Sunshine Week Commentary
By Benjamin C. Bradlee
Access is a mixed blessing. It gives the reporter opportunities to delve deeper and deeper in search of truth, and it gives those who are accessed opportunities to manipulate that truth, a little or a lot or beyond all recognition. Many reporters feel that they need a level of super access to do their job, and politicians get the message. They give selected reporters this super access and the great manipulation madness is underway . . .