The IR just keeps the hits coming. It’s an accomplishment to be considered one of the worst editorials in the recent history of the paper, but today’s special edition must be a nominee.
The IR staff, you see, is relieved that Democrats have also been implicated in the Abramoff fundraising scandal, because it will remove the temptation to make the money a campaign issue. The IR staff writes:
But with contributions from Abramoff of their own to deal with, Democrats might be wise to find other issues with which to go after Burns. Given the president’s low poll ratings, that shouldn’t be all that hard to do. And it is likely to turn off fewer Montana voters.
In other words, we’d all be better off if this issue just went away. Voters shouldn’t trouble their pretty little heads with complex issues like the wholesale corporate purchase of our national government. It’d be better to put our heads in the sand and just give Baucus, Burns, and Rehberg a free pass because ‘everyone does it’. Rather than demand an investigation into just what all that money bought, or god forbid, investigate themselves, the IR would rather just have controversy go away for the sake of the status quo.
Responsible journalism is hard. Journalism is more than summarizing AP stories about corporate donations. Editorials have a powerful role in a community–especially a small one like ours. But when newspapers abrogate their responsibility to the public, refuse to do in-depth reporting, and give free passes to politicians who reek of corporate filth and outright bribery, is it any wonder that the public in increasing numbers refuses to be a part of the farce?