Monday, June 06, 2005

Tom DeLay is a crook
An annoymous Dean bashing piece in Salon begins with the following:
Democrats Joseph Biden and John Edwards are criticizing party chairman Howard Dean, saying his rhetorical attacks on Republicans have gone too far.

Dean has said Republicans never made an honest living in their lives and House Majority Leader Tom DeLay ought to go back to Houston where he can serve his jail sentence. DeLay has not been accused of any crime.

What kind of idiot is this unknown Salon writer? I've accused DeLay of being a crook. Molly Ivins has accused him. Half the newspapers in Texas have accused him. Hundreds of lefty bloggers have accused him.

DeLay has not been charged with any crime. Yet. There are a big differences between "accused," "charged," and "convicted." If the unknown Salon writer beileves that Dean is suggesting that DeLay has been convicted of a crime, they should say so. But, if the want to criticize Dean for not being technically accurate in his accusations toward DeLay, then should meet that same standard of accuracy in their accusations toward Dean.

Meanwhile, if Howard and I want to call DeLay an alleged felon with bad hair, we are perfectly accurate in that claim, even if we're the only ones doing the alleging.

Thanks to Mustang Bobby for pointing out Salon's silliness.

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