[Vision2020]Sandy Berger Exonerated

Tbertruss at aol.com Tbertruss at aol.com
Fri Aug 6 19:26:28 PDT 2004

Tim L. et. al.

I guess you have trouble reading.  

I said that Berger was cleared of wrong doing, yet there was little attention paid to this in the media.  And that scandals sell news, yet being cleared of guilt does not, relatively speaking, or so it would appear from the way these sorts of events are given coverage.  

I am not necessarily questioning the attention Berger's alleged wrong doing received, but certainly I am questioning the lack of attention paid in the media when he is cleared.  Like many of these political incidents, there is partisan political pressure to hype or not hype events depending on the context.

Do I think Condi Rice would have been given a pass for inadvertently taking documents?  Maybe, maybe not, depending.  Would the media have ignored her being cleared of wrong doing?  This is my point.

Condi Rice has been given a pass to some extent for lying to the American people about the threat of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.  And for someone of her intelligence and education, it is hard for her to claim, as Bush does, that she was "misinformed" due to an "intelligence failure."

But my point is not primarily partisan.
My comment on the Fourth Estate cuts every which way in terms of the integrity, honesty, fairness and relevance of news reporting on every aspect of our world.

Here is my main point again in case you'd like to address it:

The profit motive when allowed to dominate as the sine qua non of the Fourth Estate is destroying democracy.

Ted Moffett

More information about the Vision2020 mailing list