Thursday, December 18, 2008

And the sound of crickets chirping...

Helen Jones-Kelley, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services director who authorized improper snooping into the records of Samuel Wurzelbacher (Joe the Plumber), has resigned. Fox News website reported it. I checked a little before two and didn't see it on the webpage. A Google News search turned up reports in all the major and some minor Ohio newspapers, along with the original AP report. Of course, conservative sites like Hot Air and Michelle Malkin picked up on it.

Imagine if it had been a Republican agency director - who gave money to and campaigned for John McCain - and had committed a similar act. Close your eyes and visualize... I'll wait.

Right. The director's resignation would be more than a footnote, and the whistleblower, instead of drifting into obscurity, would probably have her own television show by now. I guess whistleblowing is only a good gig when you're a liberal.

An interesting side note.. had on its homepage a link to a story about a young woman who fell from a suspended harness during a Christmas program at a church in Cincinnati last night, who has since passed away. Tragic, and my heart goes out to her family and friends, but national news? You have two news stories coming out of Ohio that, as a national news provider, you can report. Which is really the more newsworthy to a national audience: the director of a state agency resigning after violating the privacy of a citizen who dared to ask a candiate a hard question, or a young woman who had an unusual accident?

Ms. Jones-Kelley does not seem at all chastened, by the way. Fox News reported her reasons for resigning from her released statement, "she won't allow her reputation to be disparaged and that she is concerned for her family's safety."

I have two questions. What about Mr. Wurzelbacher's reputation? And the job safety of the woman who reported the invasion?

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