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OP-ED Why liberals are so pathetically fixated on Watergate
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  1. #1
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    May 2001
    Behind Enemy Lines

    Why liberals are so pathetically fixated on Watergate

    Why liberals are so pathetically fixated on Watergate
    By Kyle Smith

    From glancing at the headlines (or even at entertainment news), you could be forgiven for thinking a full-blown Watergate is upon us.

    “Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg find parallels to Nixon era,” ran a Dec. 15 headline in The Washington Post. Spielberg has said he made the movie “The Post” because the dawn of the Trump era was exactly the right time for an unabashed prequel to “All the President’s Men” that ends with the Watergate burglary. Hanks added that if President Trump invited him to screen the movie at the White House, he’d decline and be more likely to lead an anti-Trump revolution. “We have to decide when we take to the ramparts,” Hanks said, promoting his new 1971-set film about The WaPo’s and The New York Times’ decision to print classified deliberations about the Vietnam War.

    Back then, “The Nixon administration tried to stop the story from being published,” Hanks said. “They took on the First Amendment by saying: ‘You can’t tell that story, and if you do, we’re going to threaten you.’ That is going on, of course, right now.”

    Actually, the Nixon administration didn’t just “threaten” the media but via its Justice Department secured an injunction to forbid The Times from publishing the Pentagon Papers. This is not “going on, of course, right now.” What is going on is that, like the flabby 59-year-old who can’t stop telling you how he scored the winning touchdown in high school, liberals can’t stop reliving the Watergate era. To them, Watergate stands for the twin milestones, never approached since, of taking out a Republican president and making heroes out of liberal reporters.

    Today, after a year of breathless coverage of what still looks like an evidence-free Beltway urban legend about supposed criminal collusion between Donald Trump and the Russians to sway the 2016 election, there is still no reason to think the president is going to be impeached anytime soon. And last month a devastating Quinnipiac poll showed 58 percent of voters disapprove of the way the media covers Trump, 39 percent believe the media simply makes up stories about the president and only 54 percent trust the media more than Trump to tell the truth.

    “Oh, well!” say lefty activists and their allies in journalism and the arts. Let’s just make believe.

    “The Post” is one of several Watergate-inspired works Hollywood is pumping out to troll the Trump administration. HBO’s documentary “Newspaperman: The Life and Times of Ben Bradlee,” debuted this month, while George Clooney just announced he is developing and executive-producing an eight-hour Watergate miniseries for Netflix.

    Meanwhile, the headlines keep on coming. “Donald Trump is a one-man Watergate,” ran a story in the Chicago Reader. (This, back in March). “Worse than Watergate: Trump’s Constitutional Crisis,” screamed a Huffington Post headline in May. “Trump is in much deeper trouble today than Nixon was in September 1972,” ran an October headline in Slate. “This is moving sooooo much faster than Watergate investigation did,” tweeted MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell on Dec. 1. Trump is at a “Watergate moment,” Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal said on MSNBC the same day. John Dean, the former Nixon White House counsel who helped bring down the administration, waited until only four months into Trump’s tenure before making the rounds to tell anyone who would listen (Samantha Bee, the LA Times, even a Tennessee boys’ school called Montgomery Bell Academy) that Trump was worse.

    For the Trumpsistance, “The Post” is not just an absorbing newspaper procedural but more like another “Lord of the Rings” outing upon which they imagine themselves slaying orcs with Frodo and Aragorn. Don’t be surprised to see them lining up to watch “The Post” in their cosplay finest — pussy-bow blouses for the Katharine Graham fangirls, 4-inch-wide ties for the Ben Bradlee wannabes. Except Ian McKellen never encouraged his fans to think he shared their delusions about actually venturing into Mordor to do battle with supreme evil.

    Hanks is, of course, free to prove me wrong by “taking to the ramparts,” ordinarily understood to mean participating in an armed insurrection against tyranny, not just giving speeches on awards shows and interviews to Stephen Colbert. (Which is the kind of stuff Hanks does even when he doesn’t think the republic is in danger.)

    The truth that Spielberg, Hanks, co-star Meryl Streep and the rest of the enraged left can’t quite admit (because it would damage their chances of winning awards) is that Trump’s incessant Twitter attacks on the media may be unprecedented (and counterproductive, and childish) but they don’t actually endanger the Constitution and they aren’t impeachable offenses. There’s nothing in the First Amendment that says, “The president shall tweet no tweet abridging the freedom of the press by typing “FAKE NEWS!!!” at duly accredited journalists or even Wolf Blitzer.”

    Trump may share President Nixon’s habit of losing his temper, but if being tantrum-prone were a disqualification from high office we’d have needed a congressional committee to investigate that lamp Hillary Clinton reportedly threw at Bill during the Monica Lewinsky crisis.

    Kyle Smith is critic-at-large at National Review.

  2. #2
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    Jan 2014
    Southern Born
    I saw the previews for this movie the other day. They are pathetic. Don't they know that Watergate was decades ago??
    “What the government is good at is collecting taxes, taking away your freedoms and killing people. It’s not good at much else.” — Author Tom Clancy

  3. #3
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    May 2004
    Sandhills North Carolina
    Democrats invented it but Repubs made it famous
    Before Wate gate John Kerry broke into his opponents office and used that info to make his 2nd Congressional win

    Trump won 2626 counties
    Hillary won 487 counties
    In 2018, all 435 U.S. House Members and 34 U.S. Senators are up for reelection.


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