The Case Against Janet Napolitano
For some reason MSNBC just had Rep. Michael Burgess (R-Texas) on to talk about the fringe House Republican demands for Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano’s resignation. Burgess didn’t make much of a case. The problem with Napolitano, said Burgess, is that the Obama administration “prides itself on its messaging” and that Napolitano is bad at that, and that he has gotten letters from “good citizens who are genuinely hurt” by the media coverage of the DHS “rightwing extremism” assessment.
“It really does defy gravity in so many ways,” said Burgess, nonsensically.
There’s a real problem with news judgment and accountability here. A month ago, all you needed to do to get on TV was be a House or Senate Republican demanding the resignation of Treasury Sec. Tim Geithner. Then the stock market bounced back and those people, like Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), stopped talking. There’s really no question about Napolitano’s fitness to serve outside of the House GOP and some Canadian columnists, and yet the demands of Michael Burgess are covered as serious news that will have some kind of impact.