Nov
01
1991

The Press as Gates-Keeper

Coverage of a CIA Nominee

In her novel Damage, Josephine  Hart wrote that the modern expres­sion of guilt brings its own absolu­tion: "Say the guilt prayer 'I feel guilty,' and hey presto, that's the punishment." So it was with President Bush's nomi­nee to head the CIA, Robert Gates, who appeared (and said the prayer) before the Senate Intelligence Committee this fall. And so it would be, no doubt, for the press—except that the press so rarely stoops to atone. The newspapers of record—the New York Times and Washington Post ­reported extensively on the Gates hear­ings, publishing, in the case of the Times, many pages of […]