You might say journalism’s most important product is transparency. Making things perfectly clear is what we newspeople do. Usually that’s a matter of helping our customers to understand people, places, or things in the news. Sometimes our job is made harder when we have to enforce transparency on people or institutions who would like to hide their actions or even their presence.
A case in point, Las Vegas casino mogul Sheldon Adelson’s attempts secretly to buy his hometown newspaper and to have it do his personal dirty work. Maria Bustillos covered the story for the New Yorker..