the president fired him without stating a cause. This is, on its face, a scandal. It is worse than Travelgate because it involves an official protecting the public fisc against waste and corruption. It is worse than the US Attorney "scandal" under Bush because, unlike US Attorneys, IGs are NOT political appointees who can be fired at will -- and because the quid pro quo, or rather dismissal pro quo, here is far more direct than it (allegedly) was with regard to the dismissed USAs.

At the very least, the intellectually honest (usually) left-leaning editorialists at the Washington Post should be yelling (in print) about this abuse of power by Obama. WHERE ARE THE WATCHDOGS of the establishment media? Oh, that's right: They are no longer watchdogs but lapdogs, and particularly slobbering ones at that, waiting for Obama's order for them to fetch his slippers while they hope to be thrown a bone for their slavish devotion to him.....

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