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About Harken ... Again

Cal Thomas | Syndicated columnist | Friday, July 12, 2002

About Harken ... Again

The media and the Democrats - but I repeat myself - are putting President Bush through the wringer. It's because of a 1990 business deal involving sale of a stock in Harken Energy Corporation, a Texas company on whose board of directors Bush served.

The Wall Street Journal looked at this deal three years ago as part of its campaign coverage. It found some interesting connections between the company and Saudi Arabia, but "on the corporate ethics side, absolutely zero." The chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission at the same was a Democrat and he found no ethical violations by Bush. The media let Al Gore get away earning $450,000 (so far) from a deal concocted between Gore and the late influence peddler and occidental petroleum chairman, Armand Hammer.

What this is about is politics, of course. The media hate it that Bush's ratings remain high and they want to bring them down, not only because they don't like Republicans, but because they prefer the story of a Republican President in trouble, to one who is doing well. It is an election year, after all. I'm Cal Thomas in Washington.