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Steve Duin hits easy target while judgment & awareness fail miserably on crucial points

Oregonian columnist can bash local Dems but his judgment and awareness fail miserably on crucial points in piece on David Wu
Steve Duin
Steve Duin
Our, ahem, paper of record
Our, ahem, paper of record
David Wu
David Wu
In Steve Duin's Aug. 1 column in The Oregonian, he states, "But (Former Oregon Republican Senator Robert Packwood) transgressions don't belong in the same conversation with the sordid adventures of Wu and fellow Democrats Sam Adams and Neil Goldschmidt."


Hmmm. Let's see. Bob Packwood is forced out of the US Senate in disgrace because of a Washington Post story that detailed the reported claims of sexual abuse and assault by ten women.


However, according to Mr. Duin, Sen. Packwood's "transgressions don't belong in the same conversation with the sordid adventures of Wu and fellow Democrats Sam Adams and Neil Goldschmidt."


Oh really? They don't, do they? Lordy, talk about a judgment call. I have to ask, would you trust someone who made this, ahem, brilliant analysis?


Moreover, Mr. Duin is all over the "willingness of Democratic Party stalwarts to minimize or ignore them (the crimes, travesties and transgressions of Adams, Goldschmidt and Wu) in order to maintain their near-monopoly on political power in this state."


I think Mr. Duin has forgotten which newspaper he works for. An employee of The Oregonian is calling out the state Dems for willingly minimizing or ignoring the crimes, travesties and transgressions of Beaver State politicians?!


May I remind us all that:


Senator Packwood's aggressions were exposed by The Washington Post.


Neil Goldschmidt's crimes were exposed by the Willamette Week.


Sam Adams was forced to come clean in the Willamette Week.


In far too many instances, The Oregonian was unable or unwilling to do its job when it mattered concerning the region's most powerful pols (I'll give them Wu). Yet Mr. Duin is unwilling or unable to mention this absolutely critical fact. Instead he only calls out the party stalwarts of Goldschmidt, Adams, and Wu.


Talk about an easy target.


Mr. Duin seriously needs to take a look around the glass house in which he resides before he blasts out his next volley of rhetorical stones at the local power structure.


And just in case he hasn't noticed, Duin is most definitely a well-paid member of that august body.
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Lawrence J. Maushard is a Portland author and journalist. More of his work at www.maushard.com. Contact him at  maushard@hotmail.com