Thursday, June 02, 2005

Shallowing Up Deep Throat

RealClearPolitics has a great series of articles linked about Deep Throat, now known to be Former Deputy FBI Director, Mark Felt. If I were to synthesize what they say, I'd probably put it this way: Felt may not have had the purest of motives, but rather than do the wrong thing and clam up, he began a cycle that brought down Richard Nixon. But he didn't do the better thing of taking it to the prosecutor. Nonetheless, the right thing happened. Nixon left office.

But the thing that I cannot escape is that the media remains in 1973-1974 when it comes to Republican presidents. Woodward and Bernstein destroyed the Nixon administration, and for good reason. Nixon broke the law and was an all around power hound. But they have never gotten over the addition to the original "gotcha" of Watergate. The desire to land the next Watergate ended Dan Rather's career, and has placed the mainstream media in an fairly uncomfortable position with the public. Rather than reporting the news, they look to shape it in order to twist perceptions. So I'd have to agree with James Pinkerton that it was the high water mark for a bunch of baby boomer journalists who are obsessed with repeating Woodward and Bernstein's success against the disfavored Republican du jour.

But in so doing, it has cost them their credibility and their viewers/readers. If you want to see how well the MSM is doing, check their market share on Drudge, which is reported from time to time. Bias is costly. The media should drink deeply of the Watergate memories. Because their pursuit of that poison and defense of their favored politicians has made them little more than partisan hacks.

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