Notes: Washington is playing the blame game while pretending not to be. Howard Kurtz wrote in his Washington Post column, Media Notes, last Wednesday, that "We seem to be in an environment where everyone decries the blame game, even as they blame the FBI or CIA, and the FBI and CIA blame each other, or so the dueling leaks would suggest." And Maureen Dowd wrote in her syndicated column on that same day "So Congress points fingers at the CIA and FBI. And the CIA and FBI point fingers at each other."

Meanwhile, two congressional committees began hearings on terrorism and America's response thereto. The House and Senate Intelligence committees acting jointly said they would begin hearings on the subject, and Coleen Rowley, the FBI agent who wrote the Minnesota memo, testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee. The Senators fawned incredibly over her as she comfortably sat at center stage and lectured about what should be done on everything from FBI bureaucracy to FBI computers. It's amazing how differently congressional committees treat you if the media has designated you a good guy vs. how you're treated if they designate you a bad guy. I'd choose good-guy status for myself and let the congressmen flatter me -- except it's the media, not you who makes the designation. No doubt, I'd end up skewered by bullying, misleading questions as a bad guy.
06.09.02