Playing partisan politics with international telecom standards

The State Department has traditionally put together a list of industry representatives for these meetings, and anyone in the U.S. telecom industry who had the requisite expertise and wanted to go was generally given a slot, say past participants. Only after the start of Bush’s second term did a political litmus test emerge, industry sources say.

The White House admits as much: “We wanted people who would represent the Administration positively, and–call us nutty–it seemed like those who wanted to kick this Administration out of town last November would have some difficulty doing that,” says White House spokesman Trent Duffy.

Well, I won’t call you “nutty”, but I will call you a filthy partisan bribe-seeking whore. Good enough? (No offense intended to the hard working sisters in the International Order of Manual Release Technicians)

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