Kevin Drum notes some interesting similarities between traitor Robert P. Hanssen and con artist Jayson Blair.

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  1. Alex says:

    Wasn’t the actual point of that post to point out similarities between Robert Hansen and a certain current President?

  2. James Joyner says:

    Uh, no.

  3. Paul says:

    Kevin, as usual, IGNORES FACTS when he makes this argument.

    Raines said it was racial and he was the one doing the promoting!

    How much more proof do the liberals need?



  4. Kevin Drum says:

    Paul: Are you suggesting that this kind of thing is wrong only when someone fesses up to it?

    Whites get breaks all the time and sometimes this has disastrous consequences. That’s true regardless of whether anyone is willing to admit that they gave Hanssen too many chances simply because he fit the profile of someone they trusted.

    (By the way, I should add that Mickey’s statement came before Raines confessed anyway. He *automatically* assumed that the whole affair was due to race, and that’s the part that bothers me. Why can he make a statement like that about a black guy before there’s any evidence, while no one *ever* makes that kind of a comment when a white guy screws up?)

  5. Jimbo says:

    What is this? The first step in the rehabilitation of Jayson Blair?
    Well if the WHITE boys do it…

    Is this such an utterly flawed supposition that you have to resort to fabricating events that never happened to support a preconceived conclusion? You seem to do that by making statements unsupported by any facts and then deeming them “obvious”.

    The FBI, as do most government organizations, seem to promote based on little more than length of tenure and the ability to avoid getting into trouble or pissing off the boss. That is not affirmative action for WHITEY, that is bureaucratic career inertia.

    How you can take two absolutely unrelated events and then stitch them together to minimize the wrong that is affirmative action? Your claim of white privilege rather than incompetency at the FBI is beyond any level of honest discourse on the subject.

    To actually think you went looking for examples of white privilege, and this was the best you could do, absolutely convinces me it likely no longer exists in meaningful numbers.

    What’s next week Kevin? Maybe you can compare Kobe Bryant to Ted Bundy and scream racism because it took them a few years to arrest Bundy but Kobe gets hauled in within days.

  6. Paul says:

    Not at all.

    The only thing worse than discrimination is when the goverment makes it a legal requirement.


    As it stands today, the law of the land is that white people are discriminated against for the color of thier skin.

    Won’t you be a good liberal and argue against that?


  7. Acanty says: