Friday, April 06, 2007

Where I say something nice about local affiliate news

And in case you didn't know, I hate local affiliate news with the burning hatred of a thousand suns.

Via Josh Marshall, apparently the U.S. attorney story escaped from the gravity well of the Beltway, and has seeped into local affilaite news in a way guaranteed to give Karl Rove heartburn. Essentially, beyond the headline reading that local newscasters do when reporting stories coming out of Washington, a local affiliate in Minneapolis did some original reporting (I'm just as shocked as you are folks) and broke a story about Senior attorneys in the Minneapolis office resigning in a group because, and get this:
Four of her top staff voluntarily demoted themselves Thursday, fed up with Paulose, who, after just months on the job, has earned a reputation for quoting Bible verses and dressing down underlings.
(Emphasis mine)

Paulose is a 34 year old Federalist society lawyer given one of the most important prosecutor jobs in the country, and it looks like she was completely unqualified for the position. What separates this story from the rest of the revelations screaming out of the front pages of the major papers, is that its breaking on a local affiliate. The news that most people actually watch, and in a state where a critical Senate race is coming up. This is the demographic that doesn't read papers or watch political junkies shows. If this story is getting in depth coverage on a local broadcast, Karl Rove is not going to be happy. This story is really starting to get loose on the White House. If Alberto the Gold doesn't come up big before the Senate, this might escalate beyond his resignation.

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