The media did it


Why is Paul Wolfowitz leaving the presidency of the World Bank? If you've been following the story, you might think it had to do with his machinations to keep his girlfriend employed and well-salaried. The ethical concerns raised only served to heat up problems between Wolfowitz and the full-time employees of the bank, who were reported to have problems with both his policies, his management style and some of his close aides. So it will come as no surprise that the whole situation was the fault of the media. Wolfowitz told the BBC, "I think it tells us more about the media than about the bank and I'll leave it at that."

TVBR observation: Isn't it nice that any public figure can accept full responsibility for their actions or the actions of their underlings and then turn around and blame the messenger? How far would this ploy go for an average citizen? We are grateful that our most recent malfeasance went undetected by the media. At least, when we nosed past the speed limit briefly this morning on the way to work (there was far too much traffic to speed the way we might have liked), WTOP-AM traffic reporter Lisa Baden did not comment on our transgression, and as far as we know we eluded the attention of all the other reporters working our market. Had Baden been able to bring our crime to light, we can see ourselves before the traffic court judge, pleading our case that it was all Bonneville International's fault. We're sure the judge would enjoy a nice chuckle before fining us to the full extent of the law.