Thursday, February 14, 2002 Volume 67, Issue 93



Media hunts for scandals, not truth

Joshua DeLano

I believe Steven Brill put it best when he said, "When it comes to arrogance, power and lack of accountability, journalists are probably the only people on the planet who make lawyers look good."

We see it every day, from the nearly crying reporters the night of "Indecision 2000" when the news media first thought the Democrats lost to Bush, to the pack of ravenous wolves rushing to the Enron scandal.

What I speak of is this thing I affectionately like to call the "liberal media monster." It feeds on scandal and reports what is entertaining, rather than facts and truth. Any time a conservative can be tied to anything even remotely incriminating, the media monster reports it as if it were fact.

Well, if it isn't fact and it's reported as if it were, then what is it? That's the bread and butter of the liberal media: If it looks good, true or not, report it. If it makes members of the Republican Party look bad in any way, we'll tie them to it.

One thing you can notice when the media talks about Enron and the Bush Administration lately is a large amount of "would be" and "could be" type of language.

What you will not hear about, hypocritically, is how Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe turned a $100,000 investment into $18 million before the downfall of the dot-com giant Global Crossing (the fourth largest bankruptcy in history).

What you also won't hear is that Global Crossing was a top donor to the Clinton administration, and nowhere do we hear about the chairman of Global Crossing playing golf with President Clinton in 1999 so he could schmooze the former president by donating a million dollars. That's right one million dollars, not exactly the $100,000 the Bush campaign received from Enron.

While we're on the subject of Enron, let's talk about how the liberal media blew that out of proportion. Enron did contribute to the Republican National Committee and the Bush Administration, but it also kicked out $50,000 to the Democratic National Committee and Al Gore's campaign. That is what is known as covering your tail. Corporations do this so that whoever is elected won't target their company when they get into office.

Enron giving this amount is the equivalent of you or I kicking out $1.50 to those parties, because that is the relative amount to our means of donation. To the everyday Joe, $150,000 sounds like a lot of money, but to big corporations it's like, "Here, take this and go away; just leave us alone when you get into office."

We won't hear this kind of clarity and logical truth reported in today's liberal media. That's why I, the harbinger of truth and intelligent journalism, must make up for these two-comma pre-Madonna liberal reporters who are in the pocket of the DNC.

We won't hear about how Terry McAuliffe operated out of a Washington, D.C., office owned by Global Crossing chairman Gary Winnick. We won't hear about how a major fundraiser for Sen. Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) was bought and paid for by Global Crossing. Let's just say that money is the bottom line in politics and also for the liberal media.

This isn't to say Enron is by any means innocent; former chairman Kenneth Lay should pay for what he's done. But there has been nothing clearly tying the Bush Administration to the scandal. 

The entire liberal media monster can and will muster a lot of maybes and could-bes. Why aren't leading Democrats Carl Levin and Joe Lieberman initiating a "non-partisan" investigation into Global Crossings dealings the way they so passionately have with Enron?

And why haven't we heard about the more than $300,000 in donations given to Sen. Joe Lieberman (D-Conn.)? The total money given to his New Democrat Network and the 2000 Gore campaign came from none other than Enron, Arthur Andersen and Enron's largest creditor, Citigroup.

How about McAuliffe? Maybe he and the DNC will use the $50,000 to pay reparations to those Enron employees who got taken for their life savings ... That's doubtful.

The liberal media monster reports the names of Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney in every news flash, with Enron right next to them. Yet, mysteriously, we have a direct tie with McAuliffe and the bankruptcy of Global Crossing that the media somehow just happened to miss it just kind of slipped through the cracks.

We don't hear that seven of the 10 richest senators are Democrats. Yeah, sure they feel the pain of the working man. Not to say there aren't good Democrats, but Hillary Clinton sure isn't in that category.

We talk about stereotypes and biases quite often when someone steps into the batter's box and takes a whack at the Democrats. But I've been told I only seek to vilify the Democrats. Well, isn't that what they always attempt to do with the Republicans?

I am glad to do my country a service by writing the truth and not emotions. I don't need a touchy-feely utopian high in my columns of things that don't exist. I leave that to the liberal media monster.

DeLano, a sophomore political science major,
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