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Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Puff Piece on Jenna Bush Not Puffy Enough for Blumer
Topic: NewsBusters

In an April 16 NewsBusters post, Tom Blumer expresses his outrage that "what is supposed to be a puff piece" about Jenna Bush on the MSNBC website mentions that "she was twice charged with misdemeanors for alcohol-related offenses":

Not only did the classless [author Mike] Celizic decide to bring forth news of minor misdemeanors that is almost seven years old (note how he omitted 2001, the year of the offenses, when Ms. Bush was 19), he brought up nothing else about her time at UT.

So, for the record, Mike, here is what Wikipedia has that you didn't have the decency to include:

She attended the University of Texas at Austin where she was a legacy member of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority (her mother, First Lady Laura Bush, is also a Theta).

..... Jenna graduated from UT with a degree in English in 2004.

[...]

Apparently, in Mike Celizic's world, telling readers about the noble things a daughter of George Bush has done is less important than citing the minor blemishes in her distant past -- even in a puff piece.

Shame on you, sir.

Only at NewsBusters, it seems, would being a legacy member of a college sorority be considered "noble."

You may recall that the ConWeb was way too eager to blame anyone but Jenna Bush herself for said alcohol-related offenses. 


Posted by Terry K. at 9:16 AM EDT

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