June 3, 2005


Completing the Watergate picture (Pat Buchanan, June 3, 2005, Townhall)

And so it turns out that the two most famous investigative reporters of all time were a pair of stenographers for an FBI hack who was ratting out President Nixon for passing him over as director.

That corrupt cop, Mark Felt, should be named co-winner of the 1973 Pulitzer Prize given to The Washington Post. For it appears Felt swiped the research for the Post's Watergate stories from FBI files, while Woodward did rewrite and Bernstein was on the coffee-and-Danish run.

The Post was scooped on the outing of "Deep Throat" by Felt's family. Understandably. The Felts resent that Woodward and Bernstein got rich and famous, while 91-year-old Mark, who did the dirty work, is feeding pigeons at the nursing home. The Felts now want their cut of the swag. Deep Throat was right, "Follow the money!"

Richard Nixon was a personally corrupt sleaze whose liberal domestic policies and apopeaement of Communism did terrible damage to the nation and the world--he deserved far worse than he got. But the honorable thing for Mr. Felt to do would have been to resign and tell everything he knew in public. It was his civic duty.

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 3, 2005 12:00 AM

No doubt that O.J. is right about Nixon. That said, the fallout from the Watergate scandal was a disaster for the country and the world. There is a direct connection between the scandal and the horror that gripped southeast Asia and the string of successes for Cuban and Soviet involvement in the world up to and through Reagan's Presidency. America's enemies are still emboldened by the events of 1975.

On balance, I'd have preferred Nixon's crimes went unpunished.

Posted by: Kevin Bowman at June 3, 2005 12:46 PM

"been to resign and tell everything he knew in public. It was his civic duty."

Wasn't he being paid to enforce the law. If he knew of violations of the law, shouldn't he have presented the evidence to the appropriate prosecutor?

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at June 3, 2005 11:40 PM