D.C. is a circus these days, and one attraction you won’t want to miss is that of the yellow journalist. Step right up, folks, and see Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank attempt feats of cognitive dissonance that would shatter a logical mind!

I am, of course, referring to Milbank’s praise for Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s tantrum about the CIA snooping on the Senate Intelligence Committee, which she chairs (“Feinstein’s allegation of CIA wrongdoing should be answered with action,” March 13). The Constitution, she claims, should protect her committee from such intrusions by the executive branch.

So let’s get this straight: When whistle-blowers came forward to detail how all Americans are being surveilled by National Security Agency programs, that wasn’t a problem? The American people who pay her salary are not due the same constitutional considerations as Madame Chairwoman is?

Incredibly, Milbank acts as though Feinstein’s approval of the NSA programs means that “her credibility could not be questioned.” Perhaps he meant to say that her credibility could not be “located” or “confirmed to exist.”

Dianne Feinstein is a vicious hypocrite and aspiring first-class citizen. It is the essence of authoritarianism to say that this surveillance is “good enough for thee, but not for me.”

To be clear, I do hope that the White House produces the CIA documents in question (though I won’t hold my breath), and I do agree that the Constitution and Bill of Rights are in peril from an out-of-control executive.

But it will take more than sleight of hand from a third-rate magician like Dana Milbank to convince me that Feinstein is champion of anything but deceit and the introduction of a class system. Indeed, the only action Milbank has compelled me to is to request that you stop reprinting his sycophantic, regurgitated drivel.

Zack Beisswanger


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