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Demeter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 02:58 PM
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Woodward's Woody (Ford Interview)
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/marty-kaplan/woodwards-wo...


Gerald Ford, who had brought Rumsfeld and Cheney to the White House, who had presided over the end of the Vietnam war, who was widely believed by journalists to be the Nicest.Guy. Ever., and who was a Republican, ferchrissakes, told Bob Woodward two-and-a-half years ago that the Iraq war had been a mistake from the git-go (let alone from the Gitmo).

A White House spokesperson -- asked by CNN if President Bush had a reaction to learning that Ford had pre-posthumously ripped him a new one -- said that W was "focused on grieving."

I can see why some people might think it's odd that Washington Post publisher Don Graham pays Bob Woodward's heroic salary even though it's Woodward's book publisher -- not Graham's paper -- that benefits from Woodward's scoops.

But I can't fault Woodward for cutting himself one helluva sweet deal at the Post. The whole star system in journalism arguably began with Woodward and Bernstein. Before them, and Ben Bradlee, the Post was nowhere near the national journalistic brand name it then became. If Don Graham can justify to Post Company shareholders the ways that Woodward scoops his own paper in his books, and the ways that his interview ground rules seem to put his publishing career ahead of his day job, who am I to say?

I can also see the consequences to the country of the post-mortem embargo under which Woodward heard Ford excoriate Bush's war. Had those July 2004 comments been aired earlier, who knows what impact they might have had on the presidential election, let alone the conduct of the war?
...There was no national interest to be served by keeping his thoughts to himself. Former presidents may constitute a kind of Skull & Bones, but speaking out to try to save us from our next "long national nightmare" would have been way more patriotic than preserving the towel-snapping bonhomie of the Ex-POTUS Society.



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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 03:12 PM
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1. W "focused on grieving"? I suppose that's why he's staying in
Crawford over the weekend, so he can 'grieve' in private. :eyes:

In all fairness to Woodward, Ford set the 'embargo' terms, though I agree, Ford certainly didn't act in the best interests of this country by keeping his opinions to himself.
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