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Noted and passed - Jan. 20, 2014

Posted: January 17, 2014 9:06 a.m.
Updated: January 20, 2014 5:00 a.m.

• The concept of balanced reporting in today’s national media is pretty much a joke. Fox News isn’t going to hide its favoritism of right-wing politicians, while MSNBC (and virtually all other national broadcast outlets, including the three major networks) cannot abide anyone who isn’t a liberal. Pundits have had a field day with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and the so-called Bridgegate affair. The general response from analysts on the left has been, “Well, he says he didn’t know about it and we are going to take him at his word, but if he did know...” It will be interesting to see how the corpulent governor fares after the initial furor has died.

• We keep thinking salaries in professional sports can’t go higher, then along comes a deal like the one given last week by the Los Angeles Dodgers to Clayton Kershaw, one of the league’s top pitchers. Kershaw will get $215 million over seven years, the first time a hurler has signed a long-term pact worth more than $30 million a year. It’s a good reason for Kershaw County youngsters to head for the back yard and a makeshift pitching mound.

• Sort of like the left-wing jumping on Christie, conservatives are pouncing on the Benghazi affair following a bipartisan report that the State Department, at that time under the direction of Hillary Clinton, refused requests to boost security despite warnings from the CIA about the danger of attacks. Clinton, reportedly in the wings for a presidential run, isn’t saying much.

• Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates has written a tell-all book, and while it contains some interesting information, we have a distaste for kiss-and-tell books written by people in high places. Loyalty is one pre-requisite of serving in high office, along with confidentiality. Gates obviously has neither.

• The South Carolina General Assembly is well on the way to passing a law that would allow people to carry concealed firearms into bars and restaurants that serve liquor. Bad idea, all the way around.

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