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Spokane, Washington / Public Secrets / West Story #790306

CNN Evening News for Wednesday, May 18, 2005
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(Studio: Aaron Brown) The story of Spokane, Washington, Mayor Jim West, who has been accused of sex charges, presented; details given about his seductive conversations online with a minor. [WEST - denies allegations of incidents 24 years ago.] [Spokane attorney Shaun CROSS†- says it is about the chasm between his public stances & private life.] [Before the city council, WEST - asks the people to reserve judgment until he can respond to the allegations.] [Resident Allan LETOURNEAU†, former mayor Sheri BARNARD†- criticize West.]

(Studio: Aaron Brown) Report introduced.

(New York: Jeff Greenfield) The issue of whether it is fair to misrepresent or lie to get a story in the way the "Spokesman-Review" got its story about West examined; details given about the newspaper's hiring of an adult forensics computer expert to pose as a 17-year-old boy on a gay Internet chatroom to trap West & other examples of the media setting up a story. [Kennedy School of Government Alex JONES†, "Spokesman-Review" editor Steve SMITH†- defends the Spokane newspaper's approach to get West under investigation.] The question of whether the ends justifies the means reiterated.

Brown, Aaron;
Greenfield, Jeff

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