Journalist Bob Woodward of Watergate fame has written a book full of accusations that the White House is out of control under president Trump. Typically the book relies heavily on anonymous sources and is being dismissed by president Trump and his staff as a fraud for quoting officials saying things that they say they never said, i.e., Fake News.
We can assume from his questionable journalistic past that Woodward is fabricating much of this book. Yet Woodward has been worshipped as a god for decades since he detailed the Watergate scandal that led to the resignation of president Richard Nixon in 1974.
As a Fake News media star we should never trust Woodward. He has never received any kind of serious media scrutiny or fact-checking for all that he has claimed in many books; his work has simply been accepted and glorified by his media cronies.
But not by us skeptical conservatives. And for good reason. Peter Hasson at The Daily Caller reports:
Longtime journalist Bob Woodward’s best-selling new book ‘Fear’ presents a scathing depiction of President Donald Trump and his ability to perform his duties as commander-in-chief.
While senior Trump officials including Secretary of Defense James Mattis have denied quotations attributed to them in the book, media coverage of ‘Fear’ has been largely positive, emphasizing the 75-year-old Woodward’s experience and trustworthiness.
But that coverage has left out part of the story: repeated, credible charges — including from well-respected fellow journalists — that in previous books Woodward embellished the truth, made dubious bombshell claims or was otherwise misleading.
OK, so there you go. Media hero Woodward is nothing of the sort. He is just another false Washington idol. Hasson writes about the most iconic and famous Woodward source of all, someone called “Deep Throat”:
Woodward’s former editor at the Washington Post, Ben Bradlee, though publicly complimentary of Woodward, privately doubted some of the more dramatic elements of Woodward and Carl Bernstein’s Watergate-era bestseller, ‘All the President’s Men.’
Bradlee and Woodward’s former assistant at the Post, Jeff Himmelman, revealed Bradlee’s nagging doubts in a 2012 biography of the longtime editor.
Bradlee gave Himmelman full access to his files, which revealed that details about Woodward’s relationship with infamous Watergate source “Deep Throat” gnawed at Bradlee years later. Details such as Woodward communicating with Deep Throat by placing a flag in a potted plant on his balcony, or their dozens of shadowy garage meetings.
“You know I have a little problem with Deep Throat,” Bradlee said to an assistant in a 1990 interview that he originally intended to use for a memoir but which remained private until Himmelman published his book.
“Did that potted [plant] incident ever happen? … and meeting in some garage. One meeting in the garage? Fifty meetings in the garage? I don’t know how many meetings in the garage … There’s a residual fear in my soul that that isn’t quite straight.”
Himmelman wrote that Woodward, fearful of the truth coming out, tried to pressure him into removing the damaging information from the book.
This is just one criticism of Woodward out of many, and this was about his most cherished and famous ‘anonymous’ source. Worse it came from his strongest ally at the powerful Washington Post, editor Ben Bradlee. Imagine what we don’t know about Woodward’s work. It would certainly destroy his reputation and his legacy.
(By the way, Bradlee himself, also considered a god by Democrats, was no paragon of virtue. Here is Wikipedia describing just one incident that we know about:
Bradlee has drawn criticism from several quarters for his perjury at the 1965 trial of the man accused of murdering Bradlee’s sister-in-law Mary Pinchot Meyer, who was shot to death on October 12, 1964, while walking on the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal towpath in Georgetown. Attorneys for both the prosecution and the defense (Alfred Hantman and Dovey J. Roundtree), in addition to D.C. Police Detective Bernie Crooke, along with authors Peter Janney and Nina Burleigh, have all noted the significant difference between the limited information Bradlee divulged under oath at the 1965 trial, and what he revealed 30 years later in his 1995 memoir A Good Life.)
What was Bradlee hiding? Who knows but this was indicative of his character.)
Nikitas3.com has said for many years that Woodward’s so-called ‘Deep Throat’ character was fabricated, that it sounded way too much like a spy movie, and that the FBI agent who was identified in 2005 as ‘Deep Throat’ was just another actor in Woodward’s decades-long stage play.
That Woodward would exploit such a transparent character goes to the very soul of who he is. It is a frightening picture of a psychologically imbalanced person, more like a Hollywood screenwriter than a serious journalist. Peter Hasson continues:
Former FBI agent Mark Felt took credit for being Deep Throat in 2005 but Gray, cross-referencing his father’s FBI files and four of Woodward’s notes on Deep Throat at the University of Texas, argued that some information Woodward attributed to Deep Throat couldn’t plausibly have come from Felt.
“There is now convincing evidence that ‘Deep Throat’ was indeed a fabrication. Bob Woodward has provided it himself,” Gray wrote in the book, a copy of which was reviewed by The Daily Caller News Foundation.
“‘Deep Throat’ could not be the single individual Woodward always claimed him to be” but instead was a “composite fiction,” Gray charged.
Gray’s book “demolishes forever the notion that Deep Throat was Mark Felt alone. Others have already made inroads on this subject, but the use of Woodward’s own typed notes makes the judgment final,” Rosen wrote in a June 2008 interview in American Spectator.
“Indeed, Ed Gray even identified one of the other sources Woodward has been protecting with the Deep Throat umbrella for all these years—and got that individual to admit as much, on the record. Only Woodward, who cooperated with the Gray project until the questions became uncomfortable, is left clinging to the fictions of All the President’s Men,’” Rosen wrote.
Woodward’s record is marred by similar accusations of misleading his readers.
‘Wired’, Woodward’s 1984 biography of deceased actor John Belushi, was harshly criticized both when it came out and in the years since then.
… Author Tanner Colby, in the course of researching and writing his own Belushi biography, said he found instance after instance in which Woodward’s account was misleading.
“The simple truth of ‘Wired’ is that Bob Woodward, deploying all of the talent and resources for which he is famous, produced something that is a failure as journalism,” Colby wrote in a 2013 Salon article.
“And when you imagine Woodward using the same approach to cover secret meetings about drone strikes and the budget sequester and other issues of vital national importance, well, you have to stop and shudder,” he concluded.
All very true and alarming in that Woodward has had wide political influence throughout his career. Hasson then continues about the most bizarre incident that Woodward has ever described:
A bombshell claim in ‘Veil’, Woodward’s 1987 book on the CIA, has long been a source of controversy.
Woodward claimed in the book that he was the sole witness to a dramatic deathbed confession from former CIA Director William Casey.
Casey, as he lay dying in Georgetown University hospital, jerked up in bed and confessed to Woodward that he knew about the Reagan-era Iran-Contra deal, Woodward claimed.
“People close to Casey at the time said he couldn’t even speak, much less jerk his head up. They said details of Woodward’s account, such as the positioning of Casey’s hospital bed, did not even remotely match Woodward’s description. Casey’s daughter said the encounter never happened,” Tod Robberson, now an editor at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, wrote in a 2013 Dallas Morning News column.
Anyone who remembers William Casey from the Reagan administration knows that he was a tough, no-nonsense security hawk who cared deeply about America’s well-being. We can be sure that Casey would never confess anything to a creepy little journalist like Woodward, never mind snap out of a coma to do so, as Woodward claimed he did.
Naturally liberal America is snapping up Woodward’s new book in classic lapdog fashion, and believing every word. What a travesty.
Alert: The Daily Caller reports that Woodward stumbled on one certain truth in his investigation of the White House:
Veteran reporter Bob Woodward said Friday that he conducted a thorough investigation into possible Trump-Russia collusion while researching his latest book, “Fear: Trump in the White House,” but found no evidence of a conspiracy.
“Did you Bob Woodward hear anything in your research or your interviews that sounded like espionage or collusion?” conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt asked Woodward during an interview.
“I did not. Of course I looked for it, looked for it hard,” replied Woodward.
Rest assured that if Woodward found anything about Russia that it would have been the centerpiece of his phony book. This is another nail in the coffin of the fraudulent Mueller investigation.