Thursday, December 24, 2009

On this day: the end of Iran-Contra

On the Christmas Eve news dump in 1992, lame duck president George H.W. Bush pardoned the participants in the Iran-Contra Scandal just before the end of his term.

It was also the end of the term in the news. It had been on the decline for years, and while the 1992 pardons bumped it up a tad, Iran-Contra would continue downwards.

In other words, we already knew all about Iran-Contra, and figured there would be a pardon. Even the report, which came out in 1994, barely provided a coverage bump. Since the, well, there've been bigger fish to fry.

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