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Saturday, October 22, 2005
The Ronnie Earle Exception
Apparently, it's policy not to tell the full truth about Ronnie Earle, the prosecutor who has gone after Tom DeLay.

Even though CNS' mission statement claims that it will "fairly present all legitimate sides of a story," its reporters have frequently allowed Republican attacks against Earle as a partisan prosecutor to stand unchallenged, without reporting that Earle has a record of Oct. 20 column by editor in chief David Thibault is any indication. Thibault describes DeLay's take on Earle as fact:

As DeLay described in a post-arraignment news conference, the Democrats were unable to beat him at the ballot box or in the House of Representatives, so they turned to Texas prosecutor Ronnie Earle to find a grand jury gullible enough (that took quite a while, didn't it?) to indict DeLay on charges that have as much chance of producing a conviction as national Democrats have of moderating their loony agenda.

Never mind, of course, that Thibault has no basis to make such a statement regarding Earle's charges since the evidence to support them has not been publicly released.

This does explain CNS' pro-DeLay slant, which surfaced yet again in a companion Oct. 20 article by Susan Jones on a motion to remove judgge Bob Perkins from presiding over DeLay's proceedings. Jones wrote that DeLay attorney Dick DeGuerin "objected to Perkins' support for - a group that is circulating a "Fire Tom DeLay" petition and - according to DeGuerin -- also is selling T-shirts with DeLay's mug shot on them" but failed to correct DeGuerin by noting that MoveOn denies selling such T-shirts. And of course, Jones faithfully regurgitates DeGuerin's and DeLay's partisan attacks on Earle without noting the truth.

Perhaps CNS needs to amend its mission statement to add that it will "fairly present all legitimate sides of a story -- except the one that makes Democrats look good."

Posted by Terry K. at 11:45 AM EDT

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