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Thursday, June 02, 2005

Rewriting History

Thirty years later the media's spin on the Watergate informant Mark Felt, is to demonize him for exposing lies and corruption in the then current administration. Could this be a warning to those exposing the lies and corruption of the Bush administration? Is the martyrdom that is being placed on Nixon an attempt to soften the possible impeachment of the current resident of the White House?

WASHINGTON Conservative commentator Pat Buchanan, a onetime speechwriter for President Nixon, provided the expected thunder on the right Wednesday, characterizing W. Mark Felt as "dishonorable" for leaking information about Watergate to the Washington Post.

Saying "Deep Throat" is "not a hero he's a snake," Buchanan compared Felt to Linda Tripp, who helped precipitate President Clinton's impeachment by leaking tapes of her conversations with Monica S. Lewinsky. Buchanan criticized the media for not making Tripp a heroine as well.

"The only reason Mark Felt is a hero now [is because he helped] destroy Richard Milhous Nixon," Buchanan told WABC Radio.

Others from the Watergate era weighed in with similar criticisms. G. Gordon Liddy, the Nixon operative who led the 1972 break-in at the Democratic National Committee headquarters that began the scandal, said Felt was obliged as a law enforcement officer to turn over evidence of wrongdoing to authorities, not to the media.

"What he did was wrong," Liddy said.

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