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Keep in mind as you read this that I am a media jackal, and Minnesota governor Jesse Ventura doesn’t care for the media. “The media hold a double standard about whose opinions they’ll print,” he says. “Whenever I say or do something, the media go looking for someone to counter it. They’ll take any source as long as the source says something negative.” As for journalistic ethics, “I don’t think journalists today put any time into finding out what is factual. If it’s an exciting story that their editors will splash out there, they could care less whether it’s true. And, I believe, they could care less who gets hurt over it. . . .” In his new book, Do I Stand Alone? Going to the Mat Against Political Pawns and Media Jackals, Ventura claims to believe that the enmity between politicians and the media is a post-Watergate phenomenon. Apparently, Ventura isn’t familiar with Rutherford B. Hayes’s press problems. Despite a congressional committee’s determination that it was Hayes who had been elected president, the Washington Post continued to insist that Samuel J. Tilden was the winner. The Post referred to Hayes throughout his administration as “the acting President,” “the bogus President,” and “his fraudulency.” Ventura will be signing copies of his book and we jackals will be listening for sound bites we can take out of context at noon Tuesday, Sept. 19, at Olsson’s Books & Records, 418 7th St. NW. Free. (202) 638-7610. (Janet Hopf)