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    A Times Editorial

    From gadfly to watchdog


    © St. Petersburg Times
    published August 4, 2002

    This from Howard Kurtz's media column in the Washington Post: "Larry Klayman seems to be getting new respect from much of the media. The founder of the advocacy group Judicial Watch, Klayman, a self-described conservative, was often dismissed as a right-wing gadfly when he was suing the Clinton administration. But now that he's turned his legal guns on the Bush folks, things have changed.

    In reporting (last) month that Klayman had sued Vice President Cheney in connection with his tenure as CEO of the energy firm Halliburton, CBS, CNN and NBC described the organization as "a watchdog group,' while ABC called it "a legal activist group.' "

    So does this mean that the difference between a "right-wing gadfly" and a "watchdog" depends on who is being sued?

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