Now, I remember reading that someone had looked over all of the editorials published in all of the big newspapers during the 1990s and the single most important issue to all of them was whether the Attorney General was sufficiently independent of the President. A reasonable enough concern, but get this:
Fox News Sunday's Chris Wallace said today:
We asked Attorney General Gonzales to come on today, but the White House declined our invitation.
To repeat, Gonzales did not accept or reject his own invitation. The White House did.
If he was truly independent of the White House and its political agenda, he would control his own schedule and media appearances.
That pretty much answers the question if our attorney general is functioning as the people's lawyer, or the president's lawyer.
Gee, what happened to that fine, fine oh-so-principled stand that the papers took back in the 1990s? See especially this weeks Media Matters for another comparison of how Clinton was treated then versus how Bush is treated by the media today.