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Blago does Donald Trump. Maybe Patrick Kennedy's right. Is there no shame left in America?

Donald Trump, cast of celebrity Apprentice

Let's be clear. Rod Blagojevich is an impeached former governor, facing charges of trying to sell Barack Obama's old Senate seat. The indictment against him -- prepared by prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald, famous for going after former Cheney chief of staff Scooter Libby in the Valerie Plame case -- reads like a textbook case of corruption.

But these days he is enjoying a renaissance as a figure of note on television shows.

The other night he did the "Late Show with David Letterman." In his list of Top 10 laments, he included a mention of beleaguered New York Gov. David Paterson, as in,  "How come I'm not a governor and Paterson is?" Um, maybe because he hasn't been indicted? Just a guess.

Then this Sunday, Blago is on the season opener of Donald Trump's "Celebrity Apprentice" show. Trump, himself a figure of some controversy, was on MSBNC's "Morning Joe" today reporting that Blago was great on the show, really great.

Maybe there's no harm in having disreputable public figures appearing on reality television. After all, they are part of our reality. And maybe Blago should be presumed innocent until convicted in a court of law.

But maybe, just maybe, Patrick Kennedy was right. The other day the Rhode Island Democrat, who is retiring from Congress, blasted the media for its nonstop coverage of another disgraced figure, former Democrat Eric Massa. In a rant heard round the water cooler, Kennedy railed against the media's fixation on one sick individual in Congress when other lawmakers were working hard, grappling with heady issues like healthcare reform and the war in Afghanistan.

Take a look and let us know what you think.

-- Johanna Neuman

Photo: Donald Trump with the cast of Celebrity Apprentice. Credit: Haaseth/NBC

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I have been looking for work every day online for computer tech or analyst type Jobs. I have over 8 years experience but there are so many others that are out of work as well. It has been 1 yr and 6 months and things do not look too good. I am 50 and wish to keep my home but I do not know what the feature holds. So this is what I have to say to the Government. "It is the economy STUPID" I say we ought to fire anybody that is not focused on the economy. If the economy fails or continues as is, there will be no battles in Afghanistan. If the economy continues there is not healthcare plan or anything else. So what is it that they the government doesn't get it is the economy STUPID get your focus right.....

The real crime with the ranting Rep. Patrick Kennedy, who now has a history of smearing others, is that ABC's GMA's George Stephanopoulos and Jake Tapper took a carefully edited version of this rant, and carefully inserted it into a spot on helping them sell the President's health care refrom bill by suggesting that the debate is getting so contentious, as protrayed by Kennedy's out of control behavior.

Kennedy's rant had nothing to do with health care reform, it had to do with his being disgusted with the effort in Afghanistan and in what he claimed was the press' refusal to cover the war, while our men and women are dying over there.

For ABC News to allow GMA to pull such an unethical stunt is beyond the pale.

ABC is so confident that nobody cares about journalistic standards any more that they actually still have it posted, here:

http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/HealthCare/white-house-deadline-health-care-bill-irks-democrats/story?id=10068131

I agree with Blago. I would rather have Blago as governor than David Paterson. At least Blago was competent and a hard worker.

David Paterson proved long ago that he has no managerial or leadership skills - in another words he simply could not govern. “The Democratic Conference: Organizational and Operational Structure Report” is an eyewitness account of Paterson’s DYSFUNCTIONAL governing nature.

http://www.politico.com/static/PPM110_demreportfinal.html

This report heavily criticized Paterson’s leadership as Senator Minority leader. His office was criticized for PATRONAGE, LACK OF LEADERSHIP, INDECISIVENESS and INFIGHTING, set against a backdrop of general CHAOS – in other words the office was a ZOO.

Those interviewed in the report indicated that its chief of staff the disorganized Michael Jones-Bey had no management skills, and would get drunk with staff, often coming in the office with a hangover, and should be fired.

Amazingly, for running such a DYSFUNCTIONAL CHAOTIC office, the disorganized Michael Jones-Bey was hand picked by David Paterson to head the Division of Minority & Women Owned Business Development at Empire State Development Corporation.


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A veteran foreign and national correspondent, Andrew Malcolm has served on the L.A. Times Editorial Board and was a Pulitzer finalist in 2004. He is the author of 10 nonfiction books and father of four. Read more.
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