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Tuesday, October 19, 2004
 

Oregonian and media morality


The old oxymoron. For a century and more, British readers of the popular press (News of the World a pioneer), which morphed into the Murdoch tabloid press, have enjoyed the twofer of high moral dudgeon over exquisitely detailed salacious and often dubiously sourced scandal stories.

The Oregonian's contribution to the genre in a piece raking up three-decades.old allegations of sexual assault against OR-1 Dem Rep David Wu. Even the rag's ombud's treatment comes down against the piece.

(Suggestions that the paper may have run the story to justify the costs of the investigation; or because of criticism that it failed to pursue allegations against former Governor Neil Goldschmidt and Senator Bob Packwood [1].)

  1. An AJR article .


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