Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Huntsville TV Station Keeps Siegelman Story Out Front

Most Alabama daily news outlets have been stunningly quiet when it comes to coverage of possible corruption in the Bush Justice Department.

But WHNT in Huntsville is providing its viewers with some real journalism on the subject. A WHNT report last night noted that Alice Martin, U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Alabama, is the subject of an internal Justice Department probe. And reporter Jamie McGriff interviewed Martin about allegations that prosecutions of former Governor Don Siegelman were politically motivated.

You can check out the WHNT story here. You can see video of the story by clicking here and then clicking on "U.S. Attorney Alice Martin talks."

Martin, naturally, denies that the Siegelman prosecutions were politically motivated. But I hope WHNT reporters, and Alabama citizens, will keep this in mind: Alice Martin has a history of playing fast and loose with the facts.

She did it when she ran in 2000 for a seat on the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals.

She did it when she clearly lied under oath in an employment-related lawsuit.

And she did it to me when I reported to her clear wrongdoing by Republican judges in Alabama state courts. This wrongdoing also involved an attorney with ties to Karl Rove and the Bush White House through his son Dax Swatek, who just happens to have served as Alice Martin's campaign manager in 2000.

We have much more coming on our personal experience with Alice Martin's slippery ways.

1 comment:

James Greek said...

And that's the station who preempted the 60 minutes piece due to a blackout am I right?