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The Hunting of Tom DeLay
October 5, 2005

By James L. Hirsen, J.D., Ph.D.
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The Old Media have put on their bias blinders and are ignoring a series of stories that relate to the recent indictment of former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay.

For instance, not garnering mainstream press attention is prosecutor Ronnie Earle's pattern of misusing the power of his office by engaging in political skeet shooting. Typically, Earle has blanks in his barrel, but sometimes the guy manages to destroy his clay pigeon anyway with the seriousness of the charges.

Not that long ago Earle played a gotcha game with Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson, bringing criminal charges against her. In Hutchinson's case, though, all charges ended up being dismissed or dropped, and Snidely Whiplash was foiled.

Earle's longtime involvement with Dem politics coupled with DeLay's successful redistricting of Texas looks to be the real reason why Earle put DeLay in his sights.

Especially striking is the way the media are ignoring the fact that Earle has for the last two years invited a film crew to tag along with him and shoot footage of the criminal investigation and ultimate indictment of Tom DeLay.

Mark Birnbaum, a self-described producer, director, writer, cameraman and editor, has been wearing the Michael Moore cap. Astoundingly, the Peabody Award winner's Web site says that the "new documentary work-in-progress was screened as the closing feature at this year's Dallas Video Festival."

The DeLay piece even has a title. It's called "The Big Buy" and is described as "Raymond Chandler meets Willie Nelson on the corner of Wall Street and Pennsylvania Avenue."

The film's plot, according to Birnbaum, involves "maverick Austin DA Ronnie Earle's investigation into what really happened when corporate money joined forces with relentless political ambitions to help swing the pivotal 2002 Texas elections, cementing Republican control from Austin to Washington D.C."

Over the last two years, as Earle pursued the investigation that led to the indictment of House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, the Travis County prosecutor evidently made things fairly easy for the film crew.

In justifying his Hollywood-style prosecutorial approach, Earle paraphrased an overused quote. He told the Associated Press, "When somebody said to Harry Truman, ‘Give 'em hell, Harry,' he said, 'I just tell 'em the truth and they think it's hell.' I told them the truth, and they thought it was a movie. Go figure. I'm just doing my job."

Birnbaum told National Review Online, "We approached him [Earle], and he offered us extraordinary access to him and, to an extent, to his staff."

In a prudent move, DeLay chose to have nothing to do with Birnbaum.

I wonder what the press would have done if Ken Starr would have allowed a film crew to follow him around as he investigated the 42nd president of the United States.

I kind of wish Star had. "Bubba's Excellent Adventure" would have made one heck of an exposé.

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