Wednesday, May 31, 2006

A different take on Barry Bonds' book

Columnist Lee Benson (pictured) of Salt Lake City's Deseret Morning News says something in his column this morning we haven't heard discussed often in Bay Area media about the book accusing Barry Bonds of taking steriods. Benson's point is that the book by SF Chronicle reporters Mark Fainaru-Wada and Lance Williams extensively uses grand jury testimony that is supposed to be secret. Even printing it is a violation of the law. "Theirs is the usual fourth estate excuse: The public has a right to know, and if they didn't print it, someone else would," Benson writes. "In other words, as Barry Bonds might say if he could ever find it within himself to muster the truth, sometimes mitigating circumstances make breaking the law justifiable." Benson points out that neither the Chronicle nor Bonds are likely to ever be punished for their lawlessness. Both the newspaper and the Giants slugger have high-priced lawyers who will help them to beat any rap.

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