Not to worry, newsies think we're most corrupt


N4N is taking the day off, so expect limited blogging today . . .

Last week, Brassband, writing at RI's Future, took note of a Politico list in which Rhode Island didn't place among the 35 most corrupt states. 

Yesterday, the NYT Week in Review went a little deeper:

Number of Guilty OfficialsGraphic

Number of Guilty Officials

The Guilty, per CapitaGraphic

The Guilty, per Capita

A Survey of JournalistsGraphic

A Survey of Journalists

Meanwhile, Frank Rich offers this related observation:
ROD BLAGOJEVICH is the perfect holiday treat for a country fighting off depression. He gift-wraps the ugliness of corruption in the mirthful garb of farce. From a safe distance outside Illinois, it’s hard not to laugh at the “culture of Chicago,” where even the president-elect’s Senate seat is just another commodity to be bought and sold.

But the entertainment is escapist only up to a point. What went down in the Land of Lincoln is just the reductio ad absurdum of an American era where both entitlement and corruption have been the calling cards of power. Blagojevich’s alleged crimes pale next to the larger scandals of Washington and Wall Street. Yet those who promoted and condoned the twin national catastrophes of reckless war in Iraq and reckless gambling in our markets have largely escaped the accountability that now seems to await the Chicago punk nabbed by the United States attorney, Patrick Fitzgerald.

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