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Monday, April 17

Rich Media Companies Hide Republican Nature of Crimes 

Talking Points Memo point out that when the going gets rough, the rich Republican criminals stick together:
"As we mentioned earlier, the AP really, really didn't seem to want to mention that George Ryan, the former Illinois governor convicted of corruption today, is a Republican. The AP waited until the very end of the article to note that Ryan is from the GOP.

Time never got around to mentioning it. But that alone didn't get them so clearly into the winner's circle."


He goes on to show that Time actually went to great literary lengths to find a way to tie it to a Democrat.

The story is about a rich Republican criminal, former Governor of Illinois, George Ryan. He was convicted of all counts against him, which makes him a guilty rich Republican criminal. Patrick Fitzgerald, currently investigating the Bush administration, was the prosecuter. The NY Times said:

"Mr. Ryan steered contracts worth millions of dollars to friends and took payments and vacations in return," Mr. Fitzgerald said. "When he was a sitting governor, he lied to the F.B.I. about this conduct and then he went out and did it again."

But Mr. Fitzgerald said the most appalling part of the corruption was Mr. Ryan's reaction upon learning that bribes were being paid for licenses, putting public safety in jeopardy. Instead of ending the practice he tried to end the investigation that had uncovered it, Mr. Fitzgerald said, calling the moment "a low-water mark for public service."


Hee hee. Fitz worked eight years on this and, shall we repeat, the jury found Ryan guilty on all counts. A nice rich guilty Republican governor facing 20 years in prison.

Rich Republican = prison time, even if Time and the AP try to hide the Republican-ness of these crimes against ordinary people and their safety. It's perfectly Republican and perfectly awful.

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