Political Scandals

May 27, 1994 • Volume 4, Issue 20
Is the obsession with scandal hurting the nation?
By Kenneth Jost


President Clinton is being dogged by accusations of wrongdoing involving events long before he entered the White House -- a failed real estate venture called Whitewater, Hillary Rodham Clinton's profits in commodities trading and an alleged sexual advance toward a state worker while Clinton was governor of Arkansas. The accusations dramatize the increased attention to political scandals in recent years. Yet polls show most Americans think that Whitewater has gotten too much news coverage and that the media are paying too much attention to Clinton's private life. Many experts believe an obsession with uncovering corruption and wrongdoing is hurting the political system. But they also say the media, political groups and the public show no sign of losing their appetite for scandal.

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Jan. 31, 2014  Whistleblowers
Feb. 18, 2011  Lies and Politics
Apr. 30, 2010  Gridlock in Washington
Jun. 22, 2007  Prosecutors and Politics
Jun. 16, 2006  Pork Barrel Politics
May 07, 1999  Independent Counsels Re-Examined
Feb. 21, 1997  Independent Counsels
May 27, 1994  Political Scandals
Apr. 06, 1979  Assassinations Investigation
Dec. 05, 1973  Presidential Impeachment
May 16, 1973  Ethics in Government
May 10, 1961  Secret Societies and Political Action
Jun. 29, 1960  Conflicts of Interest
Oct. 26, 1955  Businessmen in Government
Apr. 07, 1954  Fair Investigations
Apr. 25, 1952  Congressional Immunity
Dec. 05, 1951  Ethics in Government
Jan. 28, 1948  Individual Rights and Congressional Investigations
Jul. 02, 1934  Political Reform and Federal Patronage
Mar. 07, 1924  Congressional Extravagance and the Budget
Nov. 12, 1923  Issues Developed in the Teapot Dome Inquiry
Civil Rights: Women
Investigations and Discipline
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