people would agree on the way our government is supposed to run:
Citizens elect men and women they trust to represent them, and those
elected respond to the voters' wishes and keep them well informed.
In public, our current officials would probably also agree that
this is how they are supposed to act. Watergate is dismissed as
a regrettable but unique anomaly; that bears no relation to present-day
The distance between
"supposed to" and reality, however, has rarely stretched
wider. Our government responds to the pressure of special-interest
groups, not the voters. These warring political action committees
(PACs), which have wedged themselves between the people and their
representatives, have twisted the electoral and lawmaking processesand
our cultureinto their current dysfunctional shapes.
Afraid to admit the
favors they owe PACs for campaign contributions and favors received,
elected officials struggle to preserve an illusion of legitimacy,
while pretending to uphold a constitution which demands accountability
to the public at large.
The situation is little
better among their bureaucratic support staff who often do the bidding
of the latest incumbents without questioning the ethics or even
legality of their actions. Worse, yet, somedeeply entrenched
in corruption of their ownignore the elected officials.
Many reporters for major
news media also betray the public trust by rarely asking hard-ball
questions. The following dialogue between talk show host Johnny
Carson and CBS Newsanchor Connie Chung on January 30, 1990, is a
case in point:
Carson: "How much of the national news that you report to the
public each night consists of information you've actually gone out
and dug up on your own?"
Chung: "In all honesty, Johnny, we are often at the mercy of
the White House for the news we report. Frequently, we simply repeat
verbatim what the White House tells us."
An October 1977 Rolling
Stone interview with Washington Post reporter Carl Bernstein revealed
an even more dangerous situation. It cited official CIA documents
showing that during its previous 25 years the agency had bribed
more than 400 of the leading U.S. news services to hide various
CIA activities from the public. Those accepting bribes included
CBS, NBC, ABC; The New York Times; Newsweek; Time, Inc.; United
Press International and the Associate Press.
The facade of "honesty"
constructed by public officials and unchallenged by the media has
long looked impenetrable, but cracks are beginning to show. Quoted
in Newsweek and U.S. News and World Report, Frederick Whitehurst,
supervisory special agent in the FBI laboratory, has accused his
own agency of "tainting and altering evidence."
On March 22, 1997, the
Los Angeles Times reported:
The Justice Department
inspector general's office has determined that the FBI crime laboratory
made "scientifically unsound" conclusions in the Oklahoma
City bombing case, finding that supervisors approved lab reports
they "cannot support" and many analyses were "biased
in favor of the prosecution."
As reported in national
media in April 1997, the Internal Revenue Service fired 23 employees
for snooping through tax returns. It disciplined another 349 and
"counseled" 472 more for the same offense. All told, at
least 844 IRS staff were involved. The offense is punishable by
a year in prison. What do YOU think?
Despite all the media
coverage, the American public is still in the dark about TWA Flight
800, the Oklahoma City bombing, savings and loan scandal, Whitewater,
Ruby Ridge and Waco, not to mention the JFK, RFK and Martin Luther
King assassinations and thousands of more recent but less spectacular
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