Joining the Trump attack mob – this time on the literary side – is journalism’s most hallowed saint, Bob Woodward.
He follows Michael Wolfe who penned Fire & Fury. That tome only caused fire and fury in media minds and passed from most people’s consciousness. Then Omarosa brought her brand of hysteria with Unhinged. It described her more than Trump.
But with Woodward’s book, timed to be released on 9/11 (do you get the reference, you redneck/flyover/conservative/everything-phobe who voted for Trump?) we are expected to believe is heavy on the gravitas. After all, he broke Watergate, didn’t he and took down a president?
Only we found out later that he and Carl Bernstein were basically handed the story by Mark Felt, a disgruntled FBI agent who thought Nixon should have made him head of that organization. It wasn’t any ground breaking journalism Woodward performed.
Neither will this be, nor have his other books.
He’s more of a hit man than a truthful writer. No less than the liberal darling Politico lists six times when Woodward’s claims strained credulity.
1. The potted plant to signal “Deep Throat
Adrian Havill, author of “Deep Truth: The Lives of Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein,” wrote in the book that Woodward’s claim of signaling his “Deep Throat” source for meetings using a flowerpot on his balcony “does strain credulity,” since Woodward’s balcony faced an inner courtyard and isn’t visible from a nearby alleyway.”
2. CIA Director William Casey’s deathbed scene
Woodward claimed in his book “Veil: The Secret Wars of the CIA 1981-1987” that Casey admitted on his deathbed that he had known about the diversion of Iran arms sale money to the Contras.
But Casey’s daughter, Bernadette Casey Smith, claimed that Woodward “never got the deathbed confession,” according to the Houston Chronicle. In addition, Kevin Shipp, a member of Casey’s security detail, asserted in a self-published memoir that none of the agents standing guard over the Casey allowed Woodward into his hospital room at Georgetown University Hospital, and that in any case the former CIA director was not able to talk at the time Woodward cited.
3. Tenet’s WMD “slam dunk” quote
In his 2004 book “Plan of Attack,” Woodward claims that CIA Director George Tenet said that there was a “slam dunk case” that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction.
However, Tenet claimed that his words were taken out of context and that he was being set up as a scapegoat for the failures of the Iraq War. In a “ 60 Minutes” interview, Tenet said that he had said “slam dunk” to suggest it would be easy to build a public case for the war.
4. Did Justice William J. Brennan Jr. vote against his judgment to win favor?
In Woodward’s 1979 book “The Brethren: Inside the Supreme Court,” Justice William J. Brennan Jr. is alleged to have voted against his own personal judgment in the case Moore v. Illinois in order to avoid offending Justice Harry A. Blackmun. According to Woodward and co-author Scott Armstrong, Brennan had realized his initial vote was incorrect but declined to change it in order to avoid pushing Blackmun’s vote away on abortion and obscenity cases.
Anthony Lewis challenged this account in the New York Review of Books, saying that the charge was leveled “without serious evidence” and that the story “leaves doubts not only about the authors’ understanding but about their scrupulousness.”
Lewis said in a follow-up that he had reached all 30 law clerks that were at the Supreme Court in the 1971 term.
“Their verdict on the story told by Woodward and Armstrong was overwhelmingly negative. The prevailing tone of their comments was disbelief, verging on contempt. The clerks who had personally worked on the case or had any direct knowledge of it all flatly rejected the story,” Lewis claimed.
5. Reagan recovery scene
In “Veil,” Woodward also describes Ronald Reagan’s recovery from the 1981 attempt on his life as quite poor. He reports on a scene in which Reagan collapses into a chair. Woodward further writes that in the days after his release from the hospital, Reagan could “concentrate for only a few minutes at a time” and in the following days would only be able to “remain attentive only an hour or so a day.”
Reagan’s physician, Dr. Daniel Ruge, disputed this portrayal, telling the AP that “his recovery was superb … I never saw anything like that [description in the book] … it’s certainly news to me and I was there all the time.”
6. John Belushi portrayal in “Wired”
Close confidants of Belushi expressed outrage at the way the comedian was portrayed in Woodward’s biography “Wired,” alleging that some of the scenes were fabricated.
“There were certainly things that he just got patently wrong. He painted a portrait of John that was really inaccurate — certain stories in there that just weren’t true and never happened,” said Dan Akroyd, a fellow Blues Brother and close friend, in the book “Live from New York: An Uncensored History of Saturday Night Live.”
Akroyd did not specify which incidents in particular were made up.
So now we’re supposed to believe that Trump is a chaotic, crazed mad man out of his element in the position of leader of the free world.
Sorry, no sale here and there won’t be among the majority of the American people either. Just another cocktail party topic for those in the DC and New York Deep state world.