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LA Times to Pelosi: Don’t Snub Harman
Posted by: Dale Franks on Monday, November 20, 2006

The Los Angeles Times has come out in full force to endorse local girl (Venice) Jane Harman (D-CA) for the chair of the House Intelligence Committee. Especially after her public loss in the campaign to install John Murtha (D-PA) in the Majority Leader's spot.
That embarrassing experience should induce Pelosi (D-San Francisco) — who appeared chastened before reporters Thursday — to reconsider another ill-advised promotion: Her apparent intention to bestow the chairmanship of the House Intelligence Committee not on the panel's ranking Democrat, Rep. Jane Harman (D-Venice), but on Rep. Alcee L. Hastings (D-Fla.).

Hastings, like Murtha, seems an unlikely choice for a leadership role in what Pelosi has been advertising as "the most honest, the most open and the most ethical Congress in history." Hastings was impeached as a federal judge and removed from office in the late 1980s (although he was acquitted of bribery in a criminal trial in 1983).

A litany of explanations have been adduced to explain why Pelosi would bypass Harman, an expert on intelligence matters who has won the respect of both parties while criticizing some of the Bush administration's excesses in the war on terror. None of them is persuasive. Harman has earned this chairmanship.
The power of the LA Times is fully behind Jane Harman. Which might be impressive, if the Times circulation didn't keep falling like a stone. Last year, the Times boasted a circulation of 907,997. As of September of 2006, however, it fell to 775,766.

Congratulations to the Times management, though, who, providing the only major daily in a city of 10 million people, have driven it down to a circulation comparable to the New York Daily News. Which isn't even a New York city paper, for cripes sake, but a suburban one produced on Long Island. I doubt the Speaker of the House really cares about the editorial opinion of a newspaper that essentially no one reads, despite being pretty much the only paper in town.

And to think that there was time when the word of the Los Angeles Times editorial board was practically law in California...
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patterico might go into shock.
Written By: capt joe
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Define "Snub."
Written By: Joe
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Dunno, I’m betting the LA Times circulation problems largely have to do with their inability to cover local news. Someone recently said that he had an easier time finding LA stories in the New York Times than the LAT.
Written By: Jeff the Baptist
I think Rep. Harmon has her own problems. The way I understand it she is currently under investigation by the FBI for "improper relations with a foreign lobby." (the Israelis, I think.)
Written By: mikeyes
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No Mikeyes she’s not, that’s disinformation being put out to discredit Democrats. The investigation is NOT closed, but is no longer active. Thank you, but please try again.
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