Thursday, March 10, 2005

Time and time again, columnist Richard Cohen takes the side of guys caught up in sexual 'escapades' with women they worked with...

Today, it was Cohen coming to the defense of Harry Stonecipher, the CEO of Boeing fired for having had an affair with a Boeing employee. Previously, it was Cohen coming to the defense of Bill O'Reilly, coming to the defense of Bill Clinton, coming to the defense of Gary Condit, and coming to the defense of Schwarzenegger.

Now, Cohen, by all definitions, is a liberal - and liberals typically don't take the sides of the guys (see: Packwood, Robert, and Thomas, Clarence). And a liberal defending the likes of O'Reilly or Schwarzenegger is probably more rare than a conservative defending Justice Kennedy. So, what might account for Cohen's position, for his breaking with the team?

Well, it turns out that a number of years ago, Cohen himself was on the receiving end of some unwanted attention in this area. Cohen vehemently denied the charges and the matter eventually went away (with a settlement or withdrawal of the charges, I do not know).

The reason I bring this up is not to argue with Cohen (I think he's probably right on half of what he wrote), but to illuminate the issue of disclosure in the media. Here's a columnist who continually writes on this topic, yet doesn't inform his readership of what might be his (understandable) bias on this subject. I know he writes opinion and not news, but I would expect a former soldier to be identified as such, a crime victim to be identified as such, and one accused of improprieties to be identified as such when writing about that topic.

And the MSM complains about the blogosphere as being unsupervised...