Brad Messer Commentary • KTSA • Wednesday, March 3, 2004


Pot to Kettle

Yes radio and TV need to clean up. Yes Congress should exert some pressure. But some of how it's being done is kind of funny.

Texas politician Tom DeLay laid it out to a radio convention yesterday. He said broadcasters have sacrificed decency for profits. And I agree: some of them definitely have, despite how innocent and shocked they're pretending to be.

House Majority Leader DeLay put it this way, quote: "It's about money."

That sounds to me like the pot calling the kettle black. Nothing against him personally, but Mr. DeLay's Texas political operation is under investigation for money-related matters. Today's Houston Chronicle says:

"Travis County prosecutors ... are investigating whether DeLay's operatives committed a felony by ... using corporate ... money to influence elections."

I have no idea whether this particular gaggle of politicians broke money laws or not. My point is simply that it's kind of amusing to hear a politician on his high horse criticizing people who do indecent stuff for money.

Brad Messer— commentary, KTSA.



Houston Chronicle 3/2/2004
DeLay threatens broadcasters with Congress sanctions

Tom DeLay
Old law gives DeLay new trouble

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