Monday, February 13, 2006

Living Up to My Name

When I started this blog, it was my intention to write letters to and keep track of responses from public officials and others. But writing wtf? posts have been much easier.

I'm going to try to write at least one letter every day to someone, starting today with Lou Dobbs:

I've often seen the media try to link Democrats to Jack Abramoff by implication, but I was stunned to see Lou Dobbs state so directly during his February 9 broadcast that Sen. Harry Reid was working on behalf of Abramoff to scam Indian tribes.

Mr. Dobbs said:
"And a new report tonight, apparently demonstrating the huge influence of former lobbyist Jack Abramoff in Congress. Senate Minority Leader Senator Harry Reid wrote at least four letters helpful to Indian tribes represented by Abramoff, according to The Associated Press. Senator Reid reportedly collected nearly $70,000 from groups associated with Abramoff."

This link is a guilt by association fallacy. Sen. Reid was working with Indian tribes and accepting their donations long before Abramoff dreamed up his scams. The two are simply not connected, and the only evidence I've ever seen that they were has come from media figures making implications and fallacious arguments.

Please ask Mr. Dobbs to correct the false and unfounded implication he made against Sen. Reid.

Thank you.

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