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A little something to tide you over. It's Labor Day, and nobody reads the column unless they're at work, so I thought I'd just toss off, so to speak, one quick coda on the Larry Craig bathrouhaha.

Because I was watching CNN for a bit yesterday, and realized that if you still need to know what's wrong with the current discourse and media, here we have a situation in which:

A man commits a crime.

The man provides ludicrous and implausable excuses for his crime.

The man pleads guilty to the crime.

Evidence is released showing that the man has done things along the same lines as the crime in the past.

The man resigns in discrace over the crime.

The news media then proceeds to put people on the air who call into question whether the crime actually took place.

THE FUCK? I can understand the position that maybe the police shouldn't be hanging out in bathrooms waiting to be solicited, or whether Craig got a fair shake (again, so to speak). The "side" of this whole thing where Larry Craig is simply a hetero victim of a horrible misunderstanding, and has never even thought about hot man-on-man action isn't a side. It isn't even spin. It's not even the usual ass-covering before the inevitable guilty verdict. It's just crazy wrong, and crazy wrong in a largely non-partisan fashion. I know it's not the first time defiance of clearly established fact has been used to pad out the 24-hour-news cycle, but it's one of the more blatant.