Rangel takes on the New York Times

Ed Lasky
Someone has to do it... I guess Democrats don't like the paper scrutinizing their actions. Actually, I am with the Times on this one.

John Breshahan of Politico reports:
He may fear "death by a thousand cuts" - a stream of damning newspaper stories, private grumblings from Democratic colleagues, a pending ethics investigation - but insiders say House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Charles B. Rangel has no intention of giving up his powerful post.

To the contrary, the New York Democrat is launching a concerted counterattack against The New York Times, which reported last week that Rangel helped retain a multimillion-dollar tax loophole for an oil drilling company at the same time that the company's CEO was pledging $1 million to the Charles B. Rangel Center for Public Service at City College of New York.

The widening Rangel scandals are sucking in Speaker Pelosi. This attack on the Times represents an effort to contain the scandal. With Democrats firmly in power, there's a lot of news to be made invetsigating their abuses, and attacking the powerless GOP just doesn't sell as many papers as before.

Read the whole thing.
Someone has to do it... I guess Democrats don't like the paper scrutinizing their actions. Actually, I am with the Times on this one.

John Breshahan of Politico reports:
He may fear "death by a thousand cuts" - a stream of damning newspaper stories, private grumblings from Democratic colleagues, a pending ethics investigation - but insiders say House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Charles B. Rangel has no intention of giving up his powerful post.

To the contrary, the New York Democrat is launching a concerted counterattack against The New York Times, which reported last week that Rangel helped retain a multimillion-dollar tax loophole for an oil drilling company at the same time that the company's CEO was pledging $1 million to the Charles B. Rangel Center for Public Service at City College of New York.

The widening Rangel scandals are sucking in Speaker Pelosi. This attack on the Times represents an effort to contain the scandal. With Democrats firmly in power, there's a lot of news to be made invetsigating their abuses, and attacking the powerless GOP just doesn't sell as many papers as before.

Read the whole thing.