Some things donâ€™t seem to change. Five years after I wrote this column in the form of a news dispatch, it seems more relevant than ever:
WASHINGTON -- There were unconfirmed reports yesterday that the United States is not the center of the world.Add a comment
The White House had no immediate comment on the reports, which set off a firestorm of controversy in the nationâ€™s capital.
Speaking on background, a high-ranking official at the State Department discounted the possibility that the reports would turn out to be true. â€œIf that were the case,â€ he said, â€œdonâ€™t you think we would have known about it a long time ago?â€
On Capitol Hill, leaders of both parties were quick to rebut the assertion. â€œThat certain news organizations would run with such a poorly sourced and obviously slanted story tells us that the liberal media are still up to their old tricks, despite the current crisis,â€ a GOP lawmaker fumed. A prominent Democrat, also speaking on condition of anonymity, said that classified briefings to congressional intelligence panels had disproved such claims long ago.