Clarence Page: "But I checked it out and, guess what? Dean was right."
Hopefully this will help to display the smear that the fascist right is trying to launch. It is all about the personal donations, which are called bribes. Dean is the fucking man...
WASHINGTON Post-scandal cleanup
The stink of scandal in Washington is so fierce that charities are reaping a surprise financial windfall
It is not healthy to blow your favorite evening beverage through your nostrils. But that's how surprised I was to hear Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean deny that any Democrats had taken money from Jack Abramoff, a formerly well-connected Republican who has pleaded guilty to federal charges tied to his lobbying operations. Right-wing bloggers and others pounced on Dean and flailed away, since a number of Democratic senators and representatives had already handed over their Abramoff-associated money to charity. How, then, could Dean say otherwise?
But I checked it out and, guess what? Dean was right. Although Democrats and Republicans did, in fact, receive money from Abramoff's clients, only Republicans received personal donations from Abramoff.
Yet some journalists, particularly in the shorthand of TV news, have given a different impression. Trying excruciatingly hard to sound fair and balanced, they have framed Abramoff's donations as bipartisan.
One example is in the question veteran CNN newsman Wolf Blitzer addressed to Dean: "Should Democrats who took money from Jack Abramoff ... give that money to charity or give it back?"