Media Gets 'Silly' Over Obama Ties to Blago

There's little evidence of ties as questions pour from press
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Dec 12, 2008 2:05 PM CST
President-elect Barack Obama walks towards the podium during a news conference in Chicago, Thursday, Dec. 11, 2008.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
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(Newser) – The media is aflutter with questions over Barack Obama’s connection to Rod Blagojevich, and although it’s fair for the press to probe, things are getting “silly,” Joan Walsh writes on Salon. The only tie we’ve seen is Blagojevich caught on tape ranting obscenely that Obama won't pay-to-play, yet some are saying Obama’s team has been too slow in enumerating its communications with the Illinois governor.

“It seems awfully early to jump to the conclusion he's trying to hide something by not listing every associate's contact with Blagojevich's office,” Walsh writes. “It's not as though he doesn't have a lot to do, what with crises erupting from Mumbai to Wall Street.” Perhaps we’ve returned to “the Clinton rules,” as Joe Conason posits, expending a huge effort on “mythical crimes.”