“Colson admits to doing many unsavory things in his time before converting to Christianity, but he prefers to be infamous only for the real ones, writing:
SIR I noticed that your review of a biography of Richard Nixon referred to me in a couple of unflattering ways, including the notion that I contemplated firebombing the Brookings Institution (The fuel of power, May 10th). You need to know, if it ever does any good, that this is untrue. The fellow that testified about it during Watergate has totally recanted.
It is not true that I ever urged or suggested it. It was the idea of one Jack Caulfield, who told me about it in the White House mens room, and I told him he was crazy. Mr Caulfield called me one day and said he wanted to make amends; that I had been unfairly treated, and he was sorry. He later confirmed this to Jonathan Aitken, who wrote a biography of me. I dont know if it does any good to try to change these things now, but that is the fact.
I was able to locate the relevant passage of Aitkens book, Charles W. Colson: A Life Redeemed, online and it confirms Colsons claim. Its not well-known that Caulfield recanted his allegation, so the Economist doesnt look all that bad. Still, fact-checking is supposed to be the big advantage of the mainstream media, isnt it?”
The History Commons, quoting Bernstein, Dean, et al give rise to the myth/lie. Still checking.
Reference to “Google Book” passage re Caulfield recant..search “Caulfield”....go to pages 151-153....not very public but still there. No other confirmation, found.