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Washington Post Death Spiral Watch (David Broder Edition)

Glenn Greenwald reminds us of the contrast between David Broder and David Broder:

David Broder, June 2008, on George W. Bush: You'll have to forgive me, but I am reluctant to see every big policy dispute [like Bush's lies about Iraq] turned into a criminal or impeachable affair. There needs to be accountability but there also needs to be proportionality. This country is engaged in two wars.... To stop everything and attempt to impeach and remove a president who has less than a year to serve would not strike me as the best use of our energy...

David Broder, September 2006, on William J. Clinton: My view... was that when President Clinton admitted he had lied [about Monica Lewinsky] to his Cabinet and his closest associates, to say nothing of the public, that the honorable thing was for him to have resigned... What bothered me greatly about his actions was... what he told the Cabinet, his White House staff... [a]nd he told the same lie to the American people. When a president loses his credibility, he loses an important tool for governing -- and that is why I thought he should step down...

In David Broder's world, it's OK if you are a Republican.

Glenn Greenwald comments:

No matter how many times one sees it, it will never cease to amaze that the exact same media mavens who righteously strutted around demanding that Bill Clinton be impeached or forced to resign because the "honor" of our political system demanded that continue casually to dismiss every crime of the last seven years as nothing more than a garden-variety, good faith "policy dispute" which only shrill rabble want to see "turned into a criminal or impeachable affair."... [T]he Senate issues a report documenting that the President and Vice President repeatedly made false statements to induce the citizenry to support a war against another country that has left hundreds of thousands of people dead for no reason -- added on to the piles of outright lawbreaking under this administration -- and to David Broder, those are just mere "policy disputes" which (unlike Bill Clinton's grave crimes) merit no punishment.

Four years, at most, for the Washington Post. Four years.

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