LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Judicial Watch Responds
Monday, June 8, 1998; Page A22
In initially uncovering John Huang and sparking the Chinagate scandal, our accomplishments over the past year and a half in exposing other corruption in the Clinton administration and elsewhere in government show that the hard work and dedication of our attorneys and staff are not fleeting. Why, then, was only one of our numerous supporters -- supporters who are not limited to the conservative movement -- quoted in the article? I am aware that Mr. Segal obtained favorable quotes from a number of sources.
The Post's latest hit piece also failed to reveal that it came at a time when Judicial Watch -- which had just uncovered the illegal release by Clinton political appointees of information in Linda Tripp's Pentagon file -- was seeking to depose Jane Mayer, the wife of William Hamilton, The Post's national editor. In trying to persuade the court to allow her testimony over a claim of journalist's privilege, Judicial Watch had argued that Ms. Mayer, a reporter at the New Yorker, held relevant unprivileged information about the violation of Ms. Tripp's privacy rights. Although The Post mentioned that Mr. Hamilton was the husband of Jane Mayer in a May 1 news story, it did not disclose this information in its profile of me, which ran in the section of the paper in which Mr. Hamilton is a senior editor. This is not fair reporting, particularly because the publication of the article can influence public opinion and the courts about Judicial Watch's activities.
In short, The Post again has demonstrated why conservatives do not trust it to present a balanced account of their goals and accomplishments.
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