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Thursday, March 24, 2005

Any more "Froomkins" around?

Some of the smartest people in the United States bear the surname "Froomkin".

Michael Froomkin, a law professor at the University of Miami School of Law, finds time to post intriguing information and commentary on his blog, (subtitled "On the fringes of the public sphere"). I love to amble by his blog whenever I get the chance-- better than a trip to Crawford, Texas, to leave a girl feeling relaxed and ready to return to work.

Today, however, I wish to direct attention to Dan Froomkin, who writes the "White House Briefing" feature for the Washington Post.

Dan Froomkin assembles news from an extensive array of sources, organizes the news with links (when possible) so that his readers have easy access to the sources, and adds lean--and often sharp--comments. He does this just about every day, and usually publishes online by 11:00 a.m. (Eastern) or so. His selections usually seem pretty balanced, BUT...

...sometimes he manages to pull of a big tweak by subtle reference. For instance, yesterday's WHB, titled "When a Background Briefing Is Not Enough", rolled though the meeting in Texas between President Bush, Mexican President Vicente Fox and Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin; journalists' frustration with the vagueness of White House statements; potential repercussions across the political spectrum over the Schiavo interventions and the "Culture of Life"; the Social Security Lollapalooza tour; and other similar topics.

Very near the end Froomkin inserted this item:

Bush's Roots

Blogger Holden is turning out to be even more obsessive about poring over Bush's remarks than I am.

Holden noticed this Bush comment from Albuquerque, talking about going back to Crawford: "I like to get home. I like to remember -- to go back to my roots, where I was from."

Holden then provides a photographic overview of where Bush is really from. Hint: It ain't Crawford.

So, of course, Froomkin's curious readers click on the link to find see what Holden has found. Surprise! There's a lot more at that link than just a "a photographic overview". Holden's post at First Draft, titled "Four Corners Baboon-a-palooza", shows pictures of New Haven, Midland, and Houston, and then anchors the photo series by nailing Bush to a couple of truths found lurking near (but not in) his statements.

Dan Froomkin spoke few words, but I'm giving him-- and Holden-- a big shout-out!