The week after Berkley bombshell

The Liberal Nevada Media Echo Chamber has done what it can to tamp down the New York Times story clearly showing Rep. Shelley Berkley put money in her own purse by intervening to save her husband's lucrative hospital contract at UMC.

It was a bombshell of a story and it, without doubt, wounded Berkley's chances of winning a statewide race for U.S. Senate.

The Las Vegas Sun, whose publisher and editor have given money to Berkley for previous campaigns, was the first to try to cover things up. The newspaper exonerated Berkley of her actions before the ink on the Times story had dried. And, ironically, the Sun did so without disclosing its own conflict.

But despite the effort to cover up this story, it's not going away.

First, Berkley isn't denying the facts. She's just disputing the motivation. She says she was merely doing the right thing for Nevadans. But the fact stubbornly remains: What she calls the right thing for Nevadans was also a specific and unique financial boon to herself.

She and her liberal media pals can say all they want that her motivations were pure.

But how can anyone really know that? Who can enter the head of Rep. Berkley and say for sure that this wasn't an ugly self enrichment plan? And how do we know there aren't more?

What Nevadans should expect from an elected representative, especially those who go to Washington, D.C., and operate without much local scrutiny, is that they exhibit the strength of character to avoid actual and apparent conflicts of interest.

In that, Shelley Berkley failed.