Chip Reid Plays Down Earle's Partisanship

<p>On this morning's Today show NBC's Chip Reid attempted to play down Tom DeLay's charges of partisanship in Texas Democrat prosecutor Ronnie Earle's indictment:</p><p><strong>Chip Reid: &quot;In a blistering attack DeLay called Earle, who is a Democrat a partisan fanatic.&quot;</strong></p><p><strong>[DeLay: &quot;This is one of the weakest, most baseless indictments in, in American history. It's a sham and Mr. Earle knows it.&quot;]</strong></p><p><strong>Reid: &quot;But in an interview with NBC News earlier this year Earle vigorously denied his investigation of DeLay is motivated by politics.&quot;</strong></p><p><strong>[Earle: &quot;We prosecuted four times as many Democrats as Republicans. This is not about Democrats and Republicans. This is about cops and robbers.&quot;]</strong></p><p>Reid then went on to paint a dire political future for the Republican Party as a whole:</p><p><strong>Reid: &quot;The DeLay indictment comes on the heels of a federal investigation of Senate Republican Leader Bill Frist for insider trading. Frist strongly denies the allegations but Democrats are pointing to the investigations of Frist and DeLay as evidence of a culture of corruption among Republicans.&quot;</strong></p><p><strong>[Charlie Cook: &quot;It hurts Republicans a lot and it's the kind of thing that Republicans really fear because it could, it could kill them in the next year's midterm elections.&quot;]</strong></p><p><strong>Reid: &quot;Now Cook says the corruption issue alone isn't enough to end Republican control of Congress but he says it could be a contributing factor. Katie.&quot;</strong> </p>

Geoffrey Dickens
Geoffrey Dickens
Geoffrey Dickens is the Deputy Research Director at the Media Research Center.