Thursday, March 29, 2007

So, How Much (Research) is Too Little?

In your Chicago Tribune, ombudsman public editor Timothy J. McNulty reviews the Trib's coverage of Sen. Barack Obama in a column entitled "So, how much is too much?"
From March through November 2005, four lengthy front-page articles detailed Obama's first year as U.S. senator, an unusual paean to a man who had not accomplished anything but winning an election.
"A man who had not accomplished anything but winning an election"

That would be damning -- if it were true.

Since the Tribune clearly does not provide Mr. McNulty with access to the Google, I did some research for him.

It took about eight seconds.

The Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006 (S. 2590) requires the full disclosure of all entities or organizations receiving federal funds beginning in fiscal year 2007 on a website maintained by the Office of Management and Budget. This bill was introduced by Senators Tom Coburn and Barack Obama on April 6, 2006 and passed unanimously in the Senate on September 7, 2006 and was passed in the House on September 13, 2006. The bill was signed into law by President George W. Bush on September 26, 2006.

Maybe Mr. McNulty doesn't think that this unprecedented pork-busting law is significant, but I think the freshman Senator's accomplishment merits mention.

1 comment:

Bridget said...

It sure does merit mention. What an idiot, that guy.

I hate that no one ever mentions Barack's accomplishments in the IL Senate. Perhaps I will craft a post on that. I'd say requiring insurance companies to pay for mammagrams is pretty damn significant.


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