Press: Confessions of A Closet Leftist

A veteran reporter reveals his 24-year undercover career

The debate over political bias in the press is as old as newspapers themselves. For years right-wing critics have complained that the U.S. news media are a bastion of anti-Establishment liberalism, while left-of-centers charge that ownership by corporate conglomerates has turned the country's newspapers and TV networks into profit-hungry servants of the Establishment. Rarely, however, does the debate get down to cases. What would happen, for example, if a radical socialist went to work, politically incognito, for some of the nation's most prestigious newspapers?

That is the question raised by the extraordinary confession of veteran reporter A. Kent MacDougall. Writing in...

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