Wednesday, July 01, 2009

What Would Ben Bradlee Do?


Dan Froomkin is done.

But not without taking a parting shot at......gasp!...Timmeh, and....double-gasp!...' The WaPo's former Golden-Boy and current 'Stenographer-In-Chief':

"....I started my column in January 2004, and one dominant theme quickly emerged: That George W. Bush was truly the proverbial emperor with no clothes....


....When I look back on the Bush years, I think of the lies. There were so many. Lies about the war and lies to cover up the lies about the war. Lies about torture and surveillance. Lies about Valerie Plame. Vice President Dick Cheney's lies, criminally prosecutable but for his chief of staff Scooter Libby's lies. I also think about the extraordinary and fundamentally cancerous expansion of executive power that led to violations of our laws and our principles...


...How did the media cover it all? Not well. Reading pretty much everything that was written about Bush on a daily basis, as I did, one could certainly see the major themes emerging. But by and large, mainstream-media journalism missed the real Bush story for way too long. The handful of people who did exceptional investigative reporting during this era really deserve our gratitude: People such as Ron Suskind, Seymour Hersh, Jane Mayer, Murray Waas, Michael Massing, Mark Danner, Barton Gellman and Jo Becker, James Risen and Eric Lichtblau (better late than never), Dana Priest, Walter Pincus, Charlie Savage and Philippe Sands; there was also some fine investigative blogging over at Talking Points Memo and by Marcy Wheeler

Notably not on this list: The likes of Bob Woodward and Tim Russert...."


Looking forward to seeing where Mr. Froomkin, one of the best of the 'best-of' list above, lands next.

Me, I'm willing to take pretty short odds on the TPM empire.


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