Do the Levys and the Media Owe Gary Condit an Apology?
May 29, 2002
by Mary Mostert, Analyst - Banner of Liberty
Last summer, when the search for Chandra Levy was at fever pitch, the nations media, especially the television networks, did a real hatchet job on Congressman Gary Condit, based entirely on an unidentified leak from the Washington, D. C. police department.
Over time, in the minds of most Americans, the charge in the leak that Gary Condit admitted having a romantic relationship with Chandra Levy became a fact. Gary Condit, a man who married at age twenty and thirty-four years later is still married to the same woman, was vilified as an adulterer and, possibly a murderer.
I received some of the most incredible e-mail during that period of time from people who had it all worked out in their heads as to how Gary Condit killed Levy, why he killed her and where the body was buried. I also received an e-mail with a picture of Chandra sitting in front of government buildings in Israel and a story that she was actually in Israel in hiding. Naturally, I didnt use the picture, knowing how easy it is to fake pictures these days.
I would write back and ask how it was possible for Gary Condit to have worked a murder and hiding a body into his busy schedule on the House floor on May 1, 2001, when he voted several times. I received replies saying he could have accomplished it all in the two hours between votes by driving to Chandras apartment, killing her and hiding the body.
Since Condit almost never drives a car to the Capitol, I thought his ability to do that, on foot, would have probably been a superhuman feat.
Of course now that Chandra Levys remains have been found, we suddenly are getting information apparently kept secret by the media and the Washington Police about two other attacks on women in Rock Creek Park within days or weeks of Chandras disappearance. Many other questions need to be answered.
Why did the Washington Police only make a short search of Rock Creek Park after they had arrested Ingmar Guandeque, who attacked the two female joggers in the same area of the Park Levys body was found? Why wasnt Gaundeques first reported attack, a mere two weeks after Chandras disappearance, ever mentioned by the media? And, why did it take the second attack by the same man who is now serving a 10 year prison term for those attacks (1) on July 1, 2002 to move the Washington Police to finally search Rock Creek Park? And, since both of the other attacks took place near where Levys remains were recently found, why did the police fail to thoroughly search that section of the park, instead of wasting so much time and personnel questioning Gary Condit, searching his apartment and demanding lie detector tests?
Everyone knows that a real suspect cannot, under our Constitution, be required to take a test which could lead to them testifying against themselves. While Gaundeque did not volunteer having killed Chandra Levy, he obviously should be the #1 suspect - beginning about May 15, 2001. Why was his very existence kept a secret while the media whipped up a concocted frenzy of suspicion and hate for Gary Condit?
Condits hometown paper, the Modesto Bee, reported Monday, Media interest in Levy wanes. (2) Even Fox News, which had almost daily demands for the resignation of Condit last summer, is not giving the new turn of events much time and space. Robert Zimmerman, a spokesman for Fox News Channel in New York, stated: Already, Fox has scaled back its talk-show coverage of the case. Her body was found. Now itís a whodunit. When there are breaks in the case, there will be some coverage."
Finding the body was not needed when Fox News and other media were trying, convicting and sentencing Gary Condit to political oblivion for his supposed affair, based on an unverifiable rumor. Gary Condit cooperated with the police, but he correctly observed that its not the job of the media to investigate the disappearance of Chandra Levy. Unfortunately, the police did a very poor job of investigating and added fuel to the medias fire.
Condit even answered the medias incredibly stupid questions, such as Connie Chungs Did you kill Chandra Levy? (3) However, he refused to discuss his relationship with Chandra Levy to satisfy the sexual curiosity of reporters. Was it romantic? What did they do? Did Chandra have a crush on him? She dreamed of being faithful to him, a married man, for five years until he retired from politics and then getting married and having his baby.
Right. What every sixty-year-old retiree needs is a new wife, a new baby and a wrecked family?
Actually, theres a lot that Fox News could be talking about. For starters, it could apologize for destroying Condits reputation and for trying to wreck the Condit family. They didnt succeed in wrecking his family. In the words of Chad and Cadee Condit, the Congressmans son and daughter who resigned $110,00 and $52,000 per year jobs in Governor Gray Davis office over the governors negative comments about their dad, (4) The Condits are a very proud and loyal family, not only in the good times but in the darkest hours." That commitment to their family cost all working members of the Condit family their jobs.
Some of the most vicious web sites on the Internet are aimed at Gary Condit. And, I suspect the solidarity of his family will make some of those web sites even more vicious. Gary Condit is still smiling. In an era when most American families are floundering, the strength and solidarity of the Condit family is, or should be, inspiring to others.
Bill Clinton was not driven out of office, even though there was a huge amount of proof laid out in court cases and the Starr Report. Gary Condit has been driven out of office with absolutely no proof that he has done anything immoral, much less illegal.
I think Condits wife Carolyn and his children Chad and Cadee know a whole lot more about the kind of person Congressman Gary Condit is than the rumor mongering commentators and reporters who simply have speculated about what might have happened - just like the people who wrote me e-mail about Levy being buried in a parking lot in Virginia or hiding out in Israel. It was mostly speculation, rumor and outright lies.
I think a lot of people, including Chandras parents, should be ashamed of themselves for what they have done to Gary Condit and what they have tried very hard to do to the Condit family. Its cost the Condit family a small fortune in money - but the most important thing - their family - has survived.
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