Jonathan Alter: Obama has miraculously remained free of scandal

posted at 8:15 pm on October 30, 2011 by Tina Korbe

In a fawning opinion piece for Bloomberg, author and columnist Jonathan Alter writes glowingly of “The Obama Miracle” — the supposed lack of scandal in the White House under Obama’s purportedly upstanding leadership. Alter’s analysis approaches the absurd, but at least mercifully stops short of the worshipful psalms that could pass for parody of some Esquire opinion writers.

Alter writes, apparently without irony:

For starters, the tone is always set at the top. Obama puts a premium on personal integrity, and with a few exceptions (Tim Geithner’s tax problems in 2009) his administration tends to fire first and ask questions later. The best known example is Shirley Sherrod, the Agriculture Department official who was mistakenly fired by her boss over a miscommunication that led higher-ups to believe — wrongly — that she had made inappropriate racially tinged remarks. In several other cases, the decision to give staffers accused of wrongdoing the boot was made within hours, taking the air out of any possible uproar. …

Yes, that describes Obama’s strategy as it relates to Fast and Furious exactly: Fire first, ask questions later. That’s why he continues to stand by Eric Holder, despite demands for his resignation from prominent members of Congress: He wants to “take the air out of any possible uproar” with a quick handling of the situation.

So, how does Alter explain Holder, caught with his pants around his ankles yet still retaining a privileged position within the Obama administration? He doesn’t. In fact, the words “Fast and Furious” don’t appear in the entire article. Alter pays lip service to Solyndra, but also fails to mention LightSquared, CLASS or an early Obama DOJ disgrace — the failure to prosecute several New Black Panther Party members for voter intimidation because of what whistleblower J. Christian Adams has characterized as a racial discrimination agenda within the Justice Department.

Alter does introduce an important and valid point, however. He suggests the appearance of a problem-free administration might be partially a product of a media that rarely scrounges for scandals these days. Plenty among “the chattering classes” would rather chatter than report, Alter writes. He doesn’t offer kudos to the journalists who dug up the scandals that have surfaced because, again, Alter doesn’t mention those scandals.

Instead of marveling at the Obama miracle, maybe Alter ought to do a little reporting himself.


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Yeah, if you ignore Solyndra, LightSquared, Fast and Furious, NBP voter intimidation in Philly. Am I missing anything?

carbon_footprint on October 30, 2011 at 8:22 PM

So Obama gets to keep his iHalo?
It’s miracle.

Electrongod on October 30, 2011 at 8:22 PM

At what point does a “reporter” have their credentials completely pulled from them? I’m serious about this. At what point does a “journalist” get booted from the “profession?”

I miss the day when facts were important enough to be the brass ring for people who took pride in their profession. You know, when integrity was everything.

Good gravy… Jonathan Alter is a complete disgrace. Someone with integrity should call him on it. Loudly.

beatcanvas on October 30, 2011 at 8:23 PM

Someone with integrity should call him on it. Loudly.

beatcanvas on October 30, 2011 at 8:23 PM

Tomorrow around 12PM EST.

Electrongod on October 30, 2011 at 8:25 PM

He suggests the appearance of a problem-free administration might be partially a product of a media that rarely scrounges for scandals these days.

TRANSLATION: We cover up for him.

GarandFan on October 30, 2011 at 8:27 PM

Tomorrow around 12PM EST.

Electrongod on October 30, 2011 at 8:25 PM

12:07PM to be exact.

CurtZHP on October 30, 2011 at 8:29 PM

Good gravy… Jonathan Alter is a complete disgrace. Someone with integrity should call him on it. Loudly.

beatcanvas on October 30, 2011 at 8:23 PM

Problem there is finding a journalist with integrity.

Tim Zank on October 30, 2011 at 8:30 PM

This is the kind of crap will see for the next year…it may actually get worse!

d1carter on October 30, 2011 at 8:31 PM

12:07PM to be exact.

CurtZHP on October 30, 2011 at 8:29 PM

+99.6%

Electrongod on October 30, 2011 at 8:32 PM

He suggests the appearance of a problem-free administration might be partially a product of a media that rarely scrounges for scandals these days.

Yeah, they rarely scrounge for any Obama scandals (Man’s Country, Reggie Love, Larry Sinclair, dude from Harold & Kumar, dead Donald Young and another murdered gay guy at Trinity) but they don’t have any trouble smearing Cain.

/hat tip to dforston

mrsmwp on October 30, 2011 at 8:32 PM

Hahahahahah.

The Miami Dolphins have remarkably been a good team this year.

The Notorious G.O.P on October 30, 2011 at 8:32 PM

TRANSLATION: We cover up for him.

GarandFan on October 30, 2011 at 8:27 PM

And what they cannot cover up they ignore. Really this guy is a tool.

CW on October 30, 2011 at 8:34 PM

This is the kind of crap will see for the next year…it may actually get worse!

d1carter on October 30, 2011 at 8:31 PM

And anyone who says differently than Aternatereality is a racist.

darwin-t on October 30, 2011 at 8:35 PM

fix link pls.

bloghooligan on October 30, 2011 at 8:36 PM

The LSM coverage, or lack of it, is the scandal.

PatMac on October 30, 2011 at 8:38 PM

Since the majority of Osama Obama’s felonies have been reduced to “Obamateurism” status by some on the right, this comes perilously close to a “pot calling the kettle…” situation.

The SCoaMF has skated for all of his term as president — and a considerable time before — in part because the Right has steadfastly refused to call him on his misdeeds and demand appropriate response from Congress.

MrScribbler on October 30, 2011 at 8:39 PM

Bugs fly out of my butt regularly too.

tomas on October 30, 2011 at 8:40 PM

Alter’s poor knees, they must be killing him.

Bishop on October 30, 2011 at 8:40 PM

“Because twenty years from now, we’re going to look back on this time as a glorious idyll in American politics, with a confident, intelligent, fascinating president riding the surge of his prodigious talents from triumph to triumph.”

Meh…

… I had forgotten about that one.

Thanks, Tina…

Seven Percent Solution on October 30, 2011 at 8:40 PM

Is it possible to be so sold out that one cannot even perceive reality? What unicorns must walk the earth in this idiot’s fantasy land! The clouds must be made of cotton candy. The water turns to wine on a whim.

Warner Todd Huston on October 30, 2011 at 8:42 PM

“…And I am Marie of Roumania.”

PersonFromPorlock on October 30, 2011 at 8:45 PM

Tomorrow around 12PM EST.

Electrongod on October 30, 2011 at 8:25 PM

Yes… I love Rush, and he’s been pointing out the stenographic tendencies of the MSM for a while. Awesome.

But it seems to me that someone else – I know I’m deluding myself here – like a Jake Tapper, a Chris Wallace, a George Will… someone well-received by the rest of the profession would speak out and call bullmerde on it. Because it renders suspicious all of the work by everyone. And it makes it not a profession.

beatcanvas on October 30, 2011 at 8:46 PM

I don’t want to ruin any one’s dinner…

… but you just know that Alter and Chrissy Mathews 69 each other.

/

Seven Percent Solution on October 30, 2011 at 8:46 PM

Alter acted stupidly.

Paul-Cincy on October 30, 2011 at 8:49 PM

Seven Percent Solution on October 30, 2011 at 8:46 PM

I just had dinner but…
I will not sleep well tonite.

Where’s that bottle……

Electrongod on October 30, 2011 at 8:49 PM

Yes, that describes Obama’s strategy as it relates to Fast and Furious exactly: Fire first, ask questions later. That’s why he continues to stand by Eric Holder, despite demands for his resignation from prominent members of Congress: He wants to “take the air out of any possible uproar” with a quick handling of the situation.

nice work, Tina…..that’s almost some AP level snark.

ted c on October 30, 2011 at 8:50 PM

Am I missing anything?
carbon_footprint on October 30, 2011 at 8:22 PM

The DOI’s BS claims of a “peer-reviewed” study leading to its drilling “permitoreum,” the Inspector General Gerald Walpin firing, the Pigford scandal (may be bigger even than Fast and Furious) that Darrell Issa won’t touch.

rrpjr on October 30, 2011 at 8:52 PM

zombies rule

tomas on October 30, 2011 at 8:53 PM

Whatever that guy Alter is smoking is way better than anything I have, that’s for sure.

Altered state of reality doesn’t begin to cover it.

ajacksonian on October 30, 2011 at 8:53 PM

Let’s not forget the firing of IG Walprin for exposing corruption

phreshone on October 30, 2011 at 8:53 PM

“Altered State”…I see nothing, I hear nothing, I know nothing. Unless you have an “R” behind your name.

chickasaw42 on October 30, 2011 at 8:54 PM

Could it be that the Media, the Lame Stream Media, the Alphabet Big 3 News for free over digital rabbit ears, the cable news (except Fox) networks, the major news papers, the NY Slimes, ….. Just ain’t reporting it….

‘cept us…

Kini on October 30, 2011 at 8:55 PM

But he has one asset that hasn’t received much attention: He’s honest.

That’s the second line of Alders article. Do guys like him actually believe the nonsense they spout off about? Do they expect me to believe it? Obamas Honesty, that’s like the biggest oxymoron of all time. He has never been forthcoming and honest. From his campaign promises, to covering up his college transcripts to his drug use and religious worship. It has all been one big calculated lie. We can’t even call it spin because it is so big of a lie.

Journalists like Alder seem only to happy to help perpetuate that lie. What did Obama do to deserve such blind loyalty form so many people? Don’t guys like Alder understand that we’re all in this together? Obama is ruining the country for everyone, not just conservatives. In a 3rd world America like Obama seems to want. Guys like him are going to be brought down just like you and me. Or do journalist and educators and union bosses think they are going to be somehow spared. You’re not part of the big picture. You too will be cast aside just as soon as your usefulness is over.

Less is known about about the Leader of the Free World than Justin Beeber. If journalists like him had done their job right out of the gate. Maybe none of what is happening to the country and the world. Would have ever happened. Alder is not a journalist, so much as an unindicted co-conspirator.

Tommy_G on October 30, 2011 at 8:55 PM

Alter’s analysis approaches the absurd,

Approaches? I think it left absurd in the last county.

InkyBinkyBarleyBoo on October 30, 2011 at 8:56 PM

Has anyone seen this Alter fellow and Baghdad Bob at the same time? How about Alter and Joesph Goebbels at the same time?

InkyBinkyBarleyBoo on October 30, 2011 at 9:00 PM

Yeah, if you ignore Solyndra, LightSquared, Fast and Furious, NBP voter intimidation in Philly. Am I missing anything?

carbon_footprint on October 30, 2011 at 8:22 PM

Past involvement with ACORN and standing by them when that scandal broke. How about refusing to enforce the law vis a vis illegals, that kind of selective enforcement would have sparked howls of rage from the press and the left if Bush had decided to do some analogous executive order regarding laws regulating the financial industry. Oh, his involvement with Tony Rezko and the sweetheart deal he got on his home in Chicago (not during his administration, but for a Republican, this would be an administration-class scandal)

I’m sure there are others besides the Walprin firing and others cited above. That’s the problem, this past 3 years has been one thing after another, malfeasance, corruption, governing against the will of the people, that it all becomes one muddled, swirled, stinky mess.

AZfederalist on October 30, 2011 at 9:04 PM

Approaches? I think it left absurd in the last county.

InkyBinkyBarleyBoo on October 30, 2011 at 8:56 PM

He left absurd 3 gas stops ago.

darwin-t on October 30, 2011 at 9:05 PM

beatcanvas on October 30, 2011 at 8:46 PM

Yes.

pannw on October 30, 2011 at 9:07 PM

Guys like him are going to be brought down just like you and me. Or do journalist and educators and union bosses think they are going to be somehow spared. You’re not part of the big picture. You too will be cast aside just as soon as your usefulness is over.

Tommy_G on October 30, 2011 at 8:55 PM

I used to believe that too…but, no, they won’t. They and their families will continue to be the elite, the nomenklatura. In third world countries the elites live in sheltered areas surrounded by slums. think Hyde Park.

r keller on October 30, 2011 at 9:07 PM

Altered state of reality doesn’t begin to cover it.

ajacksonian on October 30, 2011 at 8:53 PM

A bit better is Alter(ed). Maybe a new TV show along the lines of Pimp My Ride. We could call it Alter My Reality. Every week they take something everybody knows is true and give it the Alter(ed) reality treatment.

platypus on October 30, 2011 at 9:10 PM

Seven Percent Solution on October 30, 2011 at 8:46 PM

Ugh… thanks for that image. =P

ZK on October 30, 2011 at 9:10 PM

You too will be cast aside just as soon as your usefulness is over.

Tommy_G on October 30, 2011 at 8:55 PM

Now that’s just crazy talk…

… Oh, wait!

Seven Percent Solution on October 30, 2011 at 9:11 PM

The only thing miraculous is the amount of abject stupidity in people like Alter who just keep shoveling the sh!t our way and thinking at some point it’s going to stick.

katy on October 30, 2011 at 9:13 PM

“Because twenty years from now, we’re going to look back on this time as a glorious idyll in American politics, with a confident, intelligent, fascinating president riding the surge of his prodigious talents from triumph to triumph.”

But he has one asset that hasn’t received much attention: He’s honest.

And I am the Tsar of all the Russians.

-Ensign Pavel A. Chekov, USS Enterprise, UFP Star Fleet

Some statements are so bizarre that only fantasy provides a reasonable response.

Alter is clearly so deep into The One’s alternate reality that he is very likely filing his reports via a transwarp tunnel.

/Yes, I just got done watching J. J. Abrams’ Star Trek reboot. Not bad.

clear ether

eon

eon on October 30, 2011 at 9:13 PM

I think you could start with the Obama campaign’s disabling of all the credit card checks against foreign campaign contributions, and contributions beyond the legal limit. (By the way, has anybody checked the Obama 2012 donation web site for the same thing?)

Socratease on October 30, 2011 at 9:15 PM

O.T. Another Green Energy company has declared bankruptcy. Beacon Power which received a $43 million loan guarantee from the Department of Energy declared bankruptcy on Sunday. Documents filed in Delaware showed assets of $72 million and debt of $47 million. They used the loan to build a 20 megawatt Flywheel Energy Storage system. 20mw that’s almost enough energy to light the houses of Chesterton, Indiana (pop. 12,000) for most of a day. And at a startup cost of only $2.15 million a megawatt it would have been cheaper to just burn a pile of cash.

Tommy_G on October 30, 2011 at 9:16 PM

Jonathan Alter has miraculously remained free of clue.

Kenosha Kid on October 30, 2011 at 9:18 PM

But he has one asset that hasn’t received much attention: He’s honest.

Seriously, SERIOUSLY?

Why don’t you just become part of the campaign and make it official? Heck you might even get some of that 1 billion $ out of it.

WitchDoctor on October 30, 2011 at 9:19 PM

If a scandal goes under-reported, does this mean it didn’t happen?

SouthernGent on October 30, 2011 at 9:20 PM

But he has one asset that hasn’t received much attention: He’s honest.

It really doesn’t get any richer than this. It just doesn’t. Lenin would be proud.

rrpjr on October 30, 2011 at 9:24 PM

What a joke. Does this guy wash Obama’s onions for him every day too?

Hummer53 on October 30, 2011 at 9:29 PM

I think you could start with the Obama campaign’s disabling of all the credit card checks against foreign campaign contributions, and contributions beyond the legal limit. (By the way, has anybody checked the Obama 2012 donation web site for the same thing?)

Socratease on October 30, 2011 at 9:15 PM

Good point and good question…

… by the way, what about all of the stock holders and elderly pensioners that were screwed in the car company take over, and the selective Republican dealerships that were forced out of business?

Seven Percent Solution on October 30, 2011 at 9:31 PM

Socialist party hacks like Alter think that Zero screwing up the country, centralizing control via junk justice, Big Sis’ Incompetano and O-Commie-Care isn’t scandalous. Where government robbing the people blind whilst subverting them into impoverished dependency isn’t scandalous.

The Jonathan Alters of today have become modern day ghosts of Walter Duranty who pimped Stalin as the lovable, benevolent Uncle Joe.

viking01 on October 30, 2011 at 9:31 PM

Old and Busted: Obama Scandal.

New Hotness: Herman Cain Sex Scandal.

SlaveDog on October 30, 2011 at 9:32 PM

Was this published in The Onion first?

duncantwn on October 30, 2011 at 9:33 PM

Seven Percent Solution on October 30, 2011 at 8:46 PM

Ugh… thanks for that image. =P

ZK on October 30, 2011 at 9:10 PM

Yeah 7%, I was hoping to go to sleep shortly.

listens2glenn on October 30, 2011 at 9:34 PM

Alter’s great-grandfather: “Warren G. Harding has miraculously remained free of scandal. Eureka!”

Good Solid B-Plus on October 30, 2011 at 9:36 PM

Satire.

And if there was ever a softball article thrown to our resident trolls to give them material to try to defend their guy, this was it.

I know you guys don’t like to spar with them but Holy Smokes, I didn’t expect them to just give up.

It really must be bad.

hawkdriver on October 30, 2011 at 9:42 PM

Jonathan’s great-great-grandfather: : “General George McClellan has shown great courage in battle.”

carbon_footprint on October 30, 2011 at 9:43 PM

carbon_footprint on October 30, 2011 at 9:43 PM

Said great-great-grandfather’s brother, a little bit later:

“The play, ‘Our American Cousin,’ went off without a hitch, and was admirably performed.”

Good Solid B-Plus on October 30, 2011 at 9:46 PM

Old and Busted: Obama Scandal.

New Hotness: Herman Cain Sex Scandal.

SlaveDog on October 30, 2011 at 9:32 PM

Cain fires back at Politico.

SlaveDog on October 30, 2011 at 9:48 PM

*vomit inducing*

cmsinaz on October 30, 2011 at 9:52 PM

Jonathan’s great-great-grandfather: : “General George McClellan has shown great courage in battle.”

carbon_footprint on October 30, 2011 at 9:43 PM

Well, he did design a great saddle.

katy the mean old lady on October 30, 2011 at 9:53 PM

Hans Gruber: “You asked for a miracle, I give you the D O J.”

shuzilla on October 30, 2011 at 9:58 PM

Alter worships at the shrine of the three monkeys.

While the MSM sticks its fingers in its own ears and goes: La-la-la-la-la!

profitsbeard on October 30, 2011 at 10:01 PM

..but while Alter’s tongue-bath (thank you, Ed) does boggle the mind and leave us stupefied, the scathing comments here are to be expected.

If you want a real eye-opener, head over to the original Bloomberg article and take a gander at the white-hot jet exhaust of responses Mr Head-where-the-sun-doesn’t-shine receives in his native habitat. In more than 1,500 comments, I could not find one even remotely supportive of this delusional thesis.

And this is typical of almost all articles these days on The Light-Bringer’s reign of error. I firmly believe that the scat-storm that will descend upon this POTUS will make the Carter, Mondale, and Dukakis presidential races look like the sixth game of this year’s World Serious.

The War Planner on October 30, 2011 at 10:21 PM

Jonathan Alter: Obama has miraculously remained free of scandal

Only because the presstitutes are also his press organs.

Steve Eggleston on October 30, 2011 at 10:23 PM

If I find the wormhole back to reality I’ll let you all know. This alternate reality sucks.

chemman on October 30, 2011 at 11:03 PM

If I find the wormhole back to reality I’ll let you all know. This alternate reality sucks.

chemman on October 30, 2011 at 11:03 PM

Please do. If it helps, I think it was about early 2006 when we started getting shunted into this alternate reality. That was when we had the “worst economy since the depression” and all was lost on the war-front along with horribly out of control spending. All of that dinning from the media led to Nancy Pelosi becoming speaker of the House from the 2006 election. At that point, we had entered the wormhole. So start looking there and see if you can find the path back to the reality where the Republicans possess a spine and got the debt under control, laughed at the media attempts to demonize them and we now have a conservative president getting entitlements under control and where our military is still second to none.

AZfederalist on October 30, 2011 at 11:21 PM

Delusion is a river in the Mainstream Media.

pat on October 30, 2011 at 11:25 PM

(Look right) You elected me President and now I can do whatever I want with taxpayer money, so stuff your complaints. (look left) We need solar energy and I don’t care about blackouts, brownouts or any other kind of outs. (look right)I said I would bankrupt the coal industry and that’s what I intend to do. (look down, then left) If we can put a man on the moon, we can subsidize solar energy and contributors to my 2012 campaign. (look right) I will not rest until we have pretended to investigate the Solyndra capital investment for as long as it takes for citizens all across this great country to become bored with the whole thing. (look left) It’s the first thing I think of in the morning and the last thing I think of when I go to bed at night. (look right) It’s the last thing I thing I think of when I arrive at the golf course and the first thing I think of when I shoot hoops. (look out at my vast audience of admirers and smile then look left) Let me be perfectly clear: Some say that we shouldn’t feed starving children, dogs and senior citizens. Some say that we should drill for oil instead of providing jobs for the middle class. (look right) Some even say that we should poison the water supply and club baby seals and fuzzy bears. (point finger and look left). I say that Republicans are wrong about this and I reject their greedy love of millionaires and billionaires. (look right) Let’s put away this demonizing of our opponents and move together as a nation. Not a red nation or a blue nation, but rather as a purple nation as symbolized by our “purple mountain majesties across the fruited plain” (look straight ahead) I’m Oback Arama and I approved this message.

stefano1 on October 30, 2011 at 11:37 PM

What if Alter threw a straw man party, and none of them showed up???

Few Things Considered on October 31, 2011 at 12:03 AM

That’s pretty incredible, even for Alter. Kind of like saying, “Except for a minor flap over some alleged misconduct by his campaign staff, Richard Nixon had a scandal-free presidency.”

J.E. Dyer on October 31, 2011 at 12:20 AM

That’s pretty incredible, even for Alter. Kind of like saying, “Except for a minor flap over some alleged misconduct by his campaign staff, Richard Nixon had a scandal-free presidency.”

J.E. Dyer on October 31, 2011 at 12:20 AM

Or closer to our time period:

Kind of like saying, “Except for a minor flap over in his pajamas, Bill Clinton had a scandal-free presidency.”

BKennedy on October 31, 2011 at 12:46 AM

free of reality

deedtrader on October 31, 2011 at 1:14 AM

That, my friends, is one helluva contortionist act.
Alter manages to put his foot in his mouth while his head is up his Obama’s ass.

That’s Circus Freak Show quality there!

soundingboard on October 31, 2011 at 2:12 AM

The new Deep Throat.

bloviator on October 31, 2011 at 5:18 AM

He hasn’t remained free of scandal . . . he has just been shielded from it by the liberal/socialist/communist media in this country. Media entities like The New York Times, The Washington Post, CNN, MSNBC, NBC, CBS, ABC et al, do everything in their power to ignore or diminish any negative information regarding Obama and his band of Merry Marxists.

rplat on October 31, 2011 at 6:17 AM

OK, I’ll play.

There were never been any leaders more effective at advancing the cause of women, than Bill Clinton or Ted Kennedy.

This is fun!

MNHawk on October 31, 2011 at 6:30 AM

OK, I’ll play.

There were never been any leaders more effective at advancing the cause of women, than Bill Clinton or Ted Kennedy.

This is fun!

MNHawk on October 31, 2011 at 6:30 AM

Don’t forget that rotten DEMOCRAT Senator from Oregon… Serial abuser of women…

Alter is reason 1,000,022 that the LSM needs an introduction to the term “tar and feathers”…

Khun Joe on October 31, 2011 at 6:49 AM

Alter is like your office buddy who drones on and on about how wonderful his girlfriend is. And everybody in the office knows she is nothing but a pretentious, social climbing, money grubbing, back stabbing ho.

BigAlSouth on October 31, 2011 at 7:11 AM

Vast Crimes

Like the Gulag, if the crime is massive enough, it is ignored. Have you all forgotten the dispersion of the Stimulus Pork by district?

The untruthful selling of healthcare and backroom deals concerning one sixth of the US economy?

The attack of Fox News?

This isn’t just a hundred million or two, these are national crimes.

I wouldn’t like it if we had a real philosopher king ruling us.

IlikedAUH2O on October 31, 2011 at 7:27 AM

Playoffs? You wanna talk about playoffs?

And I didn’t mention the deprivation of the GM bondholders of their property and the fascist control of GM to kill hydrogen cars and other projects.

Then we had the assassination issue.

Did anyone in there study law?

IlikedAUH2O on October 31, 2011 at 7:31 AM

Easy to do since the “Lamestream Media” is providing cover for this corrupt administration.

generouse on October 31, 2011 at 8:13 AM

You guys are just mad at Alter because you can’t see the Emperor’s new clothes (which means you are unfit for office, or unpardonably stupid).

/

Fallon on October 31, 2011 at 8:35 AM

Jonathan Alter’s alternate reality-

A large percentage of U.S. currency has traces of cocaine and a large amount found in the D.C. area.

Of the 234 U.S. bills collected in 17 large and small cities, nearly 90 percent had traces of cocaine, especially in larger cities such as Baltimore, Boston, and Detroit. Ninety-five percent of the dollars found in Washington, D.C., had cocaine embedded in their fibers—among the highest in the study.

Just sayin…..cocaine is a powerful drug ;)

Dr Evil on October 31, 2011 at 9:42 AM

Yes, and one of leads most while known qualities is that it is one of the lightest elements.

esnap on October 31, 2011 at 10:23 AM

Surely you folks don’t believe for a second that Alter believes any of this? He can’t possibly believe this, and everyone here knows it.

This was written to settle arguments. Any leftist who doesn’t feel like arguing about the obvious corruption of this administration can just point to this article and say “see, no scandals”.

Oh, sure, WE all know what a bunch of crap it is. Even most leftists know what a bunch of crap it is. That isn’t the point of such articles (and there have been many, and will be ALOT more in the next year). The point is to allow more propaganda into the collective consciousness more easily. Think of sh!t through a goose if it helps.

runawayyyy on October 31, 2011 at 3:38 PM

…the supposed lack of scandal in the White House under Obama’s purportedly upstanding leadership

This article must be a Monty Python or Onion parody.

A short list of just a few of the major Obama scandals:
Preferential treatment of Black Panther Election tampering thugs…
Acorn frauds…
The $500 Million Solyndra Scandal…
The theft of GM from its stockholders, which include tens of thousands of retirement accounts…
The theft of Chrysler from its bondholders, which include tens of thousands of retirement accounts…
Multiple scandals surrounding Obamacare…this, this, this, this, this, this, this, and many more…
The Green scandal…

…and that’s just a very, very small sampling of the corruption in the Obama Administration!!!

landlines on October 31, 2011 at 3:56 PM

At what point does a “reporter” have their credentials completely pulled from them? I’m serious about this. At what point does a “journalist” get booted from the “profession?”
beatcanvas on October 30, 2011 at 8:23 PM

In most media outlets today, journalists lose their credentials at the point where they say – or seem likely to say – something remotely conservative.

logis on October 31, 2011 at 4:29 PM

Only a dummkopf such as Jonathan Alter could make such a claim.

J_Crater on October 31, 2011 at 5:06 PM