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August 29, 2007

I Question The Timing: Who Tipped Roll Call's Reporter To Larry Craig Story?

This is an awful lot like the Mark Foley scandal. The story had been out there for years but, conveniently enough, it was only pushed into the MSM before an election.

In this case, the arrest report wasn't leaked earlier when it would have given an Idaho GOP challenger time to suddenly whip up the makings of an insurgent campaign. Instead, it comes far too late for that, making it almost certain Craig will prevail in the primary for lack of a real challenger and then be defeated by a Democratic candidate.

How do these lucky breaks keep accruing to the Democrats?

The Roll Call reporter who broke the story himself questions the timing by wondering how it could be that this was never broken previously.

He could help answer that himself by divulging not the name but the partisan leaning and organizational association of who tipped him the story. Of if it was done anonymously, he ought to say so.

Dirty tricks like this aren't all that dirty. It was Craig, after all, who colluded in this by trying to hide what could not be hidden, leaving himself at the mercy of partisan opponents as regards the timing of the inevitable leak.

And yet the media is awwwwwfully interested in the skullduggery aspects of stories like this when the GOP is behind them -- or even whispered to be behind them. Indeed, the rule is generally this: If a leak hurts a Republican, the MSM focuses on the content of the leak. If a leak hurts a Democrat, the MSM plays down the actual information divulged by the leak and instead focuses on the skullduggery of how the leak came to happen.

Obviously, in both cases, the MSM is casting the GOP as the bad guy. A leak that hurts a Republican proves the Republican is the bad guy. A leak that hurts a Democrat also proves the Republican is the bad guy, because what's he doing spreading malicious information?

The MSM now routinely "questions the timing" of even terror alerts but apparently has no interest in the well-timed outing of closeted gay Republicans engaging in highly questionable behavior. Even though this is the second time running that a Late Summer Surprise threatened to turn an election in the direction of Democrats.

Related: To both the Craig and Hillary! stories.

While the media floods the zone on Craig, they seem curiously uninterested in the details of Hillary's shady fundraising from Peter Paul -- despite the fact she might soon be under oath and required to answer questions about the matter in court.

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