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Where Are Today's Woodward and Bernstein?
Townhall.com ^ | July 2, 2012 | Terry Paulson

Posted on 07/02/2012 6:25:28 AM PDT by Kaslin

As we take time on July 4th to celebrate the liberty we cherish as American, it's important to recognize the critical role a free press plays in surfacing the truth "we the people" need to exercise our civic duty. All politicians promise transparency but the lure of retaining power is more likely to produce fog and spin than clarity and truth. A competent, assertive, and impartial press is as important today as it has been at any point in our history.

To acknowledge the 40th anniversary of Watergate break-in and the critical role that the journalists Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein played, the Ventura County Star invited its journalists to a local theater for a special screening of "All the President's Men." Watching effectively acknowledged the pivotal role journalists play in surfacing the truth and challenged all who attended to recommit to the critical mission professional journalists provide in a free republic.

As a young Republican who actually helped reelect President Nixon, it angered me that such crimes could be committed in the name of a party I supported. No matter what Nixon's other accomplishments, his desire to remain in power resulted in his own demise by breaking trust with the people and Constitution he swore to support and uphold.

Watching the movie, I marveled again at the creativity and dogged determination of Woodward and Bernstein as they followed their story to its fateful conclusion. America is better because of them, but were their efforts driven by courage and professionalism or more by their contempt for a president they didn't support?

For a liberal journalist to work overtime to bring down a Republican president takes no more courage than another Hollywood star endorsing President Obama. It takes courage and character to apply the same journalistic scrutiny to a politician they otherwise support.

Whether it’s patterns in voting, financial support, or political identification, journalists are significantly more liberal than the average American. According to a 2012 Pew Research Center study, the public perception of that bias is increasing with 67 percent of Americans now believing that there is a bias in news coverage. Journalists have every right to hold liberal views, but it makes their job of objective reporting more difficult.

The best professionals in any field work hard to overcome their own biases. With the questions swirling around the current administration's national security leaks and the stonewalling on the "Fast and Furious" investigation, we are in desperate need of this generation's Woodward and Bernstein. But will journalists work as hard to hold their own accountable?

In response to President Bush using executive privilege to protect internal deliberations between Carl Rove and the Attorney General Harriet Meyer over the firing of U.S special prosecutor attorneys, Senator Obama, in an interview with Larry King, advised, "There has been (attempts) on the part of this administration to try to hide behind executive privilege every time there's something a little shaky that's taking place. The administration would be best served by coming clean on this. There doesn't seem to be any national security issues involved...."

On the eve of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee's contempt vote, President Obama, at the request of Attorney General Eric Holder, invoked executive privilege in taking the Congressional request for documents off limits. While executive privilege has been used by almost all presidents, whether this is an appropriate use to protect deliberative discussions with national security implications is not clear. With the House censure of Holder, the impasse now reached will ensure that getting at the truth will extend months beyond the coming election unless journalists do what Congress can't--get to the truth and provide transparency.

The Nixon administration initially minimized both the Watergate break-in and the administration's involvement. When Nixon invoked executive privilege, the courts ruled that executive privilege couldn't be used to protect potentially fraudulent activities. There are clearly unanswered questions and inconsistencies that must be addressed. Watergate involved political information. The Fast and Furious Operation contributed to the death of border agent Brian Terry and hundreds of innocent Mexican citizens. The national security leaks have also impacted the lives of double agents and informants.

Where are today's Woodward and Bernstein? If there are cover-ups or improprieties, will the liberal media prove as courageous and diligent in surfacing the truth on a candidate they personally support? Our republic depends on journalists with the strength and integrity to do just that. May it be so.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: bernstein; bobwoodward; carlbernstein; enemedia; richcarroll; woodward

1 posted on 07/02/2012 6:25:32 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

They’re uncovering proof that Bush and Abraham Lincoln planned 9/11.


2 posted on 07/02/2012 6:28:00 AM PDT by Doctor 2Brains (If the government were Paris Hilton, it could not score a free drink in a bar full of lonely sailors)
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To: Kaslin
Where Are Today's Woodward and Bernstein?

Editing and fabricating material to smear conservatives.

The mediots are to the Left of the Democrat Party. In fact, the DNC is just the political wing of the media.

3 posted on 07/02/2012 6:29:28 AM PDT by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: Kaslin

4 posted on 07/02/2012 6:30:24 AM PDT by Diogenesis ("Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. " Pres. Ronald Reagan)
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To: Kaslin

“Where are today’s Woodward and Bernstein?”

Maybe we could consider Breitbart and O’keffe our Woodward and Bernstein.


5 posted on 07/02/2012 6:45:54 AM PDT by texaschick
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To: Kaslin

The answer to the headline’s question is that they are still among us. The media was in the tank for the Democrats in the early 70’s the same way they are today. If Watergate occured with lets say Humphrey as president, Woodward and Bernstein would have reported it as nothing to see, move along. Investigative reporters have turned a blind eye to the Left for the last at least 60 years, if not more.


6 posted on 07/02/2012 6:46:25 AM PDT by gusty
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To: Kaslin

Obviously the answer is there has never been an unbiased media, ever. Woodward and Bernstein were doing the work of the DNC. The current crop of MSM “super stars” continues to do that work.

In the former case, it meant attacking a Republican administration. Today it means defending a Democrat one.


7 posted on 07/02/2012 6:47:21 AM PDT by samtheman (The Trillion Dollar ObamaCareTax definitely is a tax; just ask the US Supreme Court.)
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To: SampleMan

I believe that humans need spirituality. When they are schooled to think that traditional 2000-year-old religion is the opiate of the people, they turn to other outlets for their spirituality.

I know for a fact that many journalists today have a religious fervor for the democrap party. In their minds, it’s the party that provides charity; it’s the group that is more open-minded and kind-hearted. It’s Bobby Kennedy with the tousled hair, looking good and proud at the podium, throwing the peace sign, and then being crucified on his way out the door.

I actually had a television reporter send me an email during the 2008 primaries about how I ought to vote for John Edwards, because he was reminiscent of Bobby Kennedy. (This reporter just assumed I was a democrap.)

Journalists also have a silent understanding among themselves that they are all members of the same army (religion). If they find out you are not a foot-soldier, you are shunned.

So anyway, there is no Woodward or Bernstein in the old-time press to go after a democrap. It would be heresy.

And while I’m at it — we have to quit referring to the old-time press as the mainstream press. They ain’t mainstream anymore. You’re looking at a part of the new mainstream right here, buddy.


8 posted on 07/02/2012 6:50:07 AM PDT by duckworth (Perhaps instant karma's going to get you. Perhaps not.)
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To: Diogenesis

Considering your history, you could get a job on that boat. In a very small way, you yourself have been throwing your own very tiny life perservers for the last few months.


9 posted on 07/02/2012 6:51:16 AM PDT by gusty
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To: Kaslin

better question: Where is today’s “deep throat”


10 posted on 07/02/2012 6:54:27 AM PDT by stylin19a (Obama - The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance)
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To: Kaslin

Taking a vacation until a Republican gets in office.

Now can we have a hard question?


11 posted on 07/02/2012 6:59:31 AM PDT by Stosh
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To: duckworth

I prefer my creation, “Mediot” encapsulating media, mediocre, and idiot. I also like crapcaster.


12 posted on 07/02/2012 7:05:03 AM PDT by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: Kaslin

We had Breitbart. He’s dead, though. Survivors of his group are pretty good, though.


13 posted on 07/02/2012 7:07:28 AM PDT by PapaBear3625 (If I can't be persuasive, I at least hope to be fun.)
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To: Kaslin

Words like duplicity, double standard, and hypocracy mean noth-
ing anymore. Universities don’t produce aspiring journalists. In-
stead they graduate journo-activists and are proud of it. And, Wood-
ward and Bernstein don’t ever wonder where the next Woodward and
Bernstein are coming from because they are part of the problem.


14 posted on 07/02/2012 7:10:49 AM PDT by Sivad (NorCal Red Turf)
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To: Kaslin
1. Attending Daily Kos briefing sessions to get their instructions.

2. Giving Debbie Wasserman a bikini wax.

3. Interviewing Rielle Hunter to find out if Edwards also combs his pubic hairs.

4. In the Lincoln bedroom trying on Mocchella's Boob-Belts.

5. Passed out from all-night hooker and scotch sessions with the Secret Service.

15 posted on 07/02/2012 7:14:40 AM PDT by Doc Savage ("I've shot people I like a lot more,...for a lot less!" Raylan Givins)
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To: Kaslin

Interesting headline coming from the same site that censors eligibility articles.


16 posted on 07/02/2012 7:24:25 AM PDT by kreitzer
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To: Kaslin

They know they will get no praises from the MSM or be heroes at DC Cocktail parties if they try to bring down a democrat


17 posted on 07/02/2012 7:26:46 AM PDT by uncbob
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To: Kaslin

Woodward & Bernstein were, like their employer, publisher, editors, and associates, animated by animus for Nixon. Woodward had been looking for dirt for at least two years (probably closer to 4) before the Watergate break-in. The point is that W&B and their ilk are just about the entire media corps. Dan Rather ran into a bit of a problem, but his motivation sprang from the same need to ruin a president.


18 posted on 07/02/2012 7:26:57 AM PDT by Mach9
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To: Kaslin
Where Are Today's Woodward and Bernstein?

Running journ-O-list.

19 posted on 07/02/2012 7:28:10 AM PDT by Jim Noble (Anna Wintour makes Teresa Heinz Kerry look like Dolly Parton.)
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To: Kaslin
Where Are Today's Woodward and Bernstein?

Their names are Vanderboegh and Codrea. They broke the Fast and Furious story. And, oh by the way, they're BLOGGERS.

20 posted on 07/02/2012 7:38:46 AM PDT by backwoods-engineer (I will vote against ANY presidential candidate who had non-citizen parents.)
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To: Kaslin
Well, maybe we should ask them. After all, no one died in Watergate.

Here's Woodward's e-mail

Woodward

and here's Bernstein's

Bernstein

21 posted on 07/02/2012 7:44:11 AM PDT by eCSMaster ('Nancy Pelosi is a DINGBAT.' - Gov. Sarah Palin)
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To: Kaslin
Woodward and Bernstein are both Red-Diaper babies !

22 posted on 07/02/2012 8:14:08 AM PDT by Uri’el-2012 (Psalm 119:174 I long for Your salvation, YHvH, Your law is my delight.)
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To: stylin19a
[ better question: Where is today’s “deep throat” ]

Too Easy...


23 posted on 07/02/2012 8:27:49 AM PDT by GraceG
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To: SampleMan

[ Where Are Today’s Woodward and Bernstein?
Editing and fabricating material to smear conservatives.

The mediots are to the Left of the Democrat Party. In fact, the DNC is just the political wing of the media. ]

I would say that any contemporary Woodward and Berstein have already been drummed out of journalism school for being too “right wing”.


24 posted on 07/02/2012 8:29:00 AM PDT by GraceG
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To: Kaslin

“were their efforts driven by courage and professionalism or more by their contempt for a president they didn’t support?”

Seriously? You have to ask? Big freakin’ libs making a mountain out of a molehille to take down a GOP president. They wouldn’t be as dogged today unless Obama were GOP.


25 posted on 07/02/2012 8:33:31 AM PDT by MayflowerMadam (Please, God, when I wake up tomorrow, can Joe Biden be President?)
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To: Kaslin

bump


26 posted on 07/02/2012 8:37:20 AM PDT by Christian4Bush (PSA. As of 7/02/12, 127/202 days 'til we vote out/take out the trash. (11/6/12, 1/20/13))
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To: backwoods-engineer

[ Where Are Today’s Woodward and Bernstein?

Their names are Vanderboegh and Codrea. They broke the Fast and Furious story. And, oh by the way, they’re BLOGGERS. ]

Silly BLOGGERS, don’t they realize that to be “REAL” Journaists they have to have a degree from Colombia.....?


27 posted on 07/02/2012 8:47:51 AM PDT by GraceG
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To: Kaslin

I still believe that Roberts was BLACKMAILED because of his two ADOPTED children, born in IRELAND but brought thru LATIN AMERICA! WHY Latin America??? hmmmmmm


28 posted on 07/02/2012 8:59:14 AM PDT by Ann Archy ( ABORTION...the HUMAN Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: Kaslin

The Jihad Candidate
Rich Carroll
2008

How long did it take Islam and their oil money to find a candidate for President of the United States ? As long as it took them to place a Senator from Illinois and Minnesota ? The same amount of time to create a large Muslim enclave in Detroit ? The time it took them to build over 2,000 mosques in America ? The same amount of time required to place radical wahabbist clerics in our military and prisons as ‘chaplains’???

Find a candidate who can get away with lying about their father being a ‘freedom fighter’ when he was actually part of the most corrupt and violent government in Kenya ‘S history. Find a candidate with close ties to The Nation of Islam and the violent Muslim overthrow in Africa , a candidate who is educated among white infidel Americans but hides his bitterness and anger behind a superficial toothy smile…

Find a candidate who changes his American name of Barry to the Muslim name of Barak Hussein Obama, and dares anyone to question his true ties under the banner of ‘racism’…

Nurture this candidate in an atmosphere of anti-white American teaching and surround him with Islamic teachers. Provide him with a bitter, racist, anti-white, anti-American wife, and supply him with Muslim middle east connections and Islamic monies. Allow him to be clever enough to get away with his anti-white rhetoric and proclaim he will give $834 billion taxpayer dollars to the Muslim controlled United Nations for use in Africa…

Install your candidate in an atmosphere of deception because questioning him on any issue involving Africa or Islam would be seen as ‘bigoted racism’; two words too powerful to allow the citizenry to be informed of facts. Allow your candidate to employ several black racist Nation of Islam Louis Farrakhan followers as members of his Illinois Senatorial and campaign staffs…

Where is the bloodhound American ‘free press’ who doggedly overturned every stone in the Watergate case? Where are our nation’s reporters that have placed every Presidential candidate under the microscope of detailed scrutiny; the same press who pursue Bush’s ‘Skull and Bones’ club or ran other candidates off with persistent detective and research work? Why haven’t ‘newsmen’ pursued the 65 blatant lies told by this candidate during the Presidential primaries? Where are the stories about this candidate’s cousin and the Muslim butchery in Africa ? Since when did our national press corps become weak, timid, and silent???

Why haven’t they regaled us with the long list of socialists and communists who have surrounded this ‘out of nowhere’ Democrat candidate or that his church re-printed the Hamas Manifesto in their bulletin, and that his ‘close pastor friend and mentor’ met with Middle East terrorist Moammar Gaddafi, (Guide of the First of September Great Revolution of the Socialist People’s Libyan Arab Jamahiriya)? Why isn’t the American press telling us this candidate is supported by every Muslim organization in the world???

As an ultimate slap in the face, be blatant in the fact your candidate has ZERO interest in traditional American values and has the most liberal voting record in U.S. Senate history. Why has the American main stream media clammed-up on any negative reporting on Barak Hussein Obama? Why will they print Hillary Rodham Clinton’s name but never write his middle name? Is it not his name? Why, suddenly, is ANY information about this candidate not coming from main stream media, but from the blogosphere by citizens seeking facts and the truth? Why isn’t our media connecting the dots with Islam? Why do they focus on ‘those bad American soldiers’ while Islam slaughters non Muslims daily in 44 countries around the globe? Why does our media refer to Darfur as ‘ethnic cleansing’ instead of what it really is; Muslims killing non Muslims! There is enough strange, anti-American activity surrounding Barak Hussein Obama to peek the curiosity of any reporter. WHERE IS OUR INVESTIGATIVE MEDIA???

A formal plan for targeting America was devised three years after the Iranian revolution in 1982. The plan was summarized in a 1991 memorandum by Mohamed Akram, an operative of the global Muslim Brotherhood. ‘The process of settlement’ of Muslims in America , Akram explained, ‘is a civilization jihad process.’ This means that members of the Brotherhood must understand that their work in ‘America is a kind of grand jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and sabotaging its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers so that it is eliminated and God’s religion is made victorious over all other religions.’

There is terrorism we can see, smell and fear, but there is a new kind of terror invading The United States in the form of Sharia law and finance. Condoning it is civilization suicide. Middle East Muslims are coming to America in record numbers and building hate infidel mosques, buying our corporations, suing us for our traditions, but they and the whole subject of Islam is white noise leaving uninformed Americans about who and what is really peaceful. Where is our investigative press? Any criticism of Islam or their intentions, even though Islamic leaders state their intentions daily around the globe, brings-forth a volley of ‘racist’ from the left-wing Democrat crowd…

Lies and deception behind a master plan – the ingredients for ‘The Manchurian Candidate’ or the placement of an anti-American President in our nation’s White House? Is it mere coincidence that an anti-capitalist run for President at the same time Islamic sharia finance and law is trying to make advancing strides into the United States ? Is it mere coincidence this same candidate wants to dis-arm our nuclear capability at a time when terrorist Muslim nations are expanding their nuclear weapons capability? Is it mere coincidence this candidate wants to reduce our military at a time of global jihad from Muslim nations???

Change for America ? What change? To become another ‘nation of Islam’…

http://www.israpundit.com/2008/?p=3054


29 posted on 07/02/2012 1:59:27 PM PDT by patriot08 (TEXAS GAL- born and bred and proud of it!)
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To: All

By the way, I am saddened to report that Rich Carroll, author of Jihad Candidate and several books has died.
He was a very nice man, taking time to answer my fan letters.

I received this news from another fan with whom he had corresponded.

Rich was know for his blistering articles wherein he attacked Obama and Islam.

I tried to research his death on my PC to find out what happened, but was able to find out absolutely nothing.
This is unusual for a well known author and it makes me suspicious about the circumstances surrounding his death.

Anyone out there know anything?
Thanks


30 posted on 07/04/2012 3:32:28 AM PDT by patriot08 (TEXAS GAL- born and bred and proud of it!)
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