REBEL MEDIA: Not the President's man
2 months, 2 weeks ago
I don't know which is more surprising: Is it watching liberals tear down journalistic icon Bob Woodward or watching conservatives give praise and defend him?
The Watergate hearings and the end of the Nixon presidency are some of my earliest memories of watching television as a child. While the desire to be the next Jack Buck or Bob Costas is what pushed me to go to the world's oldest and finest School of Journalism (I don't need to say which one. You know), the work of Woodward and Carl Bernstein certainly made an impression and served as a foundation of what my "grown-up" news career would be all about.
Sports is often described as the "toy department of news" and many of us start there and then realize the long hours aren't conducive for a family or that you can make more money by going and doing something else.
So I've always revered Woodward's work and read about half of his best-selling books. You feel like you've accomplished something once you've been able to grind through a Woodward tome.
But now the same conservatives who, in the past, have blasted him for "taking down Nixon" or laying out the workings of the Bush 43 White House are riding to his rescue as he sets the record straight on President Obama, especially on the topic of the sequester. Likewise, the liberal defenders of the president are now saying Woodward "gets it wrong" or is senile. Please.
From breitbart.com: Matt Yglesias of Slate summed up the general Palace Guard Media take: “Woodward’s managed to make me suspect Nixon got a raw deal.”
I've always believed that if boths sides are mad at you, you must be doing something right. Woodward is proving this adage to be more than true.