Tuesday, July 29, 2008

How do you Lexis Liberal?


You may have heard about how Monica Goodling, senior council to former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, screened potential career (non-career positions) by asking probing questions such as (via TPM Muckraker):
Tell us about your political philosophy. There are different groups of conservatives, by way of example: Social Conservative, Fiscal Conservative, Law & Order Republican.

[W]hat is it about George W. Bush that makes you want to serve him?

Aside from the President, give us an example of someone currently or recently in public service who you admire.

Why are you a Republican?



What if she didn't believe the person she was interviewing or if she needed the authoritative background on the applicant (never mind that Justice Dpt. applicants probably receive FBI background checks)? Well, Monica Goodling was no dummy (after all she got her law degree from Pat Robertson's school Regent University). She knew that she could find out about the candidates via the News and Law search engine Lexis Nexis. The report shows that Goodling used the following formula to search for information about candidates:

[First name of a candidate]! and pre/2 [last name of a candidate] w/7 bush or gore or republican! or democrat! or charg! or accus! or criticiz! or blam! or defend! or iran contra or clinton or spotted owl or florida recount or sex! or controvers! or racis! or fraud! or investigat! or bankrupt! or layoff! or downsiz! or PNTR or NAFTA or outsourc! or indict! or enron or kerry or iraq or wmd! or arrest! or intox! or fired or sex! or racis! or intox! or slur! or arrest! or fired or controvers! or abortion! or gay! or homosexual! or gun! or firearm!"


Translation:
Search for [candidates name] within 7 words of:
Bush
Gore
Republican
Democrat
Charg[es]
Accus[ed]
Criticiz[e]
Blam[e]
Defend
Iran Contra
Clinton
Spotted Owl
Florida Recount
Sex
Contravers[y]
Racis[t]
Fraud
Investigat[e]
Bankrupt
Lay Off
Downsiz[e]
PNTR
NAFTA
Outsourc[e]
Indict[e]
Enron
Kerry
Iraq
WMD
Arrest
Intox
Fired
Abortion
Gay
Homosexual

I've highlighted probably the two silliest: Spotted Owl and of course SEX!!!!

I've removed most of the repeats from the list. I would write more about how dumb this is...how silly...how blatantly INAPPROPRIATE. But I think that you're probably tired of this, I know I am. Can our nation wait 175 days (until we have a new president)? I don't think I can.

Read (download)the full report here: DOJ 140 page Report.

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