Saturday, May 27, 2006

White House Press Corps, Upon Hearing Of Lay's Guilt, Remains Quiet

Ken Lay was not mentioned during Thursday's White House press gaggle with Tony Snow -- which began after Lay, the disgraced former head of energy conglomerate Enron, had been found guilty of fraud and conspiracy.

While no one wants the press to suggest guilt by association, it's obvious that "Kenny Boy" had longstanding ties to President Bush, more than enough reason for the verdict to have come up during the press Q&A.

Lay was a long-time fund-raiser for the president, dating back to his runs for Governor of Texas. Enron made its jet available to the Bush campaign in 2000, and contributed to 2001 inaugural festivities. And of course, Lay was part of Vice President Dick Cheney's energy task force.

A report from the Special Investigations Division of the House Committee on Government Reform found 112 contacts between the Bush Administration and Enron in 2001, including 40 with senior administration officials, prior to Enron's collapse.

But the White House press corps kept quiet, even with breaking news to follow up on and (one would assume) a knowledge of the lengthy ties between Lay and Bush.

It's just another example of how empty the phrase "liberal media bias" is.


Blogger thewaronterrible said...

The media was interested in Bush Enron connections when the indictments were handed down, now that we have the convictions, why all the silence?
Chalk the following among things the Right will never talk about:

Enron, a criminal enterprise ran by criminals, played an influential role in drafting the Bush Administration's U.S. energy policy, released in May 2001, which contained several provisions favorable to Enron.
Several Enron executives were part of the Energy Task Force drafting the policy, and, to no surprise after the Enron indictments surfaced Cheney has refused to release minutes of the meetings to the public.
Cheney and Bush also refused to give in to demands for price caps in response the electric crisis in California, which effectively allowed Enron traders to continue their activities of falsly inflating prices unabated and driving the state's taxpayer funded utility industry into bankruptcy.
Of course, Bush's own exploits in the oil industry nearly drove three companies into bankruptcy and a criminal insider trading investigation from the SEC.
The Right never talks about that either.

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