Michael Scherer tries to get literary:
The great American poet and prose-mangler William Burroughs once offered some words of advice for young people, words that work just as well for inhabitants of Washington D.C.: “An old junk pusher told me,” he wrote, “ ‘Watch whose money you pick up.’ ”[…..]
This is the same problem that Barack Obama faces today, after a terrific bit of reporting in the Washington Times by Matthew Mosk. The story examines the many ways in which Obama has rewarded his top fundraisers since arriving at the White House—through ambassadorships, a golf game on Martha’s Vineyard, events at the White House, bowling at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, private briefings with senior officials like Jim Messina and Austan Goolsbee, etc.
I guess it beats being compared to Hitler….
I’m beginning to wonder if I was right that the Moonies to get their money’s worth from the Times. A paper with a subscription of under 70K writes a fairly nondescript piece about the way that Obama offers donors the same perks that all recent presidents have, and suddenly he’s a drug pusher, it’s Lincoln Bedroom 2, where’s the post-partisanship, he said he’d be different! No disrespect to Mosk, it sounds like solid reporting. The underlying story just isn’t that big a deal. But, now that media elites have declared that they need to follow every story that comes out of Fox/Drudge/Moonie, it demands oodles of mainstream news coverage.
Maybe that kind of thing is worth a $100 million a year.