Accuracy in Media

President Obama has fired the supposedly independent watchdog of AmeriCorps and other national service programs because he lost confidence in him. By sheer coincidence, or so America is supposed to believe, the inspector general in question, Gerald Walpin, accused an Obama supporter of misusing federal grants.

As Instapundit noted, “Under a Republican president, this would be a huge scandal.” And you don’t have to travel any further back in time than the Bush administration to see how the media responded to just such a scandal under a Republican.

Here’s an excerpt from a 2007 article by Time:

An unusually high number of Bush IGs, such as Janet Rehnquist at Health and Human Services, have been forced to resign under a cloud as a result of bipartisan pressure, often because of bald incompetence or gross interference with the IG mission. At the same time, a number of good IGs have felt undermined or even been forced out by their political superiors after uncovering major problems.

Bush’s decisions about IGs was so scandalous that even Rolling Stone covered the story under the headline “Bush’s Lap Dogs: What Happened To D.C.’s Watchdogs?” “Just as he politicized every other facet of government from [the Federal Emergency Management Agency] to the Farm Bureau, President Bush has ignored the law and stocked the inspector general posts with inexperienced cronies,” writer Tim Dickinson argued.

That sounds like the kind of mission Obama has embarked upon early in his tenure — and in an even more egregious way than Bush. But don’t hold your breath for the media to make that connection obvious to its audiences.




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