Weekend Watchdog Wrap-Up

Bill Scher

The Sunday shows break their three-week losing streak, and actually ask a Watchdog question.

On ABC’s This Week, George Stephanopoulos asked Sen. John Ensign if the GOP had a double standard by pressuring Sen. Larry Craig to resign but rallying around Sen. David Vitter:

…Vitter openly admits he broke the law and solicited prostitutes. Others serving in Congress have at the moment have pleaded guilty to misdemeanors of more import than disorderly conduct without being forced to resign. If morality and credibility are at issue, why isn’t Vitter being held to that standard? What’s the answer?

Ensign held on to the slim reed that Craig entered a guilty plea and Vitter had not. Talking Points Memo’s Steven Benen notes that Vitter “would have been subject to criminal charges, but the statute of limitations ran out” and “the whole argument seems premised on strained legalisms.”

In contrast, CBS’ Face The Nation was horrible in its treatment of Iraq.

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