Thursday, June 01, 2006

Bombshell or Expected?

The report in The Tennessean on the opening day of the trial of former state legislator Roscoe Dixon begins thusly: "Even before Operation Tennessee Waltz, state legislators were trading their influence for cash, prosecutors say."

"Even before?" Really? Wow, you don't say.

The headline even calls this "a bombshell," but I can't imagine why. The testimony may have been dramatic, but no one should have imagined that the subjects of this sting had never involved themselves in this type of activity before. Did anyone really think that the FBI launched a bribery sting geared toward legislators who had never been suspected of taking bribes?

Evidently a reporter at The Tennessean thought so.

That's the sort of writing that gives currency to this.


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