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(Minneapolis Star Tribune)   Forty years ago today, the most infamous third-rate burglary in history pushed the first domino that would topple a regime   (startribune.com) divider line 111
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2012-06-17 08:32:04 AM  
Toppled a hell of a lot more than just a "regime".
 
2012-06-17 08:32:56 AM  
So when do the current crop of right-wing revisionists paint Nixon as the victim and portray the break in as a heroic act?
 
2012-06-17 08:42:27 AM  
A Republican was spying on Democrats, so it's okay. God bless Amercia.
 
2012-06-17 08:43:45 AM  

Free Radical: So when do the current crop of right-wing revisionists paint Nixon as the victim and portray the break in as a heroic act?


I'm pretty sure Coulter already went there.
 
2012-06-17 08:44:32 AM  

Free Radical: So when do the current crop of right-wing revisionists paint Nixon as the victim and portray the break in as a heroic act?


That EPA-founding RINO? Fark him, Repubs of today are gonna throw him right under the bus.

/albeit for the wrong reasons
 
2012-06-17 08:45:02 AM  
Would today's crop of "journalists" be able to break that story? If it happened today would they just repeat the press release and move on?

They can't even figure out how Weedlord Hitlerboner really is.
 
2012-06-17 08:46:06 AM  
Okay, so THAT is what Liddy was famous for?

Weaksauce. Was hoping for another TRUE PATRIOT like Ollie North.
 
2012-06-17 08:58:00 AM  
Clinton demeaned the office of the presidency.
 
2012-06-17 08:59:17 AM  

Dear Jerk: Clinton demeaned the office of the presidency.


NIXON, YOU DOLT!

/Oblig
 
2012-06-17 09:04:25 AM  
Here's a great piece by Woodward and Bernstein that goes into a bit more detail about just what a crazy shiatbag Nixon was.
 
2012-06-17 09:05:13 AM  
 
2012-06-17 09:06:26 AM  
FuturePastNow:
Here's a great piece by Woodward and Bernstein that goes into a bit more detail about just what a crazy shiatbag Nixon was.

Aaaand, you beat me to it. And linked to the original publication too. Your internet penis is the larger one, sir.
 
2012-06-17 09:18:40 AM  

BarrRepublican: Okay, so THAT is what Liddy was famous for?

Weaksauce. Was hoping for another TRUE PATRIOT like Ollie North.


Rove + willing to get hands dirty =Liddy. That dude is a serious dirtbag.
 
2012-06-17 09:24:16 AM  
I guess dragging out 40 year old crimes involving the White House is easier than looking at the ones being committed by the current White House occupant.

Fight the brave fight.
 
2012-06-17 09:27:51 AM  

thehack: Would today's crop of "journalists" be able to break that story? If it happened today would they just repeat the press release and move on?

They can't even figure out how Weedlord Hitlerboner really is.


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2012-06-17 09:27:57 AM  
Several years ago, during a business trip to CA, I visited the Nixon Presidential Library, for the lulz. It was (I think) a Sunday afternoon, and a large meeting of very serious-looking Young Republicans was just breaking up. I followed them through the exhibits, and finally wound up in the Watergate section - that long, dark tunnel at the end. Throughout, I was in physical pain from the urge to double over laughing at comments: "he was one of our greatest", "framed", "patsy" (that one got me, actually quoting Lee Harvey Oswald!), and so on.

I can only imagine what that would be like now, with a black guy as president.
 
2012-06-17 09:29:23 AM  

thehack: Would today's crop of "journalists" be able to break that story? If it happened today would they just repeat the press release and move on?

They can't even figure out how Weedlord Hitlerboner really is.


The real question is would some corporate shiat have the balls Ben Bradlee did to actually publish the story and put his whole career and paper on the line?

I suspect not.
 
2012-06-17 09:29:52 AM  
I think the American people never realized who the very serious, very evil wrong-doers were in the Nixon administration. Yes Nixon was a criminal. But there were evil, nasty people there with him.

You know, guys like Cheney, Rumsfeld, Bush I, Kissinger.

Nixon fell a long way but in many ways he was a fall guy for nasty people in his administration.
 
2012-06-17 09:34:47 AM  

The DBS: I guess dragging out 40 year old crimes involving the White House is easier than looking at the ones being committed by the current White House occupant.

Fight the brave fight.


Probably because the current occupant isn't sending spies into his political opponents' headquarters to steal their plans for the upcoming election. Nor is he committing other crimes, unless there are laws against putting mustard on cheeseburgers, watching blonde chicks walk up staircases, or sending ninjas to kill a terrorist without the permission of the country harboring said terrorist.
 
2012-06-17 09:35:12 AM  

Dear Jerk: Clinton demeaned the office of the presidency.


No he didn't.
 
2012-06-17 09:37:53 AM  

MFAWG: thehack: Would today's crop of "journalists" be able to break that story? If it happened today would they just repeat the press release and move on?

They can't even figure out how Weedlord Hitlerboner really is.

The real question is would some corporate shiat have the balls Ben Bradlee did to actually publish the story and put his whole career and paper on the line?

I suspect not.


Ben Bradlee didn't have to worry about being suicided.
 
2012-06-17 09:39:36 AM  
The worst thing that came out of this is that now the media adds the suffix "-gate" to anything and everything from Clinton getting head to Janet Jackson's nipple slip.
 
2012-06-17 09:41:42 AM  

Mugato: The worst thing that came out of this is that now the media adds the suffix "-gate" to anything and everything from Clinton getting head to Janet Jackson's nipple slip.


No, the worst thing is "What did he know and when did he know it?"-gate.
 
2012-06-17 09:46:40 AM  

LucklessWonder: Dear Jerk: Clinton demeaned the office of the presidency.

NIXON, YOU DOLT!

/Oblig


Thank you. Surprised it took that long.
 
2012-06-17 09:51:48 AM  
I hear that plane a-comin', it must be Air Force One/ Sounds like Spiro, havin' fun...but I'm stuck in Folsom Prsion/ Why was this my fate? You can take this here guitar/ And shove it up your Watergate!
/Obscure?
 
2012-06-17 09:58:47 AM  
"He was a swine of a man and a jabbering dupe of a president. Nixon was so crooked that he needed servants to help him screw his pants on every morning. Even his funeral was illegal. He was queer in the deepest way. His body should have been burned in a trash bin." -H.S. Thompson
 
2012-06-17 10:08:10 AM  

The DBS: I guess dragging out 40 year old crimes involving the White House is easier than looking at the ones being committed by the current White House occupant.

Fight the brave fight.


Well, since there aren't any being committed by the current occupant, other than being a Democrat, being Blah, and having a funny name, we can safely consider you to be another another teabagging idiot.
 
2012-06-17 10:12:20 AM  

thehack: Would today's crop of "journalists" be able to break that story? If it happened today would they just repeat the press release and move on?

They can't even figure out how Weedlord Hitlerboner really is.


I served with Weedlord Bonerhitler, I knew Weedlord Bonerhitler, Weedlord Bonerhitler was a friend of mine. Senator, you're no Weedlord Bonerhitler.
 
2012-06-17 10:15:43 AM  
With my budding political interest forming around this same time, it was a crazy journey over the next two years as this onion unraveled. From volunteering as a high school freshman to putting Nixon '72 bumper stickers on cars (hey, cut me some slack! I lived in a blue collar immigrant family!), to being riveted by the Rayburn hearing in the summer of '73, to the Saturday Night Massacre following closely on the heels of the Yom Kippur War, I poured over each and every detail on TV and in print. Imagine how things would have played differently had there been an internet.

Amazing times. Nixon was a superior statesman with keen global vision. He should have been a college professor. As president, he was one farked up emotional mess though....paranoid beyond all belief. I think getting snaked by Joe Kennedy in '60 tripped an already fragile emotional ego.

I could only imagine what it was like to be Pat, Julie or Tricia....
 
2012-06-17 10:16:17 AM  
Nixon could have laughed it off if he an Spiro hadn't gotten caught cheating on their taxes.
 
2012-06-17 10:20:37 AM  
And then he was pardoned, setting a precedent than no president will ever *really* be punished.
 
2012-06-17 10:21:14 AM  

King Something: MFAWG: thehack: Would today's crop of "journalists" be able to break that story? If it happened today would they just repeat the press release and move on?

They can't even figure out how Weedlord Hitlerboner really is.

The real question is would some corporate shiat have the balls Ben Bradlee did to actually publish the story and put his whole career and paper on the line?

I suspect not.

Ben Bradlee didn't have to worry about being suicided.


Wanna bet?
 
2012-06-17 10:25:19 AM  

Mugato: The worst thing that came out of this is that now the media adds the suffix "-gate" to anything and everything from Clinton getting head to Janet Jackson's nipple slip.


That's a -gate already? No way is that a -gate!
 
2012-06-17 10:28:20 AM  

Boudica's War Tampon: I think the American people never realized who the very serious, very evil wrong-doers were in the Nixon administration. Yes Nixon was a criminal. But there were evil, nasty people there with him.

You know, guys like Cheney, Rumsfeld, Bush I, Kissinger.

Nixon fell a long way but in many ways he was a fall guy for nasty people in his administration.


You'll find this fun and interesting. That's Karl Rove at about 3:50 Turd Blossom is working to embarrass pundits who say Nixon doesn't appeal to youth. Nixon fell, but the machine he built is still running today.
 
2012-06-17 10:29:22 AM  

actualhuman: Mugato: The worst thing that came out of this is that now the media adds the suffix "-gate" to anything and everything from Clinton getting head to Janet Jackson's nipple slip.

That's a -gate already? No way is that a -gate!


You don't like nipple-gate?
 
2012-06-17 10:35:53 AM  

thehack: Would today's crop of "journalists" be able to break that story? If it happened today would they just repeat the press release and move on?


I can't imagine any news outlet today giving reporters the leeway of both time and money to investigate a story like that properly.

MFAWG: The real question is would some corporate shiat have the balls Ben Bradlee did to actually publish the story and put his whole career and paper on the line?


Bradley was able to do it because Katherine Graham was not only editor, but also majority owner of the paper, and she believed in the sanctity of the freedom of the fourth estate. In addition, she had support of minority shareholders to do whatever the hell she wanted, shareholders like Warren Buffet, who owned (and still owns) 10% of the Washington Post's parent company.
 
2012-06-17 10:40:04 AM  

Tyrone Slothrop: Dear Jerk: Clinton demeaned the office of the presidency.

No he didn't.


Hagbardr: thehack: Would today's crop of "journalists" be able to break that story? If it happened today would they just repeat the press release and move on?

They can't even figure out how Weedlord Hitlerboner really is.

I served with Weedlord Bonerhitler, I knew Weedlord Bonerhitler, Weedlord Bonerhitler was a friend of mine. Senator, you're no Weedlord Bonerhitler.


JFK had an intern suck off his chief of staff in the White House pool while he watched.
 
2012-06-17 10:48:51 AM  

Dwight_Yeast: I can't imagine any news outlet today giving reporters the leeway of both time and money to investigate a story like that properly.


But Octo-jelina-dashian-han just did something newsworthy requiring round the clock coverage on all the news channels!
 
2012-06-17 11:00:14 AM  
Second-rate burglary, Subby. Nixon still won big that year, but at the cost of giving mass media justification to be unbearable doucebags in the process.

Thanks a lot, you stupid, stupid bassids.
 
2012-06-17 11:00:19 AM  

Boudica's War Tampon: Nixon fell a long way but in many ways he was a fall guy for nasty people in his administration.


Although Nixon picked them, he was incapable of controlling them. I have always thought Caspar Willard Weinberger was one of the most damaging men to have served Nixon. As head of Health Education and Welfare, he did everything he could to dismantle President Johnson's Great Society social programs, supposedly for budgetary reasons.

Nixon clearly thought this policy was nuts. It was putting people out of work. Here is a recording of Nixon failing to restrain Willard Weinberger White House Tapes

Of course, Weinberger went on to triple the Federal debt by his massive increases in military spending during Reagan's presidency. Again, Reagan was incapable of controlling Weinberger. Reagan was intellectually incapable of understanding the fiscal consequences of this policy.

If Willard Romney.is elected, this is our greatest fear. Just like Willard Weinberger before, Romney will drastically slash Affordable Health Care, Social Security and Medicare while massively increasing military spending. Folks will say, "We never saw that coming."
 
2012-06-17 11:04:32 AM  

Dwight_Yeast: thehack: Would today's crop of "journalists" be able to break that story? If it happened today would they just repeat the press release and move on?

I can't imagine any news outlet today giving reporters the leeway of both time and money to investigate a story like that properly.


I completely disagree. The New Yorker let's their writers go off for a year and comeback with a 30 page story. Similarly, while NPR stories are typically kept to 4 to 5 minutes, for something important they'll give it as much time as it needs. For example, last month they had a series on fracking with a 5 to 10 minute story each day. And during the Keystone Pipeline controversy they did back to back 11+ minute segments on it. And finally, there's This American Life which is just incredible.

The problem isn't journalism but the public. Most people only want news from a source that helps validate their world view, and they can't be bothered to read or listen to anything of significant length.
 
2012-06-17 11:07:41 AM  

Garble: And then he was pardoned, setting a precedent than no president will ever *really* be punished.


^ Motherfarking THIS ^ Republicans should hide their heads in shame that Nixon wasn't indicted, but don't for some reason. Farking cowards.
 
2012-06-17 11:09:26 AM  

Free Radical: So when do the current crop of right-wing revisionists paint Nixon as the victim and portray the break in as a heroic act?


Did you know there are a lot of Republicans out there who think that what they did to Clinton was nothing more than the JUST DESSERTS for what their party "did to" Nixon. They were aghast not at actual crimes committed, but the fact that anyone could hold congressional hearings on them. Since that time it has been revealed that Republicans don't see congressional oversight as a legitimate function of government to make better government. To them it is only a partisan tool with which to attack their enemy.
 
2012-06-17 11:11:34 AM  

rjakobi: Second-rate burglary, Subby. Nixon still won big that year, but at the cost of giving mass media justification to be unbearable doucebags in the process.

Thanks a lot, you stupid, stupid bassids.


Yes. What a wonderful world this would be if only the media would refrain from telling us of the evil and unlawful things done by our betters. Why can't they be satisfied with just telling us about the missing white girl?
 
2012-06-17 11:13:14 AM  

Johnny Swank: Garble: And then he was pardoned, setting a precedent than no president will ever *really* be punished.

^ Motherfarking THIS ^ Republicans should hide their heads in shame that Nixon wasn't indicted, but don't for some reason. Farking cowards.


You guys are forgetting that Reagan was imprisoned for Iran-Contra, and to this day Republicans dare not speak his name.
 
2012-06-17 11:19:22 AM  
More important than toppling a regime, this series of events proved beyond any shadow of doubt that we have two sets of laws in this country - one for the elite/powerful & another for everybody else.

Bastard should have gone to PMITA federal prison, period.Failing that, Ford should have been impeached/imprisoned for that stinking pardon. Yeah, I know, it was legal. But there is the letter of the law and the spirit of the law, and Ford shat on the latter and every single one of us.

Rule of law my ass.
 
2012-06-17 11:19:42 AM  
Nixon was obsessed about what Howard Hughes was up to ! Nixon was leading in all the polls !
He was paranoid that's all !

Saw Drew Curtis on Stossel's show on Fox ! Wasn't aware Drew had Libertarian leanings !
 
2012-06-17 11:29:02 AM  

Notabunny: You guys are forgetting that Reagan was imprisoned for Iran-Contra, and to this day Republicans dare not speak his name.


Iran-Contra was Weinberger. As Reagan's Secretary of Defense, Weinberger transferred United States TOW anti-tank missiles to Iran during the Iran-Contra affair. No conclusive evidence has been found showing that President Reagan authorized the transfer of missiles or the diversion of the money raised by the Iranian arms sales to the Contras. President Reagan was simply out of the loop.

A federal grand jury indicted Weinberger on two counts of perjury and one count of obstruction of justice. In the last weeks of his presidency, President Bush pardoned Weinberger on Christmas eve. Weinberger had been scheduled to go on trial about a week later. See the pattern?
 
2012-06-17 11:30:11 AM  

thornhill: I completely disagree. The New Yorker let's their writers go off for a year and comeback with a 30 page story. Similarly, while NPR stories are typically kept to 4 to 5 minutes, for something important they'll give it as much time as it needs. For example, last month they had a series on fracking with a 5 to 10 minute story each day. And during the Keystone Pipeline controversy they did back to back 11+ minute segments on it. And finally, there's This American Life which is just incredible.

The problem isn't journalism but the public. Most people only want news from a source that helps validate their world view, and they can't be bothered to read or listen to anything of significant length.


That's rather like blaming people who live in a food desert for only eating junk food.

Just because there are two (extremely peripatetic) outlets out there which still practice journalism doesn't mean that the news media isn't the problem.

I'm willing to go to some lengths to keep myself informed, and the problem I'm having is that sources which used to be really good (like the BBC) are suffering from the same dumbing down of reportage between the (Murdoch-inspired) cuts to their budget and their mistake belief that they should emulate a more "consumer-friendly" model.
 
2012-06-17 11:33:51 AM  

Free Radical: So when do the current crop of right-wing revisionists paint Nixon as the victim and portray the break in as a heroic act?


I see you've never been to the Nixon Library.
 
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