Former Washington Post reporter Carl Bernstein continues to milk his fame from being one of the reporters on the Watergate scandal that ran Richard Nixon out of office.
Now a cranky old man, the 73-year-old has a regular gig at CNN where he can pretend that the ongoing witch hunt against President Donald Trump is the equivalent of Watergate.
By doing so, it is a way for Bernstein to sip from the fountain of youth but more often, he just looks like a pathetic codger who is desperately trying to relive the glory days.
His latest scoop? Those Americans who don’t take the word of CNN fake news weasels as if it were spoken from the mouth of God himself are living in an alternate reality and it’s all the fault of Fox News.
Oh, and the country is already in the midst of what he calls a “cold civil war”, a point that may be at least somewhat accurate but that war has been initiated by CNN and the left who are unable to process losing an election.
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) July 17, 2017
According to the Washington Examiner “Carl Bernstein: ‘Cold civil war’ gripping US as media embrace ‘different truths’”:
Carl Bernstein depicted the contentious nature of politics as being in the middle of a “cold civil war” as President Trump pushes back against what he calls “fake news” and various news outlets are perceived as espousing different “truths.”
Appearing on CNN’s “Reliable Sources” on Sunday, alongside Leonard Downie, former executive editor and vice president of the Washington Post, Bernstein compared the current media climate to that of the Watergate era. He stressed the importance of anonymous sources and said “quote ‘leaks’ which really are not leaks” are instead “mostly reporters trying very hard to get truthful information and put some context to this story.”
Bernstein said one of the big difference between Watergate and now is “that we are in the midst of a cold civil war in this country.”
He expanded on that idea, saying that there is a political and cultural civil war and all of our reporting is taking place in the context of that cold civil war. And nothing quite like that existed at the time of Watergate.”
Part of the “cold civil war,” Berstein added, can be pinned on the “configuration of media with Fox News, with CNN being perceived by different sets of viewers as representing different truths.” Singling out Fox News, he said the right-leaning cable news channel has “changed American politics as perhaps no other institution has.”
Not all of his critique focused solely on specific networks, but on cable news in general, which he described as a “hothouse of political debate in which fact-base debate is becoming impossible in this culture.”
But the press has indeed changed since the dashing young newsman reached the heights of fame and was even played by a young Dustin Hoffman in the Academy Award winning film “All the President’s Men” way back in 1976, it’s a totally different country now and not in a good way.
Like Bob Woodward, Bernstein has become the same type of establishment political hack that he once damned. Mr. Bernstein is a flaming leftist and dyed in the wool Trump hater who fits in perfectly at CNN.