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Scandal and Silence: When the Watchdog Doesn't Bark

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Published on Mar 21, 2013

Director Frank Sesno and Professor Robert Entman hosted Michael Isikoff (National Investigative Correspondent, NBC News), Egil "Bud" Krogh (a former Nixon staffer and Senior Fellow, Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress) and Mara Liasson (National Political Correspondent, NPR) to debate the issues of Entman's latest book, "Scandal and Silence."

The conventional wisdom holds that media crave and actively pursue scandals whenever they sense corruption, keeping politicians honest, or at least fearful of being exposed. "Scandal and Silence" argues instead that:

- Media neglect most corruption, providing too little, not too much scandal coverage.
- Feeding frenzies are the exception, not the rule.
- It's not the media but governments and political parties that drive the scandal process and any excesses that occur.
- Cover-ups and lying often work, and truth remains essentially unrecorded, unremembered.

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