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Culture of (not investigating allegations of) corruption?

This morning, after this story in The Politico.com, the Atlanta paper finally "investigated" the tangled web of Rep David Scott’s (D-GA) campaign finances. The AJC story consists largely in uncritically reporting the Scott camp’s explanations of documentary evidence that, according to the paper, "has been anonymously circulated among news organizations, including the Journal-Constitution, in recent months."

Scott is moderate and well-connected (his brother-in-law is Hank Aaron). The latter fact by itself may explain why no one locally bothered to look into these documents. But I can’t help thinking that the AJC and the national press would have been all over similar allegations about any Republican. In this case, it took a national story by an up-and-coming political website to provoke my somnolent local paper to file even a cursory report.

Discussions - 3 Comments

As the neighborhood liberal, I have to confess that you're right. This should be looked into, and probably won't. Congress has become an enforcement arm of whatever party has more members of it, it seems. All the more reason to encourage 3rd party candidates.

I contrast the behavior of Erick Erickson's RedState blog, which is trying to hold Republicans accountable for the behavior of their own, with that of my newspaper, which won't do much more than help Scott blow off the allegations.

Here, for what it's worth, is a sample of the reaction in the Georgia blogosphere.

Dems are good people and therefore can do whatever they wish. Republicans are scum and therefore are always wrong. Got it?

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