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I was listening to National Public Radio (search) last night on my way to pick up my daughter at camp.

I wanted to hear the latest about former National Security Adviser Sandy Berger (search) and allegations that he secreted highly classified documents out of the National Archives. I kept waiting and waiting, but after 10 minutes of the other days’ news, the story didn’t come on.

Finally, after a local affiliate break, NPR had a piece that focused on speculation about whether Republicans had leaked the story to “deflect attention from the upcoming release of the Sept. 11 commission's report, expected to be highly critical of the Bush administration.”

Of course, there’s certainly a political side to this leak worth covering. But NPR’s low-horizon coverage of the Berger story made me wonder how the media would have responded if a former Republican NSC advisor had been seen doing the same things.

Wouldn’t NPR and The New York Times have given the story top billing, with editorials linking his activities to a conspiratorial chain?

Considering the daily coverage given to administration critics like Richard Clarke and Amb. Joe Wilson, it’s certainly a possibility that editors at The Times and NPR should consider.

And that’s the Observer.

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