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    Sounds sadly familiar from my own corporate experience. Incompetence attracts incompetence, and does not appreciate having a light shined on it.

    Not sure that this entirely explains why folks like Friendman and Russert do what they do, though. I think that there's a lot more going on here. They might not be getting directly paid under the table in Armstrong Williams fashion (honest or not, they are smarter than that). Instead, it's probably in the form of paid speaking engagements, book deals with guaranteed appearances on the big talk shows to promote them and editorial plugs, fat salaries, relatives and friends getting plum jobs, access to the highest levels in government and elsewhere, social status, prestige, bragging rights, etc. Corruption has many forms of renumeration.

    But this certainly does help explain why so many (nearly all, really) journalists have been taking it so easy on their fellow journalists despite sloppy reporting. There was a reason that almost no one laughed at Colbert's jibes at the administration and the reporters who cover it. They knew he was right, and were all covering for each other. Many a reporter must have wished they had applied extra deodorant that night.

    "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." Margaret Mead

    by kovie on Wed Jul 26, 2006 at 12:08:56 AM PDT

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