Credibility Question: Waas v. Gonzo

Matt Yglesias spots one of the funniest pieces of journalistic hackery I've seen in a while:

The Attorney General was not told that he was a subject or target of the…investigation, nor did he believe himself to be,” the letter said, leaving Washington to choose between Waas’ credibility and that of the Bush Justice Department.

Let's see now, Murray Waas vs. Alberto Gonzales on the credibility meter . . . hmmmmm.

Hahahahahahahahahahaha. Boy, they got Waas good with that one. Hahahahahahahaha!

Time to pull out the old Spanish saying, "le salio el tiro por la culata." (The gun backfired.)

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    Murray wrote (none / 0) (#1)
    by Jeralyn on Fri May 18, 2007 at 06:48:31 PM EST
    about his experiences with the paper.

    I thought the Wash. City piece was a low blow and a pporly disguised personal vendetta.

    I am a fan of Murray's reporting.

    All true (none / 0) (#2)
    by Big Tent Democrat on Fri May 18, 2007 at 07:02:00 PM EST
    But I believe ridicule of the stupidity of the hit piece is in order.

    Old Spanish Saying (none / 0) (#3)
    by squeaky on Fri May 18, 2007 at 08:52:50 PM EST
    "le salio el tiro por la culata."
    Isn't that the same as being hoisted on your own petard? I think it is a match.

    Playing with fire........

    like jeralyn, (none / 0) (#4)
    by orionATL on Fri May 18, 2007 at 09:35:38 PM EST
    i recall an ongoing feud between the w.c. paper and waas.

    it had all the smell of vindictiveness and reporter's abuse of reportorial technique.

    the feud seemed to be clearly initiated by the w.c.p. reporters.

    when this happens, i sense money, as well as revenge, is involved.

    waas is an outstanding reporter and, lately,  has been commenting on the attorney general/doj disaster.

    hence, the attack on him,

    and hence my comment about money.

    this situation, in itself, merits, a good look by an investigative reporter other than waas.

    waas, in my opinion, is a national treasure, like seymour hirsch or david halberstam.

    what i have just typed,


    is not intended to take away at all from your post or your comment that this attack on waas is worth the  sarcastic comment you provided.

    thanks for bringing this to our attention and for creating an opportunity to comment on it.

    AlanDownunder (none / 0) (#5)
    by AlanDownunder on Sat May 19, 2007 at 01:22:27 AM EST
    I don't know what 'culata' means in Spanish but I do know what 'cul' means, pardon my French.