Brent Bozell
Earlier this year, former New York Times columnist Frank Rich wrote a trash-talking article in New York Magazine begging conservatives to dig back into the Clinton scandals of the 1990s. Hillary Clinton is preparing to run for president again, and he thinks it will help. Rich delighted in "how inexorably the Clintons will seduce the GOP into another orgy of self-destruction" by focusing on Whitewater or Bill Clinton's sexual harassments, making Hillary look again like "a victim of drive-by character assassination."

While every Clinton scandal is automatically "old news," even when it's fresh news, somehow Watergate never fades as a liberal-media fascination center. It's erupting again with the 40th anniversary of Richard Nixon's resignation over Watergate.

NPR's "The Diane Rehm Show" devoted an entire hour to Nixon aide John Dean promoting yet another book on the immoral depths of Watergate, even though the George W. Bush years inspired him to write a book called "Worse Than Watergate."

CBS's "Sunday Morning" promoted liberal Jimmy Carter-adoring historian Douglas Brinkley unloading another book on horrors he's recently discovered in the Nixon audiotapes: "There's a bigotry about people in the Third World. There's a lot of sort of barnyard cursing, unpleasant amount of backstabbing, duplicitous paranoia going on." Brinkley said, "you can come away respecting his intellect while disliking the lack of moral fiber in the man."

With the Clintons, they are always lauded for their intellect and almost never judged lacking in moral fiber.

Brinkley's co-author Luke Nichter told CBS that Nixon was a monster: "And what`s clear is that Nixon is making decisions about the Vietnam War that really don`t have a lot to do with Vietnam. Bombing the bejezus out of Vietnam, killing South Vietnamese, killing North Vietnamese, putting our own soldiers and South Vietnamese in harm`s way simply to show the Chinese we`re tough, to show the Soviets we mean business."

The networks largely ignored a newly discovered audiotape that reveals how just 10 hours before the first plane hit the Twin Towers in New York City on 9/11, Bill Clinton boasted to a business group in Australia that he had a chance to kill Osama bin Laden but passed because it would have meant killing hundreds of innocent civilians. So bin Laden killed 3,000 of ours. How was this not news? But Clinton can spout off like this and know the media will cover for him, and no one will dare to suggest he was just blowing smoke, because he didn't have the guts to risk his approval rating for anything that mattered.


Brent Bozell

Founder and President of the Media Research Center, Brent Bozell runs the largest media watchdog organization in America.
 
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