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Bob Somerby, longtime proprietor of The Daily Howler weblog, is truly expert in dissecting the pieties, pomposities, and pap provided by the mainstream media on the topic of “scandal.” Today he examines the latest works of The New York Times‘ Frank Bruni and The Washington Post‘s Ruth Marcus — who forthrightly declares herself a “fan of Hillary Clinton,” so we can better understand why she proceeds to label the former Secretary of State “a gluttonous pig.”

As Somerby observes, the Post columnist’s evident concern over Clinton’s earnings has become obsessive: “In Sunday’s column, Marcus understated her track record in this area. By our count, this is at least the fifth column she has devoted, since last June, to Hillary Clinton’s ‘greed.’ ”

No doubt we can look forward to many, many more such essays — as she and her paper arraign Democrats over the same alleged misdemeanors for which they have historically neglected to criticize Republicans.

More here.

Photo: Michael Kovac via Flickr

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