Thursday, November 17, 2005

Why Carl Bernstein is much cooler than Bob Woodward

While Bob Woodward is busy selling throwaway books and shilling as a mainstream DC media mouthpiece for the Bush administration (as if the administration doesn't have enough of those), Carl Bernstein still seems to possess the critical-minded wisdom that fueled his reporting of the Watergate robbery and cover-up some thirty plus years ago:
"But what the Plame leak investigation has unveiled is what the press should have been focusing on long before and without let up--how we went to war, the dishonesty involved in that process in terms of what the president and vice-president told the American people and the Congress, and the routine smearing by members of the Bush administration of people who questioned their actions and motives."

Bernstein compared that to the way the Watergate investigation uncovered widespread dishonesty in the Nixon administration in a similar way. "Beware of exact comparisons," he said. "However, in Watergate, the cover-up of the role of Nixon's aides in the Watergate break-in led to the discovery by the press and the political institutions of the larger crimes -- the so called 'White House horrors' -- meaning the constitutional crimes of the president and his men.

"In the case of the disclosure of the identity of Valerie Plame, there also has been a political cover-up, not necessarily a criminal one, having to do with the question of how we went to war and the smearing of this administration's opponents," he added. "The question of whether or not there is criminal culpability by Lewis Libby or Karl Rove is less-important, I believe, than the fact that their actions have finally shed light on questions that long ago should have been examined much more closely by the press and the political establishment, and particularly the president's fellow Republicans."
As someone on a Crooks and Liars thread said of Bob Woodward, "I liked you better when you were Robert Redford." Amen.

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