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Second Gonzales Aide Resigns

New York Times article: http://www.nytimes.com/2007/04/07/washington/07goodling.html?ref=washington

Washington Post article: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/04/06/AR2007040600512.html


Summary: Former Senior Counselor for Roberto Gonzales Monica Goodling became the latest high-ranking Justice Deparmtent offical to resign in the light of controversy over the firing of eight U.S. attorneys.

Both papers used hard news leads very similar in content, emphasizing yet another casualty in the on-going debate over the conduct of the U.S. firings.

One of the notable differences between the two articles stemmed from their explanation over Ms. Goodling's refusal to testify in front of a Senate Judiciary Committee investigating the firings of the attorneys. The Washington Post simply states that: "The departure of Monica M. Goodling, 33, comes two weeks after she first refused to answer questions from Congress about the firings, invoking her Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination." The New York Post goes more in-depth, explaining how Goodling "notified the Senate Judiciary Committee through her lawyer on March 26 that she would invoke her constitutional right not to testify in the panel’s inquiry about the dismissals — not because she had anything to hide, the lawyer said, but because she did not expect fair treatment in the current climate of political hostility." I felt the Post article called the integrity of Ms. Goodling's character into greater question, especially in conjuction with their assertion of sinking morale in U.S. attorney officies.

Ultimately, I thought the Washington Post article provided better coverage of the event because the body of its article had more comprehensive information surrounding Gonzales' actions and the political manuvering occuring in both parties.