Wednesday, April 14, 2004
More Gorelick: Conflicted 9/11 commission member Jamie Gorelick is being called on to resign by GOP Rep. James Sensenbrenner.
Commissioner Gorelick is in the unfair position of trying to address the key issue before the Commission when her own actions are central to the events at issue. The public cannot help but ask legitimate questions about her motives.
While it is regrettable that this conflict had not come to light sooner, this Commission's work and forthcoming recommendations are too important to be questioned in this way, and may be devalued by Ms. Gorelick's continued participation as a Commissioner. Given Ms. Gorelick's work as the Deputy Attorney General under Janet Reno, Ms. Gorelick can be quite valuable to the Commission's work preparing 'a full and complete account of the circumstances surrounding the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.' However, that contribution should come as a witness before the Commission - not as a member.
There used to be some truth to the idea that, when it came to scandal, the media was a nonpartisan, equal-opportunity watchdog.
However, when it comes to Gorelick's blatant conflict of interest, that seems no longer to be true. The conservative Media Research Center noted that ABC, CBS and CNN's evening newscasts all failed to mention the Gorelick memo. NBC mentioned the memo only to illustrate the "blame game."
Even more amazing was today's "Good Morning America" during which Gorelick was prompted to attack Attorney General John Ashcroft's handling of pre-9/11 counterterrorism, but nary a mention was made of Gorelick's conflict of interest.
And they wonder why Fox News' viewership is skyrocketing -- Fox did a story on the memo.