Brent Bozell

How many Democrats suggested that Attorney General Janet Reno should resign after she took responsibility for the fiery deaths of cult members in the fiasco at Waco months after the incident? They didn't need to, as long as the national media were doing their bidding and hailing her as a hero. Time put her on the cover with the words, "Reno: The Real Thing," like she was as appealing as Coca-Cola, noting she was "cheered on both sides of the aisle in Congress." They dismissed her Republican predecessors in the office as "25 watt" dim bulbs by comparison. CNN called her a "rock star celebrity."

Journalists also cheered Reno when she lied to the family members of Elian Gonzales in order to conduct a surprise raid on their Florida home in the middle of the night to send the 6-year-old boy back to Fidel Castro. Tom Friedman of The New York Times raved on PBS about how she would be the toast of lawless towns: "What people in Bogota, Colombia, would give for five minutes of Janet Reno!"

Nine summers ago, Reno adamantly refused to name a special prosecutor in the Asian-foreign-contributions scandal, despite it being urged by her own appointed investigator, Charles LaBella -- a recommendation endorsed by FBI Director Louis Freeh. Neither Schumer nor the Schumer-sympathetic media found any reason to ask her to resign.

Chuck Schumer and Co. aren't really sticklers for honest testimony, but they are partisans seeking to win more Senate seats and the White House by any means necessary. They pose now as the avatars of accountability, after spending the Clinton years raging against prosecutors and congressional oversight probes. Sadly, you would never know that if you relied on TV news as the only source of your political information. They're doing the very same poses.

Brent Bozell

Founder and President of the Media Research Center, Brent Bozell runs the largest media watchdog organization in America.
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