Looking for Harry Reid
David Broder is criticized by 50 Democrat senators and congressmen for taking Harry Reid to task on Iraq.
David Broder said he wouldn't change anything in his April 26 column, which angered many readers and caused 50 members of the Senate Democratic Caucus to write a letter criticizing Broder in Friday's Washington Post.
In that Thursday piece, Broder criticized Harry Reid for saying the Iraq War is lost militarily, compared Reid to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, and concluded: "The Democrats deserve better, and the country needs more, than Harry Reid has offered as Senate majority leader."
Broder is no cheerleader for Iraq. That didn't save him from being raked over the coals for criticizing Harry Reid. Broder won't retract but the signal he got won't be lost on other journalists. Stay in line or you will be treated just like Wolfowitz and Alberto Gonzales.
Maybe it isn't pretty, but that's the way media and politics interact. The rough and tumble of public life. The adversarial quest for the truth. What did another Harry say to another journalist?
Don't be so gloomy. After all it's not that awful. Like the fella says, in Italy for 30 years under the Borgias they had warfare, terror, murder, and bloodshed, but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, and the Renaissance. In Switzerland they had brotherly love - they had 500 years of democracy and peace, and what did that produce? The cuckoo clock.
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