We are all happy for Crystal Bowersox being discovered for her singing talent -- me included. It really is amazing how many local, talented people are out there. These are people who are worthy of the same fame and fortune as the celebs we see on magazine covers.
Serious, high-minded journalists will no doubt spend the next few days discussing the case of U.S. Rep. Mark Souder, R-Ind., a socially-conservative, "family-values" Republican who is resigning after confessing an affair with one of his aides.
If I simply made up facts in a newspaper story because I wanted to smear somebody, my newspaper and myself would face a lawsuit. It's hard for public officials to file such suits, because they have to prove malice rather than an honest mistake.
A few days ago when I got to work and checked my e-mail, I found a long press release from the Jennifer Brunner campaign, criticizing Lee Fisher, her opponent in the Democratic primary for the U.S. Senate.