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June 01, 2005

Deep Throat vs. the British Memo

A reader complains:

The main source of a 30-year-old story about a bungled burglary makes huge headlines at major newspapers across the country, but the discovery of a British memo proving that current president committed a far more serious crime -- repeatedly lying to promote a war -- elicits not so much as a peep from the mainstream press.

Have you members of the 4th Estate really been so miserably cowed? If you have, why do you even bother going to work each morning? You might as well be selling real estate -- it pays better.

Drew Poulin

My reply:

Watergate was a whole lot more than "a 30-year-old story about a bungled burglary." It was a story that brought down President Nixon. And the story of 'Deep Throat' entered popular culture via a famous movie. Also it is a case of the press writing about itself, and itself in a flattering pose, so we tend to make much of it.

And we did cover the memo to some extent here and here (though I can't find our original story, to which the letter refers).

I think the memo was not covered so much because it was foreign, and because it corroborated a story that has come out already, namely that the Bush people wanted to get Saddam from Day One. I think we should have covered it more than we did.

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Posted by Bruce Ramsey at June 1, 2005 09:24 AM



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