10/04/2005 03:38 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

Why I Don't Turn to NPR for News

This morning's Presidential news conference was summarized on NPR by, among others, Senior Washington Editor Ron Elving, who observed that, though the assembled newsies had questions about the Plame leak investigation, there were none about Tom Delay. That struck me as an odd piece of analysis, since I clearly remembered this query, confirmed in the White House transcript of the event:

Q Thank you, Mr. President. As you know, ethics has been the hot topic here in Washington. I wonder, as a matter of principle, do you believe that it is ever okay for a member of your administration, or a member of Congress, to accept free gifts or travel from lobbyists?

True, the name "Delay" wasn't mentioned, but the subject matter of the question clearly was on the topic of the Abramoff-Delay connection. So was supervising Washington Editor Ron Elving dozing during the live coverage? Or was he contributing to the liberal narrative of the supine press letting the Pres walk all over them, a narrative that time seems to have passed by?