Newswatch Thomas Griffith: Washing Dirty Linen in Public

There comes a time when newspapers, so relentless in pursuit of wrongdoers in government, find that they have wrongdoers on their own staffs. It can happen anywhere; what matters is what the newspaper then does about it: Does it hush up the story, or go all out to report it?

In times past, any scandal reflecting on a newspaper might have been acknowledged briefly, if at all, back among the truss ads. But the best papers have learned from Watergate a lesson that officeholders in government are still learning: any attempt to cover up or to play down a scandal is...

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