If you rounded up all the people who have done more than desultory reporting on the Fast and Furious scandal, you could get them all in the banquet room of the average Old Country Buffet and still have plenty of space left over. I was fortunate enough to have one of those few, journalist for the Big Journalism site Mary Chastain, on Episode 145. We talked about the newest developments in the ongoing story — the word “contempt” came up a time or two — and kicked around a couple ideas we had for why this hasn’t been reported as widely or loudly as, say, Iran-Contra.
In the second half, I talked about the White House Correspondents’ Dinner and why I believe this year ought to be the last year it is held. We desperately need independent journalists and I’m not quite sure how that happens when, once a year, they gather among the celebrities and politicians on whom they are support to report and perform like a bunch of 12 year-old girls backstage at a Justin Bieber concert. I wasn’t explicitly political — this happens during Republican administrations as well as Democratic — but there are some obvious political considerations. How, exactly, do you “afflict the comfortable” when you are yourself one of the comfortable?The Delivery - Episode 145