I am all for journalists using anonymous sources in appropriate circumstances, like when they are unable to obtain important information otherwise for stories that hold government accountable. But The Washington Post’s Dan Balz, in an election “analysis” piece (not labeled as such, at least on the Web site) that discusses whether President Bush is a boon or a drag on the Republican ticket, unnecessarily and annoyingly grants anonymity to a source.
What’s worse about this is “mainstream” newspapers like The Post and The New York Times often will find one or two moderate or liberal Republicans (like Christopher Shays, Lindsay Graham, John McCain — you know the usual suspects), get them to say something negative about the president or about the party, and then portray it as legitimate rebellion or a trend within the party that is disturbing to its leadership.
So in this case, the anonymity of the GOP “strategist” enlightens no one. Where is this person in the Republican tent? Is he (or she) a mainstreamer? A conservative? A liberal? A malcontent? I guess we’ll never know.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?