The End of Checklist Liberalism
FIRST DRAFT: SYLLABUS: Economics 101b Fall 2006

Hoisted from Comments: RT Watches Tom Ricks Take a Dive on NPR

An observation on Tom Ricks:

Brad DeLong's Semi-Daily Journal: Why Oh Why Can't We Have a Better Press Corps? (Michael Abramowitz of the Washington Post Edition): Ricks was on NPR yesterday afternoon, on Bob Edwards' Sunday afternoon show. He discussed Congress' failures, the media's failures, etc. during the run-up to war and during the early stages of the war.

When he discussed Congress' failures, he pretty much did a 'both sides are to blame' number, pointing out Congress' unwillingness to hold hearings, the Dems' lack of interest in asking hard questions for fear of seeming unpatriotic, and the GOP's unwillingness to go up against the White House.

Driving down I-95, I kept on yelling at the radio, "the REPUBLICAN CONGRESS' failure to hold hearings!!!"

Damned hard for the Dems to ask good questions if there isn't a hearing to ask them at.

But Ricks just did the usual media thing of apportioning blame evenly between the parties, despite the reality that only one of those parties was in a position to initiate oversight.

I appreciate his contribution to the historical record, but he still hasn't broken out of the boxes that have kept the media from reporting honestly.

Posted by: RT | July 31, 2006 at 12:08 PM.