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February 17, 2013

Your view: Letters to the editor

News organizations are in Obama’s pocket

To the editor:

The great majority of today’s major news organizations have so deeply burrowed into Barack Obama’s voluminous back pocket that when his calves itch, they scratch. In terms of what has evolved as the primary function of federal operations in this administration, i.e., protecting the Administration against legitimate inquiry, PBS and CNN, along with Scott Pelley and CBS, Diane Sawyer and ABC and Brian Williams and NBC act far more as conspirators and insiders than as watchdogs and truth seekers.

Searching and reporting are primary rationales for their existence. The freedom to pursue mandates of inquiry and fact-finding abides in our Constitution precisely so that news organizations remain relatively unfettered in pursuit of credible and significant information for the people.

To say that the cited news groups have fallen short of the mark is much like saying that Bernie Madoff made a few bucks in a penny-ante street hustle.

Consider two presidential situations in our recent past.

Inept, would be spies stumbled through a comedy of errors attempting to bug the office of the Democratic National Committee in Washington’s Watergate hotel in 1972. The wrongdoers turned out to be zealots for what they saw as rightful causes. The perpetrators’ criminal actions soon became secondary to the question of what part, knowledge, or even possible participation in the ill-conceived scheme could be connected to Richard Nixon. As unrelenting inquiries by all media news functions — TV, radio, print, and periodical — intensified, the question became one of whether Nixon was involved in a cover-up of the truth. Nixon eventually resigned his presidency as a result of the Watergate aftermath.

In 1995, Bill Clinton began an affair with an intern. The affair was exposed by a confidante who had secretly taped private conversations. The ensuing scrutiny of all media news operations resulted in a number of public denials from Clinton. He maintained his persona as victim until the intern produced a semen-stained garment, purportedly carrying a Clinton contribution. Within days of this revelation, Clinton acknowledged the inescapable truth he had steadfastly denied.

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