Friday, September 28, 2007

At Least One Publication...

At least one publication in Central New York knows that journalist are supposed to report and recite. The Syracuse New Times gave a deeper look to Jim's Journal of his Iraq trip from the PS. I suggest you take the time to read the whole thing if you haven't yet.

I want to focus on one part in particular though:

As an example, he mentioned Walsh’s reference, in the second paragraph to Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) agreeing to lead the delegation and then “backing out.” Kaplan thought this was a cheap shot at Kerry that added nothing to the story.

A call to Kerry’s office to check on this fact elicited this comment from communications director Vincent Morris: “Congressman Walsh is mistaken. Sen. Kerry never committed to the trip. It is not correct to say that he backed out. They talked about several different opportunities. He was looking at possible dates, and spoke to DOD {Department of Defense}. We heard there was interest from the House side and encouraged them to bring members of the House.”

Why the swipe at Kerry, a Vietnam vet whose Purple Hearts were ridiculed by Republican operatives in his 2004 presidential campaign? In the interview, Walsh admitted that he had never been in touch with Kerry’s office, but had heard from the DOD that Kerry was interested in a delegation and wanted to invite House members along. In his journal, Walsh said that once Kerry “backed out” Walsh became the senior member, and his staff took over the planning. Kerry’s office disputed this, noting that congressional staffs don’t do much planning on these trips, as they are “run by the Pentagon.” Walsh called back to emphasize that he had “never meant to embarrass Kerry.”

I'd like to say that this is out of the norm for Mr. Walsh, but it is really part of a larger pattern. All of the time Walsh has spent in Washington as given him the attitude that he is better than everyone else and that he can say and do what he pleases with impunity. It is just more of the same from a very out of touch Jim Walsh, from saying he was disappointed in Onondaga County voters to his attitude that he was too important to have to campaign and talk to the little people, to this incident. We need a Congressman whose first concern is us, not himself.


At 2:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is a great article and a much needed response to the Post Standards uncritical publication of Jim's Journal. It was indeed an abdication of journalistic responsibility.


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