It never ceases to amaze me that, even after Nixon has been dead for years, still they dribble out some tapes and/or transcripts, every so often, so that they Leftist media might once again relive those glorious days when they overthrew a sitting American President. They so relish the fact that they can still find small ways to drag his name through the mud. Remind people why history ought to remember him as “tricky Dick,” and why he is to be despised and villified at every opportunity.
I’m no great fan of Nixon. He was an old line Republican, not a Conservative. He was a control-freak. He would destroy his political enemies if they got in his way. But the News Media LOVES Liberals who are EXACTLY like that. The reason they hated Richard Nixon, and ALWAYS wanted to destroy him, was because back in the late 1940’s, during the McCarthy era, it was Nixon who, as a member of the House UnAmerican Affairs Committee, chaired the sub-committee that exposed the hero of Democrats and the Media, Alger Hiss, as a Communist Agent, with the testimony of former Communist Whittaker Chambers. It proved to be a major embarrassment to President Truman, who has tried to force HUAC to back off Hiss. In 1952, Truman would not run for re-election in part for this debacle, and in part for his firing of popular war-hero and Commander of American forces in the Korean Conflict, General Douglass MacArthur.
Alger Hiss eventually was convicted of Perjury and spent 3-1/2 years in prison. But the media NEVER forgot that Nixon pressed the case against Hiss, even when the others on the HUAC would have let it go. The Media and the Democrats swore to destroy Nixon, and at every opportunity, they sabotaged him.
In 1960, when he ran for President against JFK, the TV debate is a veritable lesson in camera-work for presenting one candidate in a very positive light (JFK) and another in a very negative light (Nixon). Whereas Kennedy was generally shown from the waist up, and usually when he looked at ease, most of Nixon’s shots were tight close-up’s of his face — so close one could see the sweat glistening — and they usually cut to these tight face-shots when Nixon has a frown or nervous scowl. It was an artful use of propaganda.
Even then, Nixon came within 100,000 popular votes or so of winning the election. The closest state was — Illinois. There, in Cook County (Chicago) there were tens of thousands of fraudulent votes in the largely democrat precincts. There was enough that Nixon could have legally forced a 2000-like Supreme Court showdown had he wanted to. Nixon, however, dismissed the thought. He didn’t want to cause such a division in the country. A shame Al Gore didn’t learn that lesson, isn’t it?
Of course, the Media got their chance to bring Nixon down with the dirty political operation of the Watergate break-in, and the cover-up. When he resigned in August, 1974, I remember how upset my Dad was. He said the Media had finally gotten what they wanted. And he was right. So they “dig up” ol’ Nixon every now and again, just to spit in his face one more time, to revisit old victories. And they live in hopes that they can recapture old glories and destroy new hated figures today.
They seem to be doing pretty well....
For a contrast, take a look at this AP hatchet job on the same release, complete with incendiary qualifiers and dinosaur-media spin: Nixon defended his legacy in grand jury tape. Just for a teaser, here's the lede:
WASHINGTON (AP) Feisty and cagey, ex-President Richard Nixon defended his shredded legacy and shady Watergate-era actions in grand jury testimony that he thought would never come out. On Thursday, it did.
“And they live in hopes that they can recapture old glories and destroy new hated figures today.”
I seem to recall something in the last election - something to do with Nixon. But brought up some portion of history, scandal, etc. And not sure if it was the same article, but perhaps - or at least in the same time frame, some story about McCain that would have been somehow related.
I’m thinking something to do with statements regarding Vietnam?
Hmm - I wonder when the media will be asking for the tapes regarding Cain’s recollections of the bimbo’s lawsuits etc.? “What did he known, and when did he know it?”
They list Alabama as having 324,050 votes for Kennedy and 237,981 votes for Nixon, but Harry F. Byrd received the majority of the electoral votes. When the voters went to the polls, who did they think they were voting for--Kennedy or Byrd? Did the ballot list a name that the electors were pledged to vote for? If the Democratic electors just said "Democrat," who is to say how many of the voters intended to vote for Kennedy?
Any FReepers who were living in Alabama in 1960 and old enough to vote in that election?