It’s not the crime but the cover-up.” This adage has been so often repeated in the media over the years since its origin during the Watergate scandal that it is likely taken for granted as true by most people, even though it obviously enunciates a doctrine made-to-order for the interests of the media themselves. To the self-styled specialists in uncovering and exposing things which, once uncovered and exposed, can be characterized as cover-ups (covers-up?), such things must be as many and as scandalous as possible in their own right, and without bothering very much about whether or not there has been any crime to be covered up in the first place. We have now arrived at the point where the crime is the cover-up and just because it covers something up, whether the information reserved from the media be incriminating or only embarrassing—or even...


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