Guest blogged from D.C. by Margie Burns
Beneficiary of yet another political outing, the Washington Post ran an article on Thursday June 21, 2007, titled “Political Hiring in Justice Division Probed,” strongly alleging further personnel atrocities committed in the DOJ by former Civil Rights Division administrator Bradley Schlozman.
Not to throw the baby out with the bathwater --- this is not a defense of Schlozman --- but regrettably all the allegations were made by unnamed sources. So who are the unnamed administration sources, and why are they engaging in this maneuver?
Here, along the lines of the "numbers" speech by Erin Brockovich as played by Julia Roberts, is the rundown:
Number of grafs, total, in the two-page article: 29. Number of named sources: 2. (See below.) Number of items attributed to unnamed sources: at least 17. Number of unnamed sources, total: uncertain, but ranging from at least 6 to perhaps at most 16.
Graf 2: “ . . . according to four lawyers who said they heard the account from Dugan.”
Graf 3: “In another politically tinged conversation recounted by former colleagues, . . .”
Graf 4: “That account was challenged by six officials in the division who said in interviews that they either overheard him . . .”
Graf 14: “Appellate lawyers said that before Schlozman arrived, the small staff enjoyed a collegial work environment . . .”