Another weekend busted

One lesson the Washington reporter learns very quickly is that he or she should never EVER have unbreakable plans for the weekend. It’s a major strain on the relationships that newspersons have with significant others who can accept only so many disappointments resulting from the Friday night news dump.

The unpredictable dump has become sadly predictable. For good reasons and bad, officials wait until most people have stopped paying attention because they’re focusing on their Saturday and Sunday activities, errands and fun stuff, and not on the incessant scandals that define politics. That’s why Friday evening becomes the preferred time to release the definitive reports, to minimize embarrassment when sane people aren’t watching. But we are, and must scramble to cover the new developments.



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