The beasties have, though, zeroed in on one of the people most responsible for the effectiveness of working the refs.
36. Ron Fournier
Charges: Since taking the reigns as AP Washington bureau chief in 2006, Fournier's steered the notorious just-the-facts wire service toward an opinionated brand of reporting he's dubbed “accountability journalism.” It sounds good, but when the country's most widely syndicated news outlet pawns its right-leaning opinions off as hard news, everybody gets a little more stupider. Fournier's “Obama walks arrogance line” article from March was the genesis of one such dumbed-down national conversation.
Exhibit A: Told Karl Rove to “Keep up the fight" in a recently revealed e-mail.
Sentence: Falling out with Rove, “accidental” plane crash.
Oh, that's sweet.