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I am writing to protest your categorization of Erwin Chemerinsky’s representation of Valerie Plame as a “liberal cause” [ "Irvine rehires Chemerinsky as dean," Sept. 18]. I have been an attorney here in S.F. since 1981, but my undergraduate degree is in journalism, a subject in which I am still very interested. One of the most upsetting things I have seen in the recent past was Bill Moyer’s documentary on the selling of the war on Iraq by the current administration and the almost total failure of the American media to do anything other than parrot the misinformation fed to it by the administration during the run-up to the war. When I saw your reference to Chemerinsky’s representation of Valerie Plame as another of the “liberal causes” in which he’s been involved, it appeared to me to be another example of a media representative letting someone like Karl Rove decide how current events should be portrayed to the public. It seems to me that no one should have been more upset with the outing of Valerie Plame than the members of our military and intelligence-gathering agencies, who are not ordinarily associated with liberal causes. However, the Bush administration was able to convince the public that only liberals should be upset about the publicizing of the identity of a covert CIA agent. This can only happen when the media fails to question and investigate the pronouncements of the people in power. I view your choice of language as another example of a “journalist” who simply adopted a politically charged characterization, and repeated it for public consumption without reflection.

Gary Alabaster San Francisco

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