CREW’s Top Ten Scandals of 2010

The government ethics watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington has announced its list of the top ten ethics scandals of 2010. You can read about them here.

For the most part I like the list, though notable for its absence is the Charley Rangel matter,  the ommission of which reinforces my conviction that CREW is marred by a pro-Democratic bias.  Strangely, the list also fails to include the unfortunate incident where CREW’s former executive director, Melanie Sloan, jumped ship to take a lucrative job with a lobbying firm whose clients CREW had been vigorously supporting for months.

Go figure.

5 thoughts on “CREW’s Top Ten Scandals of 2010

  1. Perhaps this comes to mind quickly because it’s recent, but I’d nominate Hunter Smith’s stance and statements. Everyone I’ve told the story to has been impressed. Some have even been astonished.

    And it’s easy for anyone, from grade school on up, to understand. Here’s what you SHOULD do, and here is an example of someone actually DOING it.

  2. More than a touch of bias, anyway. My personal favorite is the entry on James O’Keefe. I have no brief to offer for what he did in Ms. Landrieu’s office; what he did was wrong, wrong, wrong, and he can count himself lucky to have gotten off as lightly as he did. Still, CREW then notes his previous exploits in exposing ACORN by saying that he made videos “appearing to show” ACORN employees offering advice on tax evasion and how to conduct prostitution. “Appearing.” Yeah. And in those 1963 television images Jack Ruby “appears” to be shooting Lee Harvey Oswald. Sure, it looks like Ruby was shooting Oswald. But was he? Really?

    • Yeah, that annoyed me too. The fact that the videos were so heavily edited and added O’Keefe in a pimp outfit that was not what he actually wore did invite such skepticism, but the ACORN employees did offer illegal and unethical advice, and ACORN itself was an atrociously managed, arrogant and untrustworthy operation that deserved to be exposed and brought down. Defending ACORN is a pretty definitive litmus test for liberal bias, kind of like defending Tom DeLay is a litmus test for conservative bias.

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