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Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Will journalists let Chris Dodd off the hook?

That's the question the Washington Examiner is asking after Sen. Dodd invited only a few Connecticut reports to his Hartford, Conn., office to briefly view, but not copy, documents he promised to disclosure concerning his loan deal with Countrywide Mortgage.

There are two kinds of journalists in the world - those who have been been given the idiot's treatment by public officials on a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for public documents, and those who will be.

Believe me, I know because I didn't get inducted into the Freedom of Information Act Hall of Fame for nothing (no, really, I am not making that up. Go here if you think only liberals get such honors.).

Now Senate Banking Committee Chairman Sen, Chris Dodd, D-CN, has pulled what has to be an all-time classic evasion stunt against journalists covering Congress and the economic crisis concerning his promise six months ago to make public all of the documents about his sweetheart loan deal with Countrywide Mortgage.

More here.

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