“Out of His Way”

Media Matters:

Note also that Time says Fitzgerald “has to go out of his way to distance” Obama from the scandal.  But Fitzgerald did so not because there have been indications that Obama is connected to the scandal — no, he did so because reporters asked him multiple questions about whether Obama was involved.

Let’s sum up:

1) Reporters ask Fitzgerald, based on nothing, if Obama is involved.

2) Fitzgerald says there is no evidence Obama is involved

3) Reporter writes that it is bad news for Obama that Fitzgerald had to go out of his way to distance Obama from the scandal.

Heck of a racket, isn’t it?

It sure is, and there’s a good reason for it. On the one hand, scandalish sounding stories sell better, because there’s more interest in “Obama may or may not” be tied to Blago (and we sure want you to think it’s possible), than a dry “Obama did nothing wrong.” It also gives “journalists” more room to get creative in their stories, and gives cable news something to chew over all day long. And for as downright inane as the pundits are, this sort of word play by so-called reporters is actually much more problematic.