Glenn Reynolds defends Nancy Pelosi against a false charge of copyright violation by the Republican Study Committee, dutifully transcribed by National Journal’s blog. The charge does, in fact, turn out to be entirely bogus — just like the charge about demanding luxury air travel — and the RSC takes it back, though without any apology to the Speaker.
Kudos to Glenn for calling a foul on his own side. Here’s hoping that he’ll take another look at the air-travel pseudo-scandal and note how fraudulent that one was, too.
Making false integrity charges against public officials isn’t just an injury to them. It also helps cover up the real wrongdoing in Washington, of which there’s plenty.