Skip to comments.Nixon plot against newspaper columnist detailed
Posted on 09/14/2010 6:32:36 AM PDT by RKV
Nearly 40 years before the Obama White House denounced the WikiLeaks website for publishing classified documents, another president, Richard Nixon, was even more obsessed with the same phenomenon.
Only Nixon and his top aides went to far greater lengths to deal with the problem: They launched an extraordinary campaign to smear and discredit the journalist who, more than anyone else, was bedeviling them by publishing government secrets: newspaper columnist Jack Anderson.
The White House obsession with Anderson whose "Washington Merry Go-Round" column was the WikiLeaks of its day is detailed in a new book being published this month, Poisoning the Press: Richard Nixon, Jack Anderson and the Rise of Washingtons Scandal Culture, by journalism professor Mark Feldstein.
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"Feldstein also obtained copies of cancelled checks showing that Anderson received thousands of dollars in payments from one of his long time sources Washington lobbyist Irving Davidson, whose clients included mobsters and right-wing dictators such as Nicaraguas Anastasio Somoza."
Just in time for the mid-terms. It is Richard Nixon’s fault.
When the SHTF, remember the journalism faculty at your local college.
How about Harding? Any new dirt on him? Boy, that Teapot Dome scandal was really bad, huh? Those Republicans! Why can't they be all nice and clean like the good folks who surround Obama??
Anderson was a muckraking journalist.
The kind of “journalist” who is always looking for dirt especially on politicians not of his liking or political agenda.
I liked Nixon in the fifties when he started to take on the commies but after that he changed dramatically when he was president; a change I did not like much at all.
But having said that I was a lot more sympathetic to Nixon than to Anderson.
Well, Bush IS out of office. And Tricky Dick is conveniently dead so he can’t defend himself. Hopefully Americans are able to see through this kind of diversionary tactic.
This is old news...G Gordon Liddy wrote about this in 1980 in his Book—Will.
Given that Anderson was in the pay of a guy who sold arms to dictators and hung around with Jimmy Hoffa, I guess I agree with you. Of course, I’ve always thought that Nixon should have been impeached for wage and price controls. Along with every other politician who voted in favor of that unconstitutional law.
The RATs must be really behind if they’re having to go back and dig up Tricky Dick. Clearly an attempt to sway voters.
I was in college when Pres. Nixon resigned. I’m 55 now. This is so lame.
I smell liberal desperation.
The force is weak with that one. Heh. Seriously, this is a desperation move.
“Only Nixon and his top aides went to far greater lengths to deal with the problem”
False premise. If we are only learning about the full extent of Nixon’s actions against this journalist 40 years later, it stands to reason we are in no position to know the full extent of Obama’s actions against wikileaks in the present day.
How about investigating the Obama plot against all health insurers who don’t fall in line today.
jack anderson and drew pearson helped get joe mccarthy.
Exactly. Talk about your commie totalitarianism, right...
I was in The USMC then. This is soooooo old it’s laughable...............I’m 55, too..........
Nixon, for all his faults, was NOTHING compared to the pResident we have now, regarding being vindinctive, sneaky and traitorous.
Obama is criminally subversive towards America. At least Tricky Dick cared for this country!
LOL! Michael Isajerkoff, in the midst the worst Presidency in my lifetime travels back in time 40 years to smear a dead President.
Can you say Putzlitzer Prize for Journalism?
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