As I worked out yesterday in the gym, I saw CNN’s Anderson Cooper devoting a full fifteen minutes to the Cain kerfuffle and assumed he was not the first on that network to tackle the topic. How much time, I wonder, did Mr. Cooper’s network devote in the 1990s to corroborated allegations that a Democratic president raped a woman?
Oh, and that woman came forward to detail her allegations — unlike Politico’s sources. Naming the four Politico reporters, Glenn Reynolds asked last night, “Would Jonathan Martin, Maggie Haberman, Anna Palmer and Kenneth Vogel have put their names on a similar piece, with no named sources, aimed at Barack Obama? Would Politico have run it?”
Glenn thinks he knows the answer, but, well, let’s ask some questions first before rushing to conclusions.
So, let’s put some questions to Politico:
- When it was revealed that Barack Obama’s operatives successfully maneuvered to remove an incumbent state Senator from the ballot in 1996, indeed, “challenging petitions until every one of Obama’s four Democratic primary rivals was forced off the ballot”, how many reporters did your journal assign to the story?
- How many Politico reporters investigated Obama’s relationship with Bill Ayers?
- When the LA Times refused to release a tape of a dinner where Obama apparently toasted anti-Israel historian Rashid Khalidi, how many reporters did Politico assign to try to determine what the Democrat said that night? And to figure out why the Times was keeping the tape under wraps?
- Has Politico dispatched any reporters to determine why Barack Obama won’t release his college transcripts?
- How many reporters did Politico send to Chicago to find out how aware Barack Obama was of the racism, anti-Semitism and anti-gay bigotry of a preacher whose church he attended for twenty years?
- When it was revealed in 2008 that Barack Obama was the second largest recipient of campaign cash from then-bankrupt Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, how many Politico reporters investigated that connection, particularly given that the largest recipient of those government-sponsored enterprises largesse had served in the Senate for the full 19-year reporting period (which began 15 years before Mr. Obama’s 2004 bid for the U.S. Senate)?
- When news broke that Barney Frank’s boyfriend worked at Fannie Mae at the same time the Massachusetts Democrat served on the House committee overseeing the government-sponsored enterprise’s operations, how many reporters did you dispatch to cover this conflict of interest? How many of them followed up when Gretchen Mortenson of the New York Times reported that the Congressman had “called up the company and asked them to hire” said boyfriend?
- When a White House spokesman yelled at a CBS reporter for not being “reasonable” in asking questions about the Fast and Furious scandal, how many reporters did you send to inquire why the White House wanted to bury the story?
- When Solyndra went bankrupt, how many reporters did Politico dispatch to inquire at the methods that Department of Energy used to evaluate this company or to investigate other companies receiving loan guarantees from the federal government?
Contending that the Cain “story was a legitimate issue for a presidential candidate“, blogging law professor William A. Jacobson quips, “we only wish the mainstream media would investigate Obama’s past with half as much enthusiasm.” Well, we’re about to find out if they did.
I’ll be passing along this post to the woman from Politico who regularly e-mails me their posts and will let you know if she responds to these questions.
UPDATE: Just thought of another question:
- Did any reporters from Politico ever investigate Barack Obama’s promise to practice a “new kind of politics,” particularly in light of his relationship with the Chicago political machine and his record in the Illinois Senate?