McHenry sacked by Gaston Gazette

Kudos to Derick Moss at the Gaston Gazette

He covered the Clemens hearing as well as any national press I'd read and far and away above any other local "political" reporter.

Check it out:

Take the case of our local representative, Patrick McHenry, a member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform which put on the most recent dog and pony show. McHenry did not attend the hearing, and also did not respond to requests this week for an interview. But on Wednesday he issued the following statement via press release:

“This circus could only impress P.T. Barnum,” the statement said. “Apparently, Democrats think the economy and illegal immigration will solve themselves. So instead of working on that, they’re playing with baseball.”

Sounds like he's stuck with the typical McHorny grandstanding quote. But no, no, no. Derick has not been drinking 10th District Republican kool-aid.

But here’s what McHenry told The Gazette in 2005 on the afternoon after he’d just grilled Mark McGwire about his alleged steroid use (and had plenty of national TV exposure in the process):

“It’s not about the baseball players. We’re trying to bring attention to this matter because there’s been a tremendous rise in the use of steroids among young people in this country. The message professional sports is sending, especially professional baseball, is that if you want to be a professional baseball player you need to use some performance-enhancing drugs. That’s the worst message.”

Takedown!

And, still, Derick is not done. He continues to go where other local reporters dare not. Not only does he note McHorny's hypocrisy, he actually makes an attempt to analyze it!

What happened between then and now to change his mind? Plenty.

For starters, his party was in the majority in 2005 and was actually the body that called for the hearings in the first place. Now that the Dems are calling the plays, McHenry wants to stay on the sidelines.

And he even noticed that while Patty exulted in criticizing McGuire, he is actually inaccurate in this case, for criticizing Democrats. It was Clemens who asked to speak. Not the other way around.

“The only reason we held this hearing is because Roger Clemens insisted on it,” Waxman added.

Wow, a reporter who notices hypocrisy, analyzes it, and does some research.

Go ahead and follow the link to read his speculation as to why Republicans were defending Clemens when they skewered McGwire. (Yes, there are quite a few mentions of our President.) Good job, Gaston Gazette.

The Hickory Daily Record and the Shelby Star didn't quite figure it out. The Star swallowed (and regurgitated) McHorny's tired and sputtering spin.

The Record had the nerve to give McHorny a headline that makes it seem they were asking the hard questions. And they did ask him some hard questions. Problem is they just printed his answers as if they are not supposed to (or able to) factcheck.

And really, they were letting him get away with avoiding a debate scheduled by the Catawba County Republican Party.

So, now I know why so many people turn to the sports pages first. That's where you'll find the truth.

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Everyone, please contact the Gaston paper and thank them for doing their job (sigh). Maybe if enough of the MSM "reporters" get wind of it, they'll follow suit. McHorny is the lowest kind of scum. We need the regular media to help bleach him out.

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Freedom at last for Patty!

Everyone, please contact the Gaston paper and thank them for doing their job (sigh). Maybe if enough of the MSM "reporters" get wind of it, they'll follow suit.*J

The Freedom Newspapers is a small chain of Liberatarian own papers out of California. In North Carolina, they own the Gaston gazette, Burlington, New Bern, and the paper in Jacksonville where Marshall is at. They do not like Republicans! Period!!!!!!!!

I cross posted versions of this

at scrutinyhooligans.us and www.patgobyebye.com but I just got my first laptop and my fingers are cramping so I'm not gonna do no more tonight.

Those of you who know me might want to check out this post. I've been too busy (and subsequently too lazy) to email anyone.
 
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Cool stuff!!

Thanks for letting me know, James. It hasn't shown up on my google alert . . . These days it seems more and more that I'm dependent on the kindness of comment posters and anonymous emailers to keep up with things.

And if writers who do great research and analysis keep getting all this positive feedback (spurred by you, J) then maybe politicians won't get away with behaving one way in DC and another in their home districts.
 
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Check out Watauga Watch's take on things from the Foxx

angle.

Jerry Williamson lives in the 5th so, of course, he's more interested in Virginia Foxx's idiocies. After reading Moss, Jerry makes several great points. Of course, being a 10th district-o-phile, this was my favorite:

1. Republican House members were all over the steroids investigation in 2005, when they were in charge of running the place. Congressman Patrick McHenry, particularly, was avid in his grilling of Mark McGuire for alleged steroid use and basked in the media attention.

And coming in a close second for me was the kind of turnaround for which Patty is becoming widely reknowned:

6. With the fall-out from the hearing turning very negative for Clemens and his Republican cheerleaders, McHenry tried to distance himself by saying that steroid use by professional athletes shouldn't even be a subject for Congress to examine, hoping that no one will remember # 1 above.

I just wonder what else he's hiding about his life in Washington and his lies in the district . . .
 
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McHenry sacked by Goths

Every time I read that heading I see "McHenry sacked by Goths"