NEWSWATCH by Thomas Griffith: The Greening of a Guerrilla


Against politicians he suspects of major wrongdoing, "the journalist's job is to get the story by breaking into their offices, by bribing, by seducing people, by lying, by anything else to break through that palace guard." This was Robert Scheer speaking, the self-styled "aggressive Berkeley radical" who got Jimmy Carter to confess to lust in his heart in that celebrated Playboy interview. Scheer's own matching candor about his right to lie and cheat seemed to confirm what Richard Nixon and Spiro Agnew once said about the press; Scheer shocked even a number of...

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