JC asks below what exactly there is to this Harry Reid land deal story. Subcommandante Markos puts it best – absolutely nada. Actually that is not completely true. The story here is the amazing toolishness of the AP’s John Solomon when it comes to Harry Reid. Let’s recap:
* First Solomon got the simple facts wrong on Harry Reid’s involvement with Jack Abramoff and the Marianas Islands. The correct answer: there was none.
* Then Solomon breathlessly reported a gift that broke no ethics rules. There the idea was to present a story whose tone suggested a career-ending scandal but whose substance contained not a single incriminating fact. Remember that because it comes up often in Solomon’s reporting.
* Next Solomon confused tickets with credentials, again tinting a non-story in the most nefarious possible terms.
* This time Solomon cannot seem to understand the basic principles of a limited liabiilty corporation (LLC), which in Reid’s case is treated by the IRS as identical to simple ownership. As far as the relevant authorities are concerned it doesn’t exist.
So, what is the story behind the stories? Did Reid run over John Solomon’s dog? Maybe John Solomon just serves as a convenient outlet for smear merchants who know that he won’t ask too many questions. Either way you have to wonder whether the AP is best served by keeping this guy around.
The AP is a news service and not a news retail outlet (e.g., newspaper or television news division) so they don’t care what you think. Really. If you don’t like John Solomon’s serial asshattery then look for a local periodical that ran it and let them hear about it.