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Trivia Tidbit Of The Day: Part 424 -- Firing U.S. Attorneys.

Yet Another Perfect Example of Left-Wing Media Bias-

So, yesterday, the trivia tidbit of the day dealt with the enormous power of the left-wing establishment media. The breathless panting on the evening news last night reinforced that point.

Indeed, the alleged controversy over replacing eight U.S. Attorneys dominated the news, with references to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales resigning over the "scandal."

It was the news equivalent of the Howard Dean scream in Iowa. Just out of control reporting. They've simply lost it and gone off their collective "mainstream" media rocker.

Some context and perspective on the recent evil political purge, apparently not noteworthy:


Indeed, 8 is a lot higher number than (all) 93, apparently.

Or maybe the media coverage this week has simply been proportional to the coverage the purge received more than a dozen years ago.


Back in 1993, the networks weren't so interested in Clinton's maneuver. The April 1993 edition of the MRC's MediaWatch newsletter recounted:

Attorney General Janet Reno fired all 93 U.S. attorneys, a very unusual practice. Republicans charged the Clintonites made the move to take U.S. Attorney Jay Stephens off the House Post Office investigation of Ways and Means Chairman Dan Rostenkowski. The network response: ABC and CBS never mentioned it. CNN's World News and NBC Nightly News provided brief mentions, with only NBC noting the Rosty angle. Only NBC's Garrick Utley kept the old outrage, declaring in a March 27 "Final Thoughts" comment: "Every new President likes to say 'Under me, it's not going to be politics as usual.' At the Justice Department, it looks as if it still is."

Really, though, a President ought to be able to determine his own executive branch personnel. The Attorney General ought to be able to determine his own Justice Department staff. The position of U.S. Attorney should not be some sort of guaranteed lifetime position. More generally, the federal bureaucracy should not be some sort of protected class of untouchable saints allowed to undermine the elected will of the people.

In a Republican (republican) form of government, administrations elected by the people ought to be able to halt the auto-pilot inertia of the executive branch when appropriate. Otherwise, what is the point of elections?


Previous Trivia Tidbit: Mainstream Establishment Media Still Own The Marketplace Of News.

Posted by Will Franklin · 14 March 2007 12:15 PM


The President has such NERVE firing attorneys for dragging their feet on investigating Democratic voter fraud.

Democrats . . . vote fraud . . . who is this guy kidding?

Posted by: Ken McCracken at March 14, 2007 05:27 PM

What about the State Department? Shouldn't the President be able to clean that out too?...Sorry! That wasn't very nice...

Posted by: zsa zsa at March 14, 2007 05:29 PM


Clean out the CIA and FBI. Every administration it is the same thing--a year of hearings to nominate and confirm the heads of this department or that, but at the end of the day, that is all it is. A change at the very top. But no real changes to the paper pushing folks that run these bloated agencies.

GE's CEO Jack Welch said that every year an organization should fire the bottom performing 10%. Oh, if only these lessons could be applied to government agencies and to union teachers.

Posted by: Justin B at March 15, 2007 05:23 PM

Bloated is such a nice way of putting it, Justin! You are so nice. Teachers unions should be illegal. My sister became a Principal after years of teaching & she couldn't even get the janitor to empty the trash without the union getting involved!

Posted by: zsa zsa at March 18, 2007 11:48 AM

Teachers are public servants. Unions have no place in education!

Posted by: zsa zsa at March 18, 2007 11:51 AM