The NY Times Deep Throat

How Chris Cox misused his committee to destroy Wen Ho Lee

And though Cox—who during the 1980s was chief corporate counsel to Orange County's biggest convicted swindler—might replace Janet Reno as the nation's top law-enforcement officer, don't expect the mainstream media to hold him accountable. With rare exceptions (Robert Scheer of the Los Angeles Times in particular), no daily journalist has bothered to document the Cox Committee's role in the Wen Ho Lee scandal. Not even AJR was willing to expose his critical role in manipulating The New York Times and other news sources.

Once again, Cox—who because of his cunning is scarier than former Orange County Congressman Bob Dornan—has evaded responsibility. As far as the American public knows, the USC graduate and corporate lawyer who avoided Vietnam combat is an unblemished patriotic hero. It was U.S. News & World Report that printed and never corrected the following preposterous caption with its sensational June 1999 espionage coverage: "Playing it straight. Chris Cox and his colleagues tried hard."

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