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April 16, 2012


Brendan says one reason for Obama's long scandal-free reign was that Republicans didn't have to focus on scandals because they could attack the President over the bad economy. However, the right did focus on Gunrunner.

Rep. Darrell Issa conducted as least two rounds of public hearings. The conservative media wrote article after article. The right reported interesting side stories, such as personal stories about the murdered US agents and stories about the impact on foreign relations with Mexico. I think the right did what they could to make this tragedy into a scandal.

Yet, the mainstream media gave the story a wide berth, even when the Justice Dept. admitted that much of the earlier testimony had been false or incorrect. The New York Times actually wrote an editorial laying part of the blame on Rep. Issa.

The next six and a half months will provide an empirical test of competing theories. If Brendan is right, Republican efforts to tar Obama plus the shortage of new daily political news will lead to numerous reported scandals. OTOH if media bias is the main cause, then there will be few if any scandals, because the mainstream media work especially hard to defend Obama right before the election.

Just happened to notice a particular instance of a conservative trying to make a scandal out of Gunrunner. She called it the "deadliest and most sinister scandal in American history. A scandal so big, it’s worse than Iran-Contra and makes Watergate look like a high school prank gone wrong."

This sort of article refutes Brendan's claim that Gunrunner wasn't a scandal, in part because the right didn't promote it sufficiently.

See: http://townhall.com/columnists/katiepavlich/2012/04/16/opening_the_flood_gates_on_fast_and_furious

I see WaPo referred to the "Summit Scandal" on Page 1 today above the fold.


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