Back in 1950, then-U.S. Senator Joseph R. McCarthy of Wisconsin inveighed that he had a list of members of the Communist Party working at the State Department. Well, today, one of his successors in the United States Senate, but of the opposing party, has been talking about a list he has, “number of people” who told him that the presumptive Republican presidential nominee didn’t pay his taxes.
And like Mr. McCarthy, Mr. Reid isn’t planning on making his list public:
Asked to elaborate on his sources, Reid declined. “No, that’s the best you’re going to get from me.”
“I don’t think the burden should be on me,” Reid said. “The burden should be on him. He’s the one I’ve alleged has not paid any taxes. Why didn’t he release his tax returns?”
So, just because a partisan adversary alleges somehow then the accused has the burden of proof? If, deadpans Ed Morrissey, “a Democratic Party leader accuses you of a crime with no evidence whatsoever, you are expected to be considered guilty unless you prove yourself innocent.”
Jim Geraghty is calling for the journalists to fact check the Senate Democratic Leader. Don’t you think they could at least ask the Democrat to identify the sources to them (without making their names public) so they can verify the story’s accuracy? After all, the Washington Post tweeted Mr. Reid’s claim. Shouldn’t those folks now investigate it?
Although Mr. Reid can’t substantiate his claims, this story still led memeorandum on Tuesday.
On CNN Money, however, Dan Primack called BS on Reid’s claim. Accountable journalists would regularly be calling on Mr. Reid to name his sources. And knock him for his failure to do so.
UPDATE: Liberal comedian Jon Stewart mocks Harry Reid:
Remind me again why an unsubstantiated allegation is news. Via Washington Examiner.
UP-UPDATE: “Reid“, Doug Powers writes on Michelle Malkin’s blog, “addressed this topic on the House floor today because he had some free time due to not working on passing a budget for the past three years . . . ” Wonder if our friends in the legacy media have given more time to Mr. Reid’s unsubstantiated allegations about Mr. Romney’s taxes to the very easily substantiated story of the failure of his Senate to pass a budget.