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Methinks He Protested Too Much

Why in the world did Donald Rumsfeld insert himself into the Enron story?

11:01 PM, Jan 22, 2002 • By RICHARD STARR
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One more thing: Since when did it become incumbent upon reporters to seek comment before publishing what's in an official disclosure form? I'm no special fan of the Center for Public Integrity; I think its view of the relationship between money and politics is disastrously oversimplified when it's not wrongheaded. But it seems to have done its work professionally in this case. It had, after all, been in contact with Rumsfeld's accountant. Would he really prefer that it bother his wife instead? I rather suspect that were news organizations to start contacting Mrs. Rumsfeld about her stock holdings, Mr. Rumsfeld would take that as an opportunity to abuse them further.

For a man who has enjoyed spectacularly good press in recent months--and deservedly so--Rumsfeld sure did get bent out of shape over a triviality. God save whichever one of his underlings didn't talk him out of this press release.

Richard Starr is a managing editor at The Weekly Standard.