Letter: Columnist questioned

April 19, 2014 

They say, "You can't trust the Liberal media."

I wonder if we can trust David H. Brown (In Focus, April 13).

He wrote, "Several excellent histories describe what really caused the housing crash. The most remarkable is Reckless Endangerment: How Outsized Ambition, Greed and Corruption Led to Economic Armageddon, by Gretchen Morgenson." Later, Brown writes, "Morgenson notes the irony that the two politicians most responsible for the mess have their names attached to the law that is supposed to fix it: The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act."

But Morgenson wrote: "The cast of characters that helped create the mess continues to hold high positions or are holding jobs of even greater power." She then lists William Daley, Tim Geithner, Tom Donilon and Tom Nides."

Morgenson also wrote: "The irony of having two of the nation's most strident defenders of Fannie Mae sponsoring the new reform act was lost on few of those who knew the entire sordid Fannie story."

According to Morgenson, Dodd and Frank defended Fannie-Mae, but they were not "the two most responsible for the mess." Although, they were part of it.

Dodd is not even listed in her among her 52 "characters" -- Democrats and Republicans -- at the book's beginning.

D. L. (ANDY) ANDERSON, Richland

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