The Co-Knucklehead of the Day award Part Two
Our second winners today are Associated Press and their reporter Pete Yost. In an article written yesterday they reported.
In a five-year span ending in early 2004, Indian tribes represented by the lobbyist rolled millions of dollars in casino income into congressional campaigns, frequently by routing the money through political action committees for conservative members of Congress who opposed gambling.
Also part of the Abramoff treatment were trips, skybox fundraisers, golf fees, frequent meals, entertainment, and jobs for lawmakers' relatives and aides.
On Wednesday, a lawyer close to the Abramoff plea negotiations said, "The desire is that a deal be done before the year is out. It ain't done yet." The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the discussions were at a sensitive stage.
This week, President Bush said it seemed to him that Abramoff "was an equal money dispenser, that he was giving money to people in both political parties."
Historically, tribal money had been going to Democrats almost exclusively. Abramoff changed that.
The lobbyist ordered one tribal client to make hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign donations. A list, obtained by The Associated Press, earmarked $90,000 of the money for the Republican Party, none for Democrats.
Of the hundreds of thousands of dollars that Abramoff directed the tribe to donate to congressional campaigns, the Republican-Democrat breakdown was 11-to-1.
The problem with the reporting is the facts. Mr. Abramoffs contributions Republican to Democrat is 2-1 or even slightly less. Read this.
Shoddy journalism or political bias, which is it? AP and its reporters have been known for their stupid or biased reporting in the past. Click here and here. The cause don't really matter. For not getting the facts straight in their reporting, Associated Press and Pete Yost are two of today's Co-Knuckleheads of the day.
Hat tip- Michelle Malkin
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