Johnathan Alter's Mindscape

If Watergate Happened Now

Johnathan Alter (News?week), muses over what would happen if Watergate would have happened today. Notice the absolute seething hatred for bloggers (and jelousy over Fox Network):

"President Nixon left office in 2005 having proved me and the other "nattering nabobs of negativism" wrong. We thought that his administration was sleazy but we were never able to nail him. Those of us who hoped it would end differently knew we were in trouble when former Nixon media adviser Roger Ailes banned the word "Watergate" from Fox News's coverage and went with the logo "Assault on the Presidency" instead. By that time, the American people figured both sides were just spinning, and a tie always goes to the incumbent.

The big reason Nixon didn't have to resign: the rise of Conservative Media, which features Fox, talk radio and a bunch of noisy partisans on the Internet and best-sellers list who almost never admit their side does anything wrong."

Well Johnathan, thanks for the insult - perhaps you and your editors should "show the example" of good journalism by owning up to Newsweek's bogus story about Quran abuse instead of "weaseling" around semantics!


Oh, well, dear Johnathan, Watergate did happen during a period in 1997-2000 with President Bill Clinton. (Remember: Rape; lying to a grand jury; coverups; possible conspiracy to murder?)

Most of the things you pretend would happen "If Nixon were here", did happen. A "crook" got away with it. Heck he even wrote a book! It was called, .....ah, err.....(what in the hell was the name of that book?)