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24th December
2008
written by Sean Noble

The term “burying the lede” refers to news reports which put the most important news deep into a story, rather than the first paragraph.

The Obama team has essentially done the same thing, only through timing. They released the “independent” audit of the transition teams’ contact with Blagojevich related to Obama’s Senate seat yesterday, so it hit newspapers today, Christmas Eve. I would venture to guess that Christmas Eve is in the top three of days with lowest newspaper readership.

One of the better stories today, which very few people will read, is here in the WSJ.

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4 Comments

  1. Reed
    26/12/2008

    I cannot believe how this thing is being handled. What would happen if this was Bush…ridiculous

  2. 29/12/2008

    IF PRESIDENT BUSH HAD ATTEMPTED TO PRODUCE HIS OWN “INDEPENDENT” INVESTIGATION THE PRESS, THE OPPOSING PARTY AND CONGRESS WOULD BE ALL OVER HIM. THE HYPOCRISY IS OVERWHELMING. WHY DO WE ALLOW THE DEMOCTARS TO CONSTANTLY GET AWAY WITH THIS SORT OF BUSINESS ( AS USUAL )?

  3. Carol
    29/12/2008

    Thanks for using the word “lede” and spelling it this way with the explanation. When Greg Patterson used it I just thought he couldn’t spell but now I’m seeing a pattern.

    My Websters dictionary has “Leda: the mother of Clytemnestra” and then jumps to “lederhosen: knee length trousers worn in Bavaria” but no word “lede.”

  4. 29/12/2008

    Interesting comments. I remember not too long ago certain white house aides refusing to cooperate with an ousted CIA inquiry. The right was infuriated by the guilt by association placed on the President, now the roles are reversed.

    I am not saying that President-elect Obama should not cooperate with any pending investigation, but the outrage is unfounded.

    President Bush has a history of free passes by the media. Real accountability has been non-existent over the past several years, so why are we surprised at the current environment.

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