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Thursday, June 09, 2005

Felt and the MSM

Coulter was very funny today.

Especially the stuff about the lies in All The President's Men. You can't see the flower pot from the street, "Deep Throat" was not playing in DC at the time and we had not invaded Cambodia in Xmas of 1968 yet (sorry, that was Kerry's BS story). I also liked her comments on Felt and his "free-love flower-girl" daughter.

On Felt:

"Felt leaked details of the Watergate investigation to the Washington Post only because he had lost a job promotion – making him the Richard Clarke of the Watergate era. This will come as small consolation to the Cambodians and Vietnamese tortured and slaughtered as a direct result of Nixon's fall. Oh, well. At least we got a good movie and Jimmy Carter out of it.

Ironically, only because of Watergate – which Felt helped instigate – could a nitwit like Jimmy Carter ever become president – a perch from which Carter pardoned draft dodgers and prosecuted Mark Felt. No wonder Felt kept denying he was 'Deep Throat'."

On the daughter:

"[She] was estranged from her father for decades on account of her rejection of conventional bourgeois institutions like marriage. Now she is broke – because of her rejection of conventional bourgeois institutions like marriage. (Too bad she didn't follow Pop's advice to "follow the money.")

She lives in a house bought for her by her father... and said she decided to reveal her father as Deep Throat to try to make some more money. "I'm still a single mom," she explained, "I am not ashamed of this." She ought to be. See, the idea of marriage is to get a man other than your own father to support you while you raise children. (Guess what she does? That's right! She's a teacher!)"

Bob Scheiffer was on Imus this morning and quoted Woodward who recently said he was just "Trying to find out what happened". Scheiffer said this is all that good journalists want to do. When the bad ones, I guess those "few bad apples", fail to do so and fabricate "what happened" then the field of journalism suffers. I was a big fan of the W&B book and always agreed with the need to pursue and prosecute Nixon. Still do.

But, besides misreporting what happened, when the MSM deliberately quashes stories that place their preferred politicians and public figures in a bad light, journalism deserves even greater scorn. And WaPo's performance since Watergate is particularly deserving of our scorn.

Again, as respects the clear fabrications by W&B in their reporting of Watergate, I close with another quote from Coulter:

We might have known all this before 1993 if America's ever-vigilant watchdog media had been, say, half as skeptical of Bob Woodward's claims as they were of Juanita Broaddrick's.

Was quashing the allegations of sexual assault by Clinton, quashing the swift-boat captains stories during the last campaign, quashing anything that challenges the liberal world-view, reporting "what happened"? Or are sins of omission less egregious?

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