Kornblut puts journalistic spin on Holder press conference
This commentary is to remind journalist Anne Kornblut that her job is to report the news as it happens, and without the spin. The news is not that Attorney General Holder had a moment to celebrate. He didn’t look like he was enjoying a celebration. Anne’s job is to report the bomb suspects arrest and the associated facts about the development.
“Catching bomb suspect was rare moment for Holder to celebrate
By Anne E. Kornblut
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, May 6, 2010
When Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. stepped up to the lectern at 1:30 a.m. on Tuesday, it was more than an unusual middle-of-the-night appearance trumpeting the swift arrest of an alleged terrorist. It also marked a rare moment of glory for the attorney general.
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Holder has been on rocky ground for months. His decision last November to try Khalid Sheik Mohammed, the self-declared mastermind behind the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, in federal court in Manhattan was quickly opposed by New York lawmakers, then reversed by the White House. He was criticized for having the suspect in the failed Christmas Day bombing read his Miranda rights soon after his arrest -- and then later for quipping that the same would not happen to al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden because officials would be "reading Miranda rights to a corpse."