HOWARD KURTZ, HOST (voice-over): Blaming the press. Larry Craig accuses “The Idaho Statesman” of a vicious witch-hunt to prove he had gay sexual encounters. This after the Republican senator pleaded guilty to a lewd incident in an airport men’s room. Should the paper have published the allegations about Craig’s previous conduct, and why did it spike the story until after the arrest that led to Craig’s resignation? And after Jim McGreevey, Mark Foley and David Vitter, is it open season on politicians’ private lives?
Rough justice? Alberto Gonzales resigns after months of negative stories about misleading testimony and ousted federal prosecutors. Did the media hold the attorney general accountable, or, as the president says, drag his name through the mud?
Plus, “Time” editor Rick Stengel calls for a program of national service. Should news magazines be in the opinion business?
And a quarter century of celebrity scandals. Why it’s harder to move the outrage meter.
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