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June 2, 2005

What They're Saying About Deep Throat

This is going to be fun.

I bet you're all wondering what (if anything) the national wingnuts have to say about Deep Throat (The Watergate source, not the movie or the act). We'll taking a cue from Josh Marshall over at TalkingPointsMemo.com, here's a few choice grumblings.

Robert Novak says:

Mark Felt, finally revealed as the "Deep Throat" who divulged the Watergate scandal, is wearing the hero's laurel 32 years later. But that designation comes across as peculiar to those of us who lived through the turbulent times.

Felt deserves praise for breaking the rules as FBI associate director, providing Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein of the Washington Post the guidance to determine whether they were on the correct path in uncovering the machinations of President Nixon.

However, Felt was considered by reformers at the FBI to be part of the problem rather than the solution. He was viewed as a sycophantic lieutenant of lifetime FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover who came down hard against any agents who tried to bring change to the bureau.

Everybody knew that Felt was leaking information to Woodward and Bernstein about the Watergate investigation. The reporters made no secret of the fact that they were getting leaks from inside the FBI, and it was presumed that Felt was one of the leakers. Felt was very unhappy with the Nixon White House, partly for many
reasons that were not necessarily noble or patriotic.
So the man who leaked the name of a CIA operative as a partisan payback, deems it fair game to lecture use about patriotism. But look closely, he describes Felt as "breaking the rules" and being a Hoover sychophant. He even downplays the whole situation with the patronizing "Everybody knew that Felt..." comment. If everyone knew, why didn't Robert Novak ever tell us?

Here's some wisdom from various and sundry wingnuts:

"Barney Gumble" at freerepublic.com says:
What remarkable timing for the revealing of Deep Throat! Just as Newsweek was taking tons of heat for publishing a false Koran flushing story, Deep Throat is revealed removing all attention from Newsweek. It just so happens that Newsweek is also owned by the Washington Post.
Interesting - So I guess the editors of Vanity Fair (owned, I believe by Conde Nast and NOT by The Washington Post or Newsweek) decided to publish the article sometime after Newsweek went with Isikoff's periscope piece.

James Lakely at venerable The Washington Times had this to say:
The former attorney for Clinton scandal whistleblower Linda R. Tripp -- who, like "Deep Throat," exposed White House misdeeds -- said his client's harsh public treatment stands in stark contrast to the veneration of W. Mark Felt, whose aid to the press helped bring down President Nixon.
I like how they equate (with the phrase: "who like "Deep Throat" exposes White House misdeeds") fellation with the systematic shredding of the Constitution. But it's the Washington Times - no need to explain further, I guess. However "seamas" over at freerepublic had this addition:

Both Tripp and Felt discovered wrong-doing in the White House. Both were digusted that the occupant of the White House was not as honorable as "their" presidents who served before.

Linda Tripp collected her evidence and went to the authorities -- a legal action.

Mark Felt took information that it was illegal to disseminate and took it to a newspaper.

Tripp did the right thing, is a villain.

Mark Felt did the wrong thing, is a hero.

And we all know why.

No, why?

This freeper thread spins out into complete lunacy with something "Semper Paratus" writes:
The thing that kept Linda Tripp from being "Fostered" was Clinton's emission of guilt.
And there you have it - wingnuttery in it's purest form. The discussion of Mark Felt somehow manages to morph into a discussion of Bill Clinton's "murder" of Vince Foster.

I can't wait to see what Ann Coulter has to say.

4 comments:

Jonathan Potts said...

It's an indication of how intent the right is on rewriting history, as well as in their efforts to destroy the credibility of the press. Nixon wasn't even a good Republican. He expanded the welfare state, institued wage and price controls, and his policy of detente was so mistrusted by conservatives that some people thought Deep Throat was a Pentagon hawk seeking to discredit him. Why defend him now?

Maria said...

I heard one of the Imus crew equate Woodward and Bernstein with cop killers this morning. It went something like this:

Back then you were either on the side of the "cop-killer" Black Panthers (Left) or you were on the side of Nixon (Right). Reagan pardoned Felt over a Black Panther case (COINTELPRO) and Clinton pardoned Black Panthers. Clinton is Left, Woodward and Bernstein are Left so Woodward and Bernstein = cop-killer-lovers.

I can't make this stuff up!

To another of the Imus crew's credit, one of them actually pointed out the absurdity of the claim.

Jonathan Potts said...

Peggy Noonan blamed Nixon's resignation for Pol Pot and America's loss in Vietnam.

Maria said...

I believe Rush said the same -- Karl must be busy churning out the talking points.