Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Burying The Lead: CNN's Coverage Of The Goodling Hearing

Monica Goodling testified that Kyle Sampson, Alberto Gonzales, and Kyle Sampson were not honest when they testified under oath. She also testified that Alberto Gonzales was trying to tell her what his testimony was going to be, which is witness tampering. She also testified that she broke the civil service code by hiring or not promoting people for career positions in multiple cases because of their political views. Think on that for a second. You are a twenty-five year employee of the justice department. You work your tail off, and some 31 year old Regent University grad is not giving you a promotion because you donated $100 to Paul Tsongas in 1992 or something. So, picture all that was exposed today, and here is CNN's first few paragraphs on the hearing.
The Justice Department's former White House liaison testified Wednesday that she never discussed the hiring or firing of U.S. attorneys with White House officials.

"I did not hold the keys to the kingdom, as some have suggested," said Monica Goodling, who was Attorney General Alberto Gonzales' senior counsel and White House liaison until resigning in April.

"To the best of my knowledge, I never had a conversation with Karl Rove or Harriet Miers while I served at the Department of Justice, and I'm certain I never spoke to either of them about the hiring or firing of any U.S. attorney," Goodling said in her opening statement to the House Judiciary Committee.

The committee is investigating whether the firings of eight U.S. attorneys was politically motivated and has questioned whether Rove, President Bush's chief political adviser, and Miers, former White House counsel, were involved.

The Justice Department has said the attorneys were fired because of poor job performance, but critics allege the attorneys were fired for political reasons.

The investigation has led to calls for Gonzales' resignation.

Goodling initially invoked her Fifth Amendment right to protection from self-incrimination, but the committee granted her immunity in return for her testimony.

Goodling testified she had no significant role in determining which attorneys were to go on a list of those to be fired.

"I was responsible more for what happened after the plan was implemented rather than maybe the plan itself," Goodling testified.

That is freaking criminal. The attorney general witness tampered. The top three people at the department perjured themselves in front of congress according to her testimony. These paragraphs are CNN's idea of leading the story?

Is it a wonder people turn to the internet to get news? For all I know, Goodling could be lying. Paul McNulty says she was lying. Alberto Gonzales says tonight that he was trying to tell her what he would testify to "comfort her" in some bizarre way that I don't think any rational person could understand. Yet, CNN runs this piece of crap and calls it their news story. What is wrong with these people?