It's called the weblog.
It has to be tough these days to write commentary for a newspaper. News breaks, information is compiled, information is checked, sources are checked, the editorial committee bats around an editorial response, proofreading, editing, rewrites, more committee discussions, final proofs ...
By then everyone on the planet has heard the news, read the analysis, absorbed the implications, and moved on. Everyone, that is, except the newspaper editorial page.
Case in point: The poor Roanoke Times.
The following is an editorial about a subject that the Democrats brought up a long time ago, one that was subsequently dropped - because it was found to be completely baseless. A long time ago.
And the boys at the Times are just now getting around to addressing it. Heck, it's been so long since I covered it, I had to go to the archives to refresh my memory:
Cheney and the CIAActually details of the program became unmurky a week ago when it was determined that the program was never even a program. It was a discussion. Nothing more.
President Obama's reluctance to investigate the possible legal wrongdoings of his predecessor is understandable, if unfortunate.
Understandable because such an investigation would heighten partisan rancor and detract from Obama's broad, forward-looking agenda.
Unfortunate because evidence continues to mount that the Bush administration abused executive authority and trampled the law.
Obama's reluctance may need to be overcome to get to the bottom of the latest revelation: Vice President Dick Cheney reportedly ordered the CIA to keep a secret counterterrorism program shielded from congressional oversight.
Details of the program are murky ... [link]
But the Times - a week late and a story short - comes to us with pithy commentary about what ought to be done to correct this grievous wrong. The one that the rest of us quit paying attention to when Michael Jackson died. The wrong that everyone now knows was never a wrong.
I expect a response from the Times to this weblog post sometime around November.