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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Carl "Worse than Watergate" Bernstein does it again

Carl Bernstein is the John Dean of journalism.

Bernstein's job now is to declare any Republican scandal, or in the case of Trump, any Fake News scandal, to be worse than Watergate, just like Nixon's old lawyer, John Dean does.

But far from former FBI Director Robert Mueller running an independent investigation, this is a witch hunt to oust President Trump from office in an effort to overturn the 2016 election by any means possible.

Bernstein tried desperately on CNN on Sunday to make this hysteria about Russia to be worse than Watergate. He yammered about a cover up. Watergate's battle cry was that the cover up was worse than the crime, because face it, it was not much of a crime.

Bernstein, his old boss at the Post Leonard Downie, and Brian Stelter delivered a three-man sermon which should have been called "Worse than Watergate" -- the Democratic Party's rally cry against Republicans for 40 years.
BERNSTEIN: We still don't know what this cover up is about. We know there is a cover up. We know that people in the White House, including the president of the United States, have been lying, that his family has been lying. And at the same time, we cannot make an assumption of guilt of either obstruction of justice or, quote, collusion. 
What we have seen in this latest episode is the willingness of Trump's family to be open to subversion of the American electoral process by a hostile foreign power. That in itself is an extraordinary story, an extraordinary acknowledgement really by the Trump family here that it was willing to do this as we see that willingness in the statement itself of Donald Trump in the e-mail. Donald Trump Jr., pardon me, in the e-mail. 
So, that's the new ground but we know very little. We are early in the investigations and it's very important for us in the press to let these investigations proceed and to write and go on the air with what we know, but not with what we don't know. And that's what we're trying to do.
You can have obstruction of justice without an actual crime? Only in Washington would anyone think so.
STELTER: Len, what about the role of leaks here? I was trying to lay out how in late June, reporters started to hear about this meeting that had previously been undisclosed. Should we be noting the role of unanimous sources here and Don Jr.'s emails confirming what the anonymous sources were saying?
DOWNIE: I prefer to call them confidential sources. They are sources who do not want their names used in connection with the information they're providing reporters because they can lose their jobs or worse. Things could happen to them. 
And so, it's understandable why they don't want their names used. In fact, some of them clearly seem to be within the White House itself. Some of them seem within the other parts of the government. And so, it's important for them to maintain their confidentiality. 
And they're very important to the story because they're able to provide information that otherwise cannot be found out because they're inside. They've got -- they have access to documents. They have access to important information. 
Confidential sources? Boy, was America had when it protected journalists from rules the rest of us must follow. Why would this Russian lawyer not be protected as a confidential source to Donald Trump Jr.

Suddenly the Washington Post is a Star Chamber that decides whether to hold a person accountable for his words, or to allow a pissed off employee to exact revenge.

Compare this automatically guilty assumption and coverage to CNN's demand for proof on every single Obama scandal from his close relationship to Bill Ayers (who launched his career), to his mentor Jeremiah Wright (that's what Obama called him), to his financial relationship with convicted businessman Tony Rezko (he enabled the Obamas to buy a McMansion in Chicago), and those were only the ones that came before he was president.

Even then, CNN ignored it.

Until someone goes on the record, all we can conclude is that we are hearing one side that heavily edits the story.

In other words, a typical CNN report.

Our battle cry should be "Remember the Urinating Hookers!"

You know, the ones Bernstein reported on in January.

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  1. A suggestion, Don: "Until someone goes on the record, all we can conclude is that we are hearing one side that heavily edits [ed. note: delete "heavily edits"; insert "made up"] the story."

  2. The democrats and the MSM have only one item left in their toolbox, and they are going to go with it 24/7:

    hysteria (noun) - exaggerated or uncontrollable emotion or excitement, especially among a group of people.

    In Psychiatry, a psychological disorder (not now regarded as a single definite condition) whose symptoms include conversion of psychological stress into physical symptoms (somatization), selective amnesia, shallow volatile emotions, and overdramatic or attention-seeking behavior. The term has a controversial history as it was formerly regarded as a disease specific to women.

    Now may be a good time to invest in anti-depressants and tranquilizers. - Elric

  3. Always remember Bernstein's father was a hard line communist.

  4. All of the Media's fake news does have an effect, though (and that's with only 6% of the public caring about Russia at all). The Media is constantly saying Trump is an evil human being and no one will even shake his hand in the whole world. So polls show that most support Trump's agenda -- still -- but a majority dislike him as a human being. His supporters don't feel that way (well, 89% of them don't) -- but Republican Congressmen sure aren't his supporters.

    I'm just saying that the negative, angry, hateful tone of the 24/7 media is creating an atmosphere where the GOP Congress, for instance, is ignoring everything Republican voters supported and won the 2016 election for the party with a budget that Obama might have submitted (except, to make sure it's really, really unpopular, is also ignoring Trump's pledge to leave Medicare/Medicaid/Social Security alone). And I think it's because the Media have falsely convinced the beltway elite that the whole world hates Trump and every American is against his agenda?!?

    1. I agree with your first paragraph Keith but not the second. The Rep congress has been ignoring supporters wishes for a long time, well before Trump. First they said they couldn't enact anything in the House because they didn't have the Senate. The GOP voters gave them the Senate but they said they couldn't do anything because they didn't have the WH. Now they have everything. They have run out of excuses. They don't WANT to pass the laws that they promised. Period.

      - Tee

    2. Tee, not questioning what you're saying, but spinning off. I've had the impression that Beltway Republicans have been scared of the media criticizing them (like they do, where it's not just a policy debate but racism or Islamophobia, homophobia, and all the rest, where the media questions aren't about the disagreement but why Republicans are so hateful or so against the people, etc.) -- but, now, the GOP reps are just dismissing the cuts Trump submitted (like the Education was just told that the cuts she submitted just weren't going to fly without even apologizing but as if Trump and his cabinet are outliers and not the elected will of the people). I just wanted to add that.

      It does, in a way, support your point about how it isn't just Trump, but everything they run on now since at least 2006 and then don't do (but now, to me, they don't even feel guilty about it).

    3. Sort of a typo I meant to correct from my first comment: When I said 89% of them, I should have said 89% of us (because I strongly support Trump's agenda and the way I said that it might sound as if I no longer did).

      An actual typo is that I left out "Secretary" after "Education" in my reply to Tee.

  5. I'll always remember Carl Bernstein as that embodiment of virtue who was married to Nora Ephron and cheated on her with Margaret Jay -- the wife of Peter Jay, former British ambassador to the United States -- while Ephron was pregnant with their second child. feh feh feh

  6. Woodward and Bernstein are both two-bit hack reporters that owe their entire careers to Mark Felt.

  7. Robert Mitchell Jr.July 19, 2017 at 10:30 PM

    It's nice that the "Press" is finally admitting there was nothing to Watergate. We should enjoy this moment.