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Mon Jun 11, 2012, 02:27 PM

Russ Baker: Watergate Revelations: The Coup Against Nixon, Part 1 of 3

http://whowhatwhy.com/2012/05/07/watergate-revelations-the-coup-against-nixon-part-1-of-3/

Suddenly, everyone’s interested in Watergate again.

The media were excited to report that Robert Redford is working on a documentary about the scandal that brought down a president and created new heroes: the reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein. Given that the film All the President’s Men, in which Redford played the heroic Bob Woodward, practically made Redford’s career, we probably shouldn’t expect any big surprises.

But here’s one: In recent days, we’ve heard doubts from former Washington Post Executive Editor Ben Bradlee about his journalists’ reporting on Watergate. This from a new book by Woodward’s own former assistant:

Ben talked about Bob’s famous secret source, whom he claimed to have met in an underground garage in rendezvous arranged via signals involving flowerpots and newspapers.


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H/T to our fellow DUer Octafish for bringing this to my attention. The entire 3 part series is well worth reading. I may even get Russ Baker's book, Family of Secrets: The Bush Dynasty, America’s Invisible Government and the Hidden History of the Last Fifty Years.

Part Two

Part Three

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Reply Russ Baker: Watergate Revelations: The Coup Against Nixon, Part 1 of 3 (Original post)
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AnotherMcIntosh Jun 2012 #1
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yurbud Jun 2012 #5
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Response to steve2470 (Original post)

Mon Jun 11, 2012, 04:35 PM

1. Can the relevancy of this be succently described? Nixon was responsible for his own actions.

 

If the absence of a succent description, we would have to read a book or portions of it to understand what the "new" revelations are?

There was a coop against Nixon? Someone who worked with Bernstein is skeptical as to whether he ever actually met in an underground garage with his source?

How does this or any of the details change the fact that Nixon was responsible for his own actions? No one forced him to do the things that he did, including firing Archibold Cox, the special prosecutor who was assigned to investigate the Watergate break-in and cover-up.

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Response to AnotherMcIntosh (Reply #1)

Mon Jun 11, 2012, 04:47 PM

2. It can't be succinctly described

Nixon deserved to be impeached based on the historical record. All I can say honestly is, you have to read the linked material and make up your own mind of its worth. I'm not going to vouch for its 100% accuracy, but I think it's worth reading. YMMV.

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Response to AnotherMcIntosh (Reply #1)

Tue Jun 12, 2012, 02:55 PM

5. what has struck me as odd is the particular sins that brought him down are so minor

compared to the later actions of Reagan with Iran Contra and Bush/Cheney with just about everything.

The point is not that Nixon was a saint, but how he lost the protection and confidence of the rich and powerful who he needed to stay in power.

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Response to steve2470 (Original post)

Mon Jun 11, 2012, 08:35 PM

3. Wow!

As a person old enough to remember most all of these events all I can say is we (the general public) are continually manipulated like puppets on a string. Wow..............

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Response to Dyedinthewoolliberal (Reply #3)

Mon Jun 11, 2012, 08:38 PM

4. I remember all of them that were in the corporate media back then

I was glued to the media about Watergate but some of the stuff Baker unearthed I've never seen. If Baker's account is 100% correct, everyone got fooled.

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