Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Money Changes Everything

Maybe many of you are too young to remember 1973, when the Watergate scandal was headline news, and the young investigative reporters Woodward and Bernstein turned Washington upside down and unraveled the Nixon Presidency. Those of you who remember those times remember another war gone horribly wrong, and the small petty crime of a break-in that shook the pillars of power and caused the mighty to fall. I remember thinking a hundred times in the last three years that we could really use Woodward and Bernstein back on the job at the Washington Post.

Or maybe just Bernstein.

Bob Woodward has completely sold out journalism for easy access to the Bush Administration. When the Washington Post got scooped this year about the identity of Deep Throat, the 70's version of an "anonymous high level official", it was probably because Woodward had his nose so far up the ass of the Bush Administration, he didn't bother to keep up with the guy who gave him his first break as a young reporter. After all, all of those lucrative book deals bring in an awful lot of income, and who really cares about some old guy from the 70's, when you are having lunch at the White House and working on the new book, "Everyone Loves George".

It wouldn't piss me off so much if I didn't remember Bob Woodward as a hero. And I can understand that news anchors are paid these amazing salaries, and it's hard to go back to the days of studio apartments and brown bag lunches.But Bob Woodward had knowledge of a crime. If he was protecting his source as he claimed, he could have just said nothing about the Plame scandal. Instead, at every opportunity, he dissed Patrick Fiztgerald, and said that the crime of outing a CIA agent was nothing more than harmless Washington gossip.

Right now, we have to put Bob Woodward into the class of journalistic prostitution with Judith Miller. These folks concealed a crime and protected liars. The lie in this case unfortunately does not carry the harmless discharge of Presidential Splooge as it did in the last decade, the silence of these comfortable journalists protects those who would sacrifice the lives of American children for a war that was ill conceived and now has gone horribly wrong.

I'm not buying books from either of these News Hoes. I hope you don't either.

posted at 4:52:00 PM by Tankwoman

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