Jack Kelly's Rick Perry column was light on facts

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I usually avoid the column of the Post-Gazette’s resident fabulist, Jack Kelly, because, of course, he never fails to let a few facts spoil a good story. When I saw that last Sunday’s column was about Texas Gov. Rick Perry (“Perry Resists ‘Lawfare’: Bogus Charges Backfire on Democrats,” Aug. 24), I couldn’t resist the temptation to see what yarn old Jack was spinning. In the column he tries to make the case that the recent indictment of Gov. Perry is a result of a partisan witch hunt. He alludes that a local Democratic district attorney from Travis County is behind the indictment. As is typical, Mr. Kelly leaves out the important facts.

The matter started as a complaint filed by a watchdog group, Texans for Public Justice, admittedly a left-leaning group. According to the Texas Observer and the Dallas Morning News, the complaint was assigned for handling to Republican Judge Robert Richardson of Bexar County. Judge Richardson then appointed Michael McCrum as special prosecutor overseeing the investigation. Mr. McCrum served as an assistant U.S. attorney in the administration of President George H.W. Bush. He is described in the Morning News as “a fairly conservative person” and as “very fair-minded and balanced, the kind of guy who would prosecute something only if he thinks the evidence is there.” The Travis County DA with whom Mr. Perry clashed had no role in the investigation or the grand jury indictment.

Hysterically, Mr. Kelly calls for the disbarment of the special prosecutor without noting any of the facts about the case. That Mr. Kelly remains employed by a large city newspaper speaks volumes about the decline of American journalism.

THOMAS C. BAUMANN
Greensburg

 


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