Tuesday, June 05, 2007

The Culture of Corruption is Now Passé

Congressman William Jefferson was indicted yesterday on charges of racketeering, money-laundering, and soliciting more than $400,000 in bribes. The US attorney for Eastern Virginia summarizes the charges by saying “Mr. Jefferson corruptly traded on his good office and on the Congress.”

Readers with memories that stretch back to before last November will recall that at that time the “culture of corruption” in Congress was daily front page news. However the story of Jefferson’s indictment does not make the front page of the Boston Globe, but only merits a brief AP story inside the paper. Whatever could account for the difference?

On a sadder note, Clete Boyer, the great Yankee 3rd baseman of the early 1960s has died. A lifelong Tiger fan, I feared Boyer at 3rd. He was truly a star. Rest in Peace.

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