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Facts. Please.

No one can fire a federal employee except a supervisor of her/him. The lady was hastily "removed," and just as hastily re-hired, and even more hastily deified. She is more famous, more powerful, more widely known and very likely wealthier than she was a month ago. No one thinks badly of her: naming her politics is not an insult, just as calling anyone anywhere a "socialist" is not an insult.

There was much sloppiness here, and plenty of blame to assign. Even the very organization to whom she spoke condemned her. How is that for stupidity?

Your focus on one media organization is perhaps the major reason why a responsible left in the US remains a fiction.

A. Boros-Kazai, PhD

Beloit, WI

Jul 27 2010 - 5:13pm

RE: The Shame of the Fourth Estate

It is no longer surprising that barely eight months into Obama's presidency Charles Pierce wondered aloud if, in fact, he wasn't a political coward. That certainly doesn't seem a matter of conjecture any more. With the able assistance of Rahm, he can't seem to make a right move. This was not the guy I voted for, the man with the Roosevelt mandate. He had the country in the palm of his hand and all he could offer was "bipartisanship." He's a real "centrist," all right, he doesn't know which direction he should go.

Marc Schenker

Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Jul 27 2010 - 4:23pm