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March 26, 2004
Questions of Journalistic Integrity Might Even Be Raisedby Ron Hogan
Ordinarily, I wouldn't even deign to comment on the New York Post cover story on Michael Bergin's tell-all, The Other Man: A Love Story: John F. Kennedy Jr., Carolyn Bessette, & Me. But late this afternoon it dawned on me: though Post reporters had quite recently attacked Viacom for putting Simon & Schuster author Richard Clarke on CBS' 60 Minutes, this "article" (really nothing more than a cover advert for Monday's serialization) somehow neglected to mention just who's publishing the book: fellow Murdochian Judith Regan.
Other New York-based commentators may be too high-handed to mention such a hypocritical oversight, but, hell, I'm not proud. Yes, I'm aware of the argument one might make that, ultimately, former counterterrorists should be held to a higher standard than washed-up TV actors. But you know what? It's not about the authors, but about the media conglomerates promoting their products. Shame, shame, Col Allen, I say. (Then again, shame, shame, Judith Regan, for even publishing the damn thing, but...well, that joke pretty much writes itself.)
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