When they want to, the White House can act decisively.
President Bush on Wednesday ordered his Cabinet secretaries not to hire columnists to promote their agendas after disclosure that a second writer was paid to tout an administration initiative.
Contrast this rapid response to the White House Payola scandal with the utter non-response to the at least as serious scandal regarding the outing of CIA agent Valerie Plame. Where was the order to the White House staff to release any reporters from pledges of confidentiality and/or to come forward if they had information relevant to the Plame matter?
Relevant blasts from the past: earlier example of fast action while ignoring the Plame matter and Gonzales link to obstruction of justice in the Plame scandal.