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In Belushi widow's book, Woodward is no hero
NY Daily News ^ | November 29, 2005 | Rush & Molloy

Posted on 11/30/2005 9:52:22 AM PST by presidio9

Bob Woodward is getting it from all sides. You've heard the uproar over the famed Watergate sleuth's taking two years to reveal that he was leaked the name of CIA agent Valerie Plame. Now the widow of John Belushi has recruited a gang of the late comic's friends to pay back Woodward for "Wired," his grim 1985 bio of her husband.

After the "SNL" player OD'd, Judy Belushi Pisano encouraged all of his pals to talk to Woodward, who, like John, had grown up in Wheaton, Ill.

She now tells us: "Woodward was the wrong guy [to write that book]. I was foolish."

So she and Tanner Colby have assembled "Belushi: A Biography," a just-published collection of affectionate memories of John — and unaffectionate ones of Woodward.

"It was my first experience of getting tricked by a journalist," says Belushi's "Continental Divide" co-star Blair Brown. "I really felt betrayed, and it made me question all of his other work."

Writer Mitch Glazer recalls that all Woodward wanted to hear about was Belushi's drug use. "Whenever I started telling him the good things about John, he would literally put down his pen and wait for me to finish," says Glazer.

"'Wired' has so many things wrong," says "Blues Brothers" director John Landis, who told Woodward how he and Belushi "sobbed and huggged" after he flushed a mound of Belushi's coke down the toilet. "That book has me giving John some big roundhouse, John Wayne punch in the face, and it's just not true."

Al Franken remembers seeing Woodward in the office of "SNL" producer Lorne Michaels. "I went over to [Woodward] and said, 'Well, you know, the only time I ever saw John snorting coke was with [Woodward's colleague] Carl Bernstein.' And that was the last I ever heard from him." (Franken assures us that he was just kidding.)

Writer Tony Hendra says Woodward "certainly gave the impression he didn't like Belushi very much. He wasn't interested in the guy's achievements in any way. He was out to prove that Belushi was symptomatic of some generational defect, which I felt was contemptible."

Woodward declined to comment on the charges. But Judy says, "I'm not angry anymore. I just felt it was something that needed to be put straight."


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Miscellaneous; Political Humor/Cartoons; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: belushi; biography; blairbrown; bobwoodward; bookreview; johnbelushi; maureendowd; woodward

1 posted on 11/30/2005 9:52:23 AM PST by presidio9
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To: presidio9

So Woodward writes agenda-driven articles.

Surprise, surprise!


2 posted on 11/30/2005 9:55:29 AM PST by Redbob
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To: presidio9

"Continental Divide"

I love that movie.

"I've never seen such big b*lls. And I'm from Chicago."


3 posted on 11/30/2005 9:59:34 AM PST by Choose Ye This Day (Win the war. Confirm the judges. Cut the taxes. Control the spending. Secure the border.)
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To: presidio9

Oh dear. Bob didn't follow orders on the Plame story and now he's going to be hung out to dry by the Left.


4 posted on 11/30/2005 10:00:07 AM PST by PMCarey
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To: Choose Ye This Day

I love the part where Belushi is being mugged, the police show up and things get worse for him.


5 posted on 11/30/2005 10:00:53 AM PST by Hillarys Gate Cult
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To: presidio9
Payback for Woodward not delivering on Plamegate.

We all know Belushi was a saint and drugs were not a big part of his life or big cause of his death. Judy Belushi, Al Franken and friends all have more credibility than Woodward, all of a sudden, don't they? Yeah, right.

Would this have gotten one line of print if Woodward had delivered Rove to the salivating progressive masses? I don't think so.
6 posted on 11/30/2005 10:01:34 AM PST by reformedliberal (Bless our troops and pray for our nation. I am thankful for both.)
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To: bobbdobbs
I haven't read Wired, so perhaps this comment is not warranted. My suspicion is that his family wanted people to see the good side of John, Woodward only wanted to publish the bad side, and the truth was in the middle. I imagine he was sweet, good and kind, reckless and stupid, talented and tortured, and most certainly flawed.
8 posted on 11/30/2005 10:17:55 AM PST by Chanticleer (A free society is a place where it's safe to be unpopular. -- Adlai Stevenson)
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To: Choose Ye This Day; Hillarys Gate Cult

Here's why I can no longer enjoy that movie (and why I probably just ruined it for the two of you).

9 posted on 11/30/2005 10:20:22 AM PST by presidio9 (Islam Is As Islam Does)
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To: presidio9

Who is that?


10 posted on 11/30/2005 10:26:59 AM PST by sandbar
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To: presidio9

Gee, what a suprise! The left gets mad at Woodward for messing up their Rove-hunt, and suddenly we have a backlash about a 20 year old book that nobody read in the first place, and Belushi's family claims to be all upset that Woodward called him a drug user. Say, how did Belushi die, anyway?


11 posted on 11/30/2005 10:42:36 AM PST by ozzymandus
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To: PMCarey

Yes he is. So he should probably consult with Chris Hitchens about what else he'll face from the left in the future.


12 posted on 11/30/2005 10:48:07 AM PST by TeddyCon
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To: presidio9

RE: Al Franken remembers seeing Woodward in the office of "SNL" producer Lorne Michaels. "I went over to [Woodward] and said, 'Well, you know, the only time I ever saw John snorting coke was with [Woodward's colleague] Carl Bernstein.' And that was the last I ever heard from him."

Everyone make a note of this rare moment, perhaps a rare moment in eternity - with regards to the above statement, I must say, way to go Al! LOL!


13 posted on 11/30/2005 10:50:17 AM PST by GOP_1900AD (Stomping on "PC," destroying the Left, and smoking out faux "conservatives" - Take Back The GOP!)
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To: presidio9

Interesting. No one can doubt that John Belushi had a serious drug problem. I'd like to hear about the good things about him. His wife should have wrote the book herself, in the first place. Woodward gets around, doesn't he...


14 posted on 11/30/2005 11:15:55 AM PST by TheSpottedOwl ("President Bush, start building that wall"!)
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To: sandbar

Brown & Dowd (oh no...don't tell me....)


15 posted on 11/30/2005 11:22:10 AM PST by joesnuffy (A camel once bit my sister...necessitating her untimely death..-Mullet Ho'mar)
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To: presidio9; zeeba neighba
Woodward has always been the cover boy for cover stories.

Names were purposely kept out of his book on Belushi.

Woodward gets paid for both his ink and his eraser.
16 posted on 11/30/2005 12:20:47 PM PST by Dr. Eckleburg ('Deserves' got nothing to do with it.)
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To: Dr. Eckleburg

Yes. No real investigative journalism anymore because people like Woodward want to be in with the in crowd.


17 posted on 11/30/2005 12:22:39 PM PST by zeeba neighba (no crocs!)
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To: joesnuffy

>>>Brown & Dowd (oh no...don't tell me....)


I know the names, just didn't know the faces. What movie are they in?


18 posted on 11/30/2005 12:25:46 PM PST by sandbar
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To: presidio9

How quickly things change - why it seems like it twas only yesterday when we were having a Watergate-Woodward love-in when that loveable old rascal Mark Felt was revealed for all the world to see as Deep Throat. My what a fun trip down memory lane *that* was. Now Woodward screws everything up for him and for us by - well for protecting a source (remember Deep Throat?). Well that was then and this was now. Now that's a No-no. Poor Bob. Poor us.


19 posted on 11/30/2005 12:25:53 PM PST by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten (Is your problem ignorance or apathy? I don't know and I don't care.)
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To: bobbdobbs
I think they wanted him painted as a Saint, but Woodward found a flawed man.

I doubt it.

Woodward is one of those guys who has to write the "Big picture" book.

Its got to be larger then life and have complexities and everything else.

Its part of the reason his ego is so massive.

He wanted an epic, when he couldn't get one, he simply made Belushi a "definition of a generation" piece of drug use i.e. a funny version of the Hunter Thompson mold.

Alot of these big head massive ego driven so called journalists can't write about someone as is or as they are, if they have to, they'll dump the project, if they don't dump it (and woodward should have dumped this) they "transform" it.

20 posted on 11/30/2005 12:36:31 PM PST by Sonny M ("oderint dum metuant")
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To: presidio9
Writer Tony Hendra says Woodward "certainly gave the impression he didn't like Belushi very much. He wasn't interested in the guy's achievements in any way. He was out to prove that Belushi was symptomatic of some generational defect, which I felt was contemptible."

I had never heard of this guy until two days ago. Apparently he was editor of the National Lampoon in its heyday and instrumental in the beginning of SNL. The reason he's in the news again is fascinating. He wrote a book, decades ago called "HOW TO COOK YOUR DAUGHTER." He was praised as the genius of his generation. He was part of the drug culture that did in Belushi and apparently he and his wife led quite the wild life. Years later, he wrote another book, FATHER JOE: THE MAN WHO SAVED MY SOUL. It was supposed to be a book about redemption...about, I guess, Christianity saved him from his sins. Again, hailed a masterpiece. There was only one problem. He omitted one small, itsy, bitsy sin from his book...apparently he molested his daughter repeatedly when she was young. He conveniently left that out of his tell all. I think her name is Jessica.

When Jessica, who worked very hard at trying to lead a normal life after all she experienced and witnessed as a child, heard her father was writing a book to atone for his sins...she was ready to forgive...but imagine her surprise when there was no mention of the deed in his book.

So she just turned the tables on him and this week HER book called HOW TO COOK YOUR DAUGHTER was released. Apparently it's very good and tells all about those good old days everyone keeps talking about and the molestation. I heard an interview with her and it was very interesting.

21 posted on 11/30/2005 1:34:37 PM PST by Hildy
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To: veronica

See my post above...did you know anything about this Tony Hendra?


22 posted on 11/30/2005 4:59:18 PM PST by Hildy
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To: presidio9

You're right...the resemblence really is uncanny. Whatever happened to her?


23 posted on 11/30/2005 5:00:27 PM PST by Hildy
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To: Hildy
Whatever happened to her?

Michael Douglas dumped her for a sexier number and she swore off men forwever.

24 posted on 11/30/2005 5:04:39 PM PST by presidio9 (Islam Is As Islam Does)
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25 posted on 11/30/2005 5:07:32 PM PST by Clemenza (I am here to chew bubblegum and kick ass, and I'm all out of bubblegum!)
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To: presidio9
I wasn't talking about Dowd! Who here doesn't know that!

I'm talking about this one:

BLAIR BROWN the actress in The Great Divide, the movie we're talking about in this thread.

26 posted on 11/30/2005 5:27:23 PM PST by Hildy
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To: Hildy

27 posted on 11/30/2005 5:31:05 PM PST by presidio9 (Islam Is As Islam Does)
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