June 01, 2005

Journalism Syllogism

If everyone knows that the lesson of Watergate was that the cover-up is worse than the crime...

And if, until W. Mark Felt was officially outed yesterday as Deep Throat, Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein conspired with Felt to cover up Felt's identity by any means necessary, including repeatedly lying and even forcing Bernstein's son to lie...

Does that mean Woodward, Bernstein, and Felt are all worse than criminals?

Posted by John Tabin at June 1, 2005 12:47 AM

What Felt did was absolutely reprehensible and possibly illegal for all I know. The media and the left wing (frequently indistinguishable) will
make him into some sort of hero. I am surprised this isnt being released right at the 2006 elections but the media powers probably believe that Felt might not be around then to take bows.

What Felt, Woodword, and Bernstein did was not honorable. ANd you can bet if it had been a liberal pres who was so involved they would have sat on the information. Remember Bernstein going on talk show after talk show after talk show saying what Clinton did somehow didnt RISE TO THE LEVEL of an impeachable offense. Let me promise u he wouldnt have done it if clinton was a repub.

My question is why on earth would anyone Do a watergate breakin OR cover it up. Nixon was running against a political ZERO in mcgovern (whose people nevertheless managed to capture foreign policy of the Dem party afterwards).


Posted by: lt at June 1, 2005 03:15 PM

Felt, like Matt Drudge, is a hero for exposing wrongdoings in the White House.

It's insane to try and defend Richard Nixon. And it is admirable to expose a crime.

Posted by: Downtown Lad at June 1, 2005 05:47 PM

Does that mean Woodward, Bernstein, and Felt are all worse than criminals?
Certainly not Woodward and Bernstein. They never broke any laws. So no, they are not worse than criminals. And there's nothing illegal about lying, as long as it is not under oath.

Felt is a criminal, but not for his role in Watergate. That's why Reagan had to pardon him.

Posted by: Downtown Lad at June 1, 2005 06:24 PM

Downtown Lad, tell me, why is it insane to defend Richard Nixon? It is now clear that Nixon did not order the Watergate break-ins, but was guilty merely of loyalty to people who worked for him. (Can you imagine Bill Clinton going to the mat for his underlings?) Furthermore, you miss the whole point John was making; if covering something up is worse than the actual act, then Felt, Woodward, and Bernstein are guilty because they engaged in a coverup. John is exercising logic; a is to b and b is to c, then a is to c. I`m afraid you missed his point entirely.

Posted by: Tim Birdnow at June 1, 2005 09:54 PM

Actually, if Felt was leaking grand jury information and FBI investigation material - and he was as he has now publicly admitted - he indeed is a criminal as both of those activities are felonies. That's beyond his actually conviction for illeagal wiretaps, etc. - for which he has already been pardoned.

Sorry, not much of a hero. But in that sordid affair who was?

Posted by: Dwilkers at June 6, 2005 08:06 AM