June 8, 2007

Say "No" to Dick Armey Blogging at Time.com

I'm having trouble with my gag reflex today.

Gag #1, I was visiting Time.com bloggers to remind Ana Marie Cox, Washington Editor of Time.com, to continue honoring Molly Ivins by maintaining a high level of integrity in her work. A footnote from Libby trial Judge Reggie Walton, included in Ana Marie Cox's recent blog, made me gag. It referred to attorneys like Alan Dershowitz and Robert Bork as "distinguished" "luminaries." They were arguing that "the Libby verdict could possibly be overturned on appeal because of the "close question" about the constitutionality of the special prosecutor." These men are political operators who exploit and abouse the justice system. Hopefully Walton is just playing nice, and mumbling the same words as I am under his breath.


On June 14 Judge Reggie Walton held a hearing on whether or not Scooter Libby should remain free on bond pending the outcome of his appeal. The Next Hurrah excerpted Walton's response to the brief [2]:

Walton: With all due respect, these are intelligent people, but I would not accept this brief from a first year law student. I believe this was put out to put pressure on this court in the public sphere to rule as you wish. [Reggie pissed]

Robbins: These 12 schoars believe this is a close question.

Walton: If I had gotten something more of substance from them, maybe.

Gag #2, I noticed a photo of Dick Armey looking back at me from the upper right of Time.com's list of bloggers. I was forced to write the the following letter to Time, and urge you to write Time as well mailto:letters@time.com.

Dear Time:

I hope you're not actually paying Dick Armey to blog for Time.com.

Why would you want to give a cloak of legitimacy to one of the Masters of Mean?

In addition to the "Barney Fag" incident, here's another example of the integrity of the man that Time Magazine is now employing (from the piece linked above):

For years, Armey told the story of Charlie, a janitor at North Texas State when Armey taught there. According to Armey, Charlie was a retarded man who loved his job; then in 1977, the federal government raised the minimum wage, and Charlie was fired because the university couldn't afford to keep him on anymore. A month later, Armey saw Charlie in a grocery store with his wife and infant child, buying provisions with food stamps. "My heart's been broken about it ever since," Armey often lamented.

Unfortunately, no one else who worked at the university at the time had any memory of Charlie. What's more, the chancellor explained, janitors at North Texas are state employees, so the federal minimum wage would not have applied to any "Charlie." [1]

Contact Time:



1. Mother Jones The Masters of Mean, Commentary by Molly Ivins, March/June 2002.

2. Department of Justice, Office of the Special Counsel Documents.

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