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Ben Marrison asks tough questions and exposes the frighteningly flawed Strickland Department of Public Safety

The Editor of the Columbus Dispatch, Ben Marrison, had a scathing editorial in Sunday’s Dispatch. In it, he details a frightening trend of obfuscation and attack-style politics that should leave even the most hardened liberal with a bad taste in their mouth:

The inspector general’s report was largely cited as the reason the Senate did not confirm Collins-Taylor. The report said Collins-Taylor lied because evidence indicated that she had called off the sting, while she said the head of the patrol had made the call.

Investigators, however, pointed to comments made by patrol spokeswoman Lindsay Komlanc after the story broke, saying that Collins-Taylor made the decision to stop the sting. Initially, Komlanc complained that one of our stories failed to say the director made the call.

When asked by state investigators about The Dispatch’s story, Komlanc said we got it wrong. Asked about the other stories in which she said the same thing, Komlanc said the other reporters got it wrong, too. It strikes me as odd that, somehow, every reporter got it wrong in the same way.

And that’s just a sampling of the mess within.

Make no mistake, these aren’t career bureaucrats. These are political appointees of the Strickland Administration forcing the Dispatch to ask the rhetorical question: “If we can’t trust the Department of Public Safety to abide by state law, whom can we trust?”

That’s astounding to me.

And what will be the Democrats’ answer to this editorial? The safe bet? More attacks.

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