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Bernstein: Ford's Nixon Pardon 'Right Thing To Do'
NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein

Posted on 03/09/2011 5:20:44 AM PST by governsleastgovernsbest

Just a minor historical footnote, but arguably an interesting one . . .

A man whose Watergate reporting made his career and led to Richard Nixon's downfall has declared that Pres. Gerald Ford did the right thing in pardoning Nixon.

Carl Bernstein made the--to me at least--surprising statement on today's Morning Joe, in the course of a discussion of Jeff Greenfield's new book about various what-ifs in history.

View video here.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: carlbernstein; geraldford; pardon; richardnixon

1 posted on 03/09/2011 5:20:50 AM PST by governsleastgovernsbest
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To: netmilsmom; Behind Liberal Lines; Miss Marple; an amused spectator; Diogenesis; MEG33; PGalt; ...

Surprising? Bernstein says Ford right to pardon Nixon. Ping to Today show list.


2 posted on 03/09/2011 5:22:27 AM PST by governsleastgovernsbest (FReepmail or ping me to be put on my ping list for criticism of liberal media)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Bernstein is no reporter. He’s a PR agent for the democrat party.


3 posted on 03/09/2011 5:26:27 AM PST by eCSMaster (2012 - End of an error)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Many of the talking heads say that Ford’s pardon of Nixon cost him the re-election. But look at the electoral map of 1976. The South deserted the GOP for what it thought was one of their own..Jimmy Carter. We lived to regret that decision and voted overwhelmingly to defeat him four years later.


4 posted on 03/09/2011 5:31:11 AM PST by tiger
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
latent guilt?

Carl's old....he wants a clear conscience

5 posted on 03/09/2011 5:32:24 AM PST by Guenevere (....)
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To: tiger

Ford’s pardon of Nixon was a loser with the traditional/Rockefeller wing that wanted Nixon lower than he was in 1962 after the gubernatorial defeat in CA. Your comment on losing the South is absolutely on target. Together, it was a one-two punch combination. Wiping the slate clean and going with Reagan would have been the smart move but it seems the 70s were just made to be the Lost Decade for the US.


6 posted on 03/09/2011 5:54:49 AM PST by T-Bird45 (It feels like the seventies, and it shouldn't.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

It was the right thing to do because it kept our former President from having a trial and possible jail time. Never in America do we want a President in jail.


7 posted on 03/09/2011 6:08:02 AM PST by napscoordinator
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Hey, someone dredged up Carl to talk about Watergate again. Who is going to satisfy the burning public interst in Watergate once this old dinosaur dies?


8 posted on 03/09/2011 6:14:10 AM PST by Opinionated Blowhard ("The time will come when Winter will ask you what you were doing all Summer" -- Henry Clay)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
No. It wasn't.

ML/NJ

9 posted on 03/09/2011 6:14:49 AM PST by ml/nj
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

That guy looks like a cross between Jimmy and Billy Carter.


10 posted on 03/09/2011 6:17:04 AM PST by krb (Obama is a miserable failure.)
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To: napscoordinator
Never in America do we want a President in jail.

Speak for yourself.

I would like to see Obama serve time, or at least made to answer, for the fraud he perpetrated upon this country along with those who aided and abetted the fraud.

ML/NJ

11 posted on 03/09/2011 6:18:05 AM PST by ml/nj
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To: ml/nj

Just curious: why don’t you find Bernstein’s comment surprising?


12 posted on 03/09/2011 6:24:50 AM PST by governsleastgovernsbest (FReepmail or ping me to be put on my ping list for criticism of liberal media)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Ford was correct in pardoning Nixon.

Bernstein can stick it.


13 posted on 03/09/2011 6:40:03 AM PST by SoFloFreeper
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To: tiger
The South deserted the GOP for what it thought was one of their own..Jimmy Carter.

Very good point.

14 posted on 03/09/2011 6:40:46 AM PST by SoFloFreeper
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Revisionist History (put out there as further Dem justification for letting Slick Willie wriggle off of the impeachment hook)


15 posted on 03/09/2011 6:44:57 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Liberal media getting us prepared for President Biden’s pardon of The Anointed One in the not too distant future.


16 posted on 03/09/2011 6:45:15 AM PST by Menehune56 ("Let them hate so long as they fear" (Oderint Dum Metuant), Lucius Accius, (170 BC - 86 BC))
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To: napscoordinator
It was the right thing to do because it kept our former President from having a trial and possible jail time. Never in America do we want a President in jail.

No, never in America does NAPSCOORDINATOR want a President in jail.

Cuz Lazamataz sure does.

17 posted on 03/09/2011 6:55:49 AM PST by Lazamataz (IMPRISON JOE PRO BONO!)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
It might have been the right thing to do, but his timing was godawful. The September 1974 pardon ensured that the GOP lost record numbers of congressional seats and quite possibly ensured the deaths of millions of Indo-Chinese at the hands of the communists.

There was no reason it couldn't have waited until November 15 of that year.

As much as I despise LBJ to this day and think Ford was an honorable and good man with good intentions, I have to agree with LBJ's assessment of him: He played football too many times without a helmet.

18 posted on 03/09/2011 6:59:43 AM PST by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: SoFloFreeper

SoFlo: Bernstein agreed with you—he also said pardoning Nixon was the right thing to do.


19 posted on 03/09/2011 7:10:20 AM PST by governsleastgovernsbest (FReepmail or ping me to be put on my ping list for criticism of liberal media)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
why don’t you find Bernstein’s comment surprising?

Who said it was surprising? My point was that it was wrong. I believe that a President must be made to answer for his illegal actions; and Ford's pardon established a precedent that they do not.

ML/NJ

20 posted on 03/09/2011 7:12:54 AM PST by ml/nj
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To: ml/nj

Ford did the right thing in pardoning Nixon. It helped heal the Nation and normally you do not want to see a President in jail.

What Nixon did so pales in comparison to the “felonies and treason” the current occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave has commmitted that I think an exception to the rule is in order.


21 posted on 03/09/2011 7:36:15 AM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: ml/nj; Lazamataz

Cool and I know that you mean what you say about Obama should be in jail. However just as many liberals think that Bush should be in jail. I believe during Clinton time many of us said he should be in jail. Bush I was said to have had critics who thought he should be in jail. Shall I go on. Reagan had millions that wanted him in jail. You cannot want a President in jail over political reasons or every President could end up behind the slammer for any reason that their detractors set up.


22 posted on 03/09/2011 7:52:55 AM PST by napscoordinator
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To: napscoordinator
You cannot want a President in jail over political reasons

I voted twice for Nixon. It had nothing to do with his politics. It had to do with his obstruction of justice. I do think Clinton (whom I also voted for once) should have gone to prison, but for murder, not for any of the silly stuff the press covered.

ML/NJ

23 posted on 03/09/2011 7:59:15 AM PST by ml/nj
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To: ml/nj

Ah, I see. Misunderstood your comment.


24 posted on 03/09/2011 8:03:48 AM PST by governsleastgovernsbest (FReepmail or ping me to be put on my ping list for criticism of liberal media)
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To: Georgia Girl 2
For all who think our political leaders need not be called to account I recommend this thread Obama: Pelosi Will Go Down As One of Greatest Speakers In Our History. She certified him. He certifies her. It's the greatest circle-jerk in recorded history.

ML/NJ

25 posted on 03/09/2011 10:33:00 AM PST by ml/nj
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To: ml/nj

Do you think we can get them adjoining cells at Leavenworth?


26 posted on 03/09/2011 7:11:41 PM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: Georgia Girl 2
'Tis a consumation devoutly to be wish'd.

ML/NJ

27 posted on 03/09/2011 7:14:03 PM PST by ml/nj
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