<div>                "Deep throat" should have been called "Deep ear".  The plumbers were formed to find and plug leaks and Mark Felt dure had a talent for for hearing and knowing more things than can be easily explained.     Tom<br>            </div>            <div class="yahoo_quoted" style="margin:10px 0px 0px 0.8ex;border-left:1px solid #ccc;padding-left:1ex;">                        <div style="font-family:'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;font-size:13px;color:#26282a;">                                <div>                    On Saturday, July 23, 2022, 10:35:17 AM EDT, John  A. Quayle via Rushtalk <rushtalk@csdco.com> wrote:                </div>                <div><br></div>                <div><br></div>                <div><div id="yiv9758758430"><div style="font:10pt Helvetica Neue;"><div style="font-family:arial, helvetica;font-size:10pt;color:black;"><font size="2"><div id="yiv9758758430"><div id="yiv9758758430yqtfd98379" class="yiv9758758430yqt4935588233"><div><div style="font:10pt Helvetica Neue;"><a shape="rect" href="https://wentworthreport.com/2022/07/21/watergate-woodward-and-bernstein-lied-and-lied-and-lied/" class="yiv9758758430moz-txt-link-freetext" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">https://wentworthreport.com/2022/07/21/watergate-woodward-and-bernstein-lied-and-lied-and-lied/</a>         <font size="2"></font><div style="font-family:arial, helvetica;font-size:10pt;color:black;"><div id="yiv9758758430"><div><div class="yiv9758758430moz-forward-container"><div class="yiv9758758430WordSection1"><div>          <div style="margin:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt;background:white;vertical-align:baseline;"><span style="font-size:15.0pt;font-family:serif;color:#222222;"><a shape="rect" href="https://wentworthreport.com/2022/07/21/watergate-woodward-and-bernstein-lied-and-lied-and-lied/" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener"><b><span style="color:#0033CC;border:none windowtext 1.0pt;padding:0cm;text-decoration:none;">Watergate:                    Woodward and Bernstein lied. And lied. And lied</span></b></a>.              By <a shape="rect" href="https://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/2022/07/exploding-watergate-myth-bruce-bawer/" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener"><b><span style="color:#0033CC;border:none windowtext 1.0pt;padding:0cm;text-decoration:none;">Bruce Bawer</span></b></a>.</span></div>           <blockquote style="border:none;border-left:solid windowtext 1.5pt;padding:0cm 0cm 0cm 0cm;margin-left:0cm;margin-right:0cm;margin-bottom:7.5pt;border-top-style:initial;border-right-style:initial;border-bottom-style:initial;border-top-color:initial;border-right-color:initial;border-bottom-color:initial;border-left-color:rgb(221,            221, 221);font-style:inherit;outline:0px;">            <div style="margin:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt;background:white;vertical-align:baseline;font-style:inherit;font-weight:inherit;outline:0px;"><em><span style="font-size:15.0pt;font-family:serif;color:#222222;border:none windowtext 1.0pt;padding:0cm;">All the President’s Men</span></em><span style="font-size:15.0pt;font-family:serif;color:#222222;"> was                a splendid work of American cinema — and it was about                what we’ve all been told ever since was the most                splendid chapter in American journalistic history, a                textbook case of dogged footwork and moral integrity                that lifted the Post into the front rank of American                newspapers, gave Woodstein (the Post’s in-house nickname                for Bob and Carl) an Olympian status that they still                enjoy to this day, made journalists as a class more                important and influential than ever, and ushered in a                new era of aggressive and ambitious — yet far more                respected — investigative reporting about politicians.</span></div>           </blockquote>          <div style="margin-right:0cm;margin-bottom:7.5pt;margin-left:0cm;background:white;vertical-align:baseline;font-style:inherit;font-weight:inherit;outline:0px;"><span style="font-size:15.0pt;font-family:serif;color:#222222;">But,              but, but:</span></div>           <blockquote style="border:none;border-left:solid windowtext 1.5pt;padding:0cm 0cm 0cm 0cm;margin-left:0cm;margin-right:0cm;margin-bottom:7.5pt;border-top-style:initial;border-right-style:initial;border-bottom-style:initial;border-top-color:initial;border-right-color:initial;border-bottom-color:initial;border-left-color:rgb(221,            221, 221);font-style:inherit;outline:0px;">            <div style="margin-right:0cm;margin-bottom:7.5pt;margin-left:0cm;background:white;vertical-align:baseline;font-style:inherit;font-weight:inherit;outline:0px;"><span style="font-size:15.0pt;font-family:serif;color:#222222;">There                was always another big question about Watergate: why                would the Nixon White House have wanted to burglarize                Democratic headquarters in the first place? It was                already obvious that Nixon was heading for a landslide                victory. He didn’t need any DNC dirt. Even in the movie,                an unnamed editor at the Post, played by John McMartin,                tells Bradlee: “I don’t believe the story. It doesn’t                make sense.” The motive for the burglary remained murky                for decades. …</span></div>             <div style="margin:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt;background:white;vertical-align:baseline;font-style:inherit;font-weight:inherit;outline:0px;"><span style="font-size:15.0pt;font-family:serif;color:#222222;">In <a shape="rect" href="https://www.amazon.com/Mysteries-Watergate-What-Really-Happened/dp/1637586132/" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener"><b><span style="color:#0033CC;border:none windowtext 1.0pt;padding:0cm;text-decoration:none;">The                      Mysteries of Watergate: What Really Happened</span></b></a> …[<span class="yiv9758758430textmarker-highlight"><span style="border:none windowtext 1.0pt;padding:0cm;">John O’Connor, a                    veteran criminal prosecutor and friend of FBI                    number-two Mark Felt, who in 2015 admitted to being                    Deep Throat</span></span>] leads us, Virgil-like,                through the whole convoluted scandal, debunking old                conjectures, proffering new information, and ultimately                spelling out, with prosecutorial meticulousness, the                myriad ways in which the full story deviates from the                Post’s accounts.</span></div>             <div style="margin:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt;background:white;vertical-align:baseline;font-style:inherit;font-weight:inherit;outline:0px;"><span style="font-size:15.0pt;font-family:serif;color:#222222;">By                book’s end, Woodward and Bernstein – and their editors –                no longer look like heroes. Far from it. … <strong><span style="font-family:serif;border:none windowtext 1.0pt;padding:0cm;">Watergate wasn’t really a Nixon                    job. It was a CIA caper. …</span></strong></span></div>             <div style="margin:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt;background:white;vertical-align:baseline;font-style:inherit;font-weight:inherit;outline:0px;"><span style="font-size:15.0pt;font-family:serif;color:#222222;">If                you saw <em><span style="font-family:serif;border:none windowtext 1.0pt;padding:0cm;">All the President’s                    Men</span></em>, you may remember Woodward’s                discovery that [Howard Hunt, the White House operative]                was also at the CIA and that he worked part-time at a PR                firm called Mullen. Mullen never comes up again in the                movie. In fact, as Woodstein soon found out, it was a                CIA front.</span></div>             <div style="margin:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt;background:white;vertical-align:baseline;font-style:inherit;font-weight:inherit;outline:0px;"><span style="font-size:15.0pt;font-family:serif;color:#222222;">But                that little detail never made it way into any of their <em><span style="font-family:serif;border:none windowtext 1.0pt;padding:0cm;">Post</span></em> articles.                Because on July 10, 1972, according to CIA records to                which O’Connor gained access, Mullen’s president, Robert                F. Bennett made a deal with Woodward — O’Connor calls it                “a conspiracy of obstruction” — to feed him Watergate                stories in exchange for a promise to omit from <em><span style="font-family:serif;border:none windowtext 1.0pt;padding:0cm;">Post</span></em> reporting any                mention of Mullen’s role as a CIA front. …</span></div>             <div style="margin:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt;background:white;vertical-align:baseline;font-style:inherit;font-weight:inherit;outline:0px;"><strong><span style="font-size:15.0pt;font-family:serif;color:#222222;border:none windowtext 1.0pt;padding:0cm;">It soon became clear to                  Woodstein that the Watergate break-in had been a CIA                  operation for which Hunt, because he was a White House                  official, had been able to claim presidential                  authorization.</span></strong><span style="font-size:15.0pt;font-family:serif;color:#222222;"> Yet                the Post — which, as O’Connor notes, was founded in 1877                as “the official organ of the Democratic Party” and                which in the 1970s, believe it or not, shared a general                counsel (Joseph Califano) with the DNC — didn’t want to                bring down the CIA. It wanted to bring down Nixon. And                after learning that <strong><span style="font-family:serif;border:none windowtext 1.0pt;padding:0cm;">the CIA’s motive for                    the break-in had to do not with political secrets                    but with a prostitution referral service that was                    operating out of DNC headquarters</span></strong>,                the <em><span style="font-family:serif;border:none windowtext 1.0pt;padding:0cm;">Post</span></em> wanted                to protect Democrats.</span></div>             <div style="margin:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt;background:white;vertical-align:baseline;font-style:inherit;font-weight:inherit;outline:0px;"><span style="font-size:15.0pt;font-family:serif;color:#222222;">Why,                then, did Nixon pursue the ultimately self-destructive                cover-up? Because John Dean — the White House counsel                who, unbeknownst to Nixon, had had his own personal                reasons for wanting the DNC’s prostitution records —                urged Nixon to do so, never informing him that what he                was covering up was, in fact, a CIA project. As O’Connor                observes, <strong><span style="font-family:serif;border:none windowtext 1.0pt;padding:0cm;">if Nixon hadn’t                    pursued the cover-up, the truth about the break-in                    might actually have come out, and Nixon would’ve                    been seen not as its mastermind but as an innocent                    fall guy.</span></strong></span></div>             <div style="margin:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt;background:white;vertical-align:baseline;font-style:inherit;font-weight:inherit;outline:0px;"><span style="font-size:15.0pt;font-family:serif;color:#222222;">You                may ask: if the <em><span style="font-family:serif;border:none windowtext 1.0pt;padding:0cm;">Post</span></em> hid                the truth about Watergate, how did that truth stay                hidden for so long? The answer requires you, if you’re                old enough, to think back to the pre-Internet era. It                was remarkably easy, back then, to hide facts — even                facts that had gone public. As it happens, news stories                containing key elements of the real Watergate story                appeared at the time in various newspapers around the                U.S. But they weren’t national newspapers. Their reports                weren’t picked up by other media. And so they                disappeared quickly down the memory hole.</span></div>             <div style="margin:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt;background:white;vertical-align:baseline;font-style:inherit;font-weight:inherit;outline:0px;"><span style="font-size:15.0pt;font-family:serif;color:#222222;">Meanwhile                the <em><span style="font-family:serif;border:none windowtext 1.0pt;padding:0cm;">Post</span></em>,                whose reporting on the subject was considered                definitive, consistently — and dishonestly — covered up                the truth. And kept doing so in the years that followed.</span></div>             <div style="margin:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt;background:white;vertical-align:baseline;font-style:inherit;font-weight:inherit;outline:0px;"><span style="font-size:15.0pt;font-family:serif;color:#222222;">An                example. In 1980, Watergate burglar G. Gordon Liddy                published Will, which O’Connor calls “the most honest of                the Watergate memoirs.” Because its publication was a                headline event, the editors of the Post felt compelled                to weigh in. In an editorial, they dismissed Liddy’s                claim that the burglary had (in their words) been “not                an attempt to collect political intelligence on                President Nixon’s enemies, but an effort master-minded                by then White House counsel John Dean to steal pictures                of prostitutes” — even though they knew this was true.                Woodward was similarly dishonest in his <em><span style="font-family:serif;border:none windowtext 1.0pt;padding:0cm;">Post</span></em> review                of the book. …</span></div>             <div style="margin:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt;background:white;vertical-align:baseline;font-style:inherit;font-weight:inherit;outline:0px;"><strong><span style="font-size:15.0pt;font-family:serif;color:#222222;border:none windowtext 1.0pt;padding:0cm;">Bottom line: the </span></strong><em><b><span style="font-size:15.0pt;font-family:serif;color:#222222;border:none windowtext 1.0pt;padding:0cm;">Post</span></b></em><strong><span style="font-size:15.0pt;font-family:serif;color:#222222;border:none windowtext 1.0pt;padding:0cm;">, that vaunted bulwark                  of American freedom, was, as O’Connor puts it, “guilty                  of a cover-up far more significant than Nixon’s.”</span></strong><span style="font-size:15.0pt;font-family:serif;color:#222222;"></span></div>           </blockquote>          <div style="margin-right:0cm;margin-bottom:7.5pt;margin-left:0cm;background:white;vertical-align:baseline;font-style:inherit;font-weight:inherit;outline:0px;"><span style="font-size:15.0pt;font-family:serif;color:#222222;">Before              Trump, there was Nixon:</span></div>           <blockquote style="border:none;border-left:solid windowtext 1.5pt;padding:0cm 0cm 0cm 0cm;margin-left:0cm;margin-right:0cm;margin-bottom:7.5pt;border-top-style:initial;border-right-style:initial;border-bottom-style:initial;border-top-color:initial;border-right-color:initial;border-bottom-color:initial;border-left-color:rgb(221,            221, 221);font-style:inherit;outline:0px;">            <div style="margin-right:0cm;margin-bottom:7.5pt;margin-left:0cm;background:white;vertical-align:baseline;font-style:inherit;font-weight:inherit;outline:0px;"><span style="font-size:15.0pt;font-family:serif;color:#222222;">Leading                figures in the Deep State — from Bradlee to Special                Prosecutor Archibald Cox, both Kennedy family intimates                — cynically worked together to remove from the Oval                Office a man who’d just been re-elected by an                overwhelming margin of 520 to 17 electoral votes, but                whom they, the Beltway insiders who felt their own                judgment should trump that of the American people,                uniformly despised.</span></div>             <div style="margin:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt;background:white;vertical-align:baseline;font-style:inherit;font-weight:inherit;outline:0px;"><span style="font-size:15.0pt;font-family:serif;color:#222222;">And                they won. …</span></div>           </blockquote>          <div style="margin-right:0cm;margin-bottom:7.5pt;margin-left:0cm;background:white;vertical-align:baseline;font-style:inherit;font-weight:inherit;outline:0px;"><span style="font-size:15.0pt;font-family:serif;color:#222222;">A              major lurch to the left and bureaucratic control:</span></div>           <blockquote style="border:none;border-left:solid windowtext 1.5pt;padding:0cm 0cm 0cm 0cm;margin-left:0cm;margin-right:0cm;margin-bottom:7.5pt;border-top-style:initial;border-right-style:initial;border-bottom-style:initial;border-top-color:initial;border-right-color:initial;border-bottom-color:initial;border-left-color:rgb(221,            221, 221);font-style:inherit;outline:0px;">            <div style="margin-right:0cm;margin-bottom:7.5pt;margin-left:0cm;background:white;vertical-align:baseline;font-style:inherit;font-weight:inherit;outline:0px;"><span style="font-size:15.0pt;font-family:serif;color:#222222;">Woodward                and Bernstein didn’t just destroy Nixon. They radically                altered the course of American history. By bringing down                Nixon, they gave us Jimmy Carter. They revealed to their                colleagues in the American news media just how much                power they all had to shape public opinion — and how                much wealth and prestige they could accrue by bending                the facts to fit a partisan narrative. Woodstein’s                example made possible the news media’s use, decades                later, of endlessly repeated lies about Donald Trump to                bring down yet another successful presidency.</span></div>             <div style="margin:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt;background:white;vertical-align:baseline;font-style:inherit;font-weight:inherit;outline:0px;"><span style="font-size:15.0pt;font-family:serif;color:#222222;">In                short, the real story of Watergate is far different from                the story we’ve been told all these years. The only                remaining mystery now is this: to what, if any, degree                will John O’Connor, in the face of a press corps and a                community of academic historians who are devoted to the                Watergate myth, succeed in replacing that myth, in the                public record, with the Nixon-friendly, Post-damning                facts?</span></div>           </blockquote>          <div style="margin-right:0cm;margin-bottom:7.5pt;margin-left:0cm;background:white;vertical-align:baseline;font-style:inherit;font-weight:inherit;outline:0px;"><span style="font-size:15.0pt;font-family:serif;color:#222222;">The              administrative state might have got rid of JFK, they got              rid of Nixon with the spooks and the cover-up lies, and              Trump’s election defeat was probably rigged. Hmmm.</span></div>         </div>        <div class="yiv9758758430MsoNormal"><span class="yiv9758758430posted-on"><span style="font-family:serif;border:none windowtext 1.0pt;padding:0cm;">Posted on <a shape="rect" href="https://wentworthreport.com/2022/07/21/watergate-woodward-and-bernstein-lied-and-lied-and-lied/" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener"><b><span style="color:#0033CC;text-decoration:none;">21 July                    202</span></b><b><span style="color:#0033CC;text-decoration:none;">2</span></b></a></span></span><span class="yiv9758758430byline"><span style="font-family:serif;border:none windowte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