The dishonest comparisons between Robert Mueller’s witch hunt and Watergate have already been flogged to death but they remain as a regular narrative that fills up hours of cable news airtime as the war on Trump rages on.
Despite the simple fact that many viewers and anti-Trumpers weren’t even alive when the scandal that brought down a president took place nearly half a century ago, you can argue that Watergate is receiving nearly as much coverage now as it did back in 1972.
Perhaps some of that is easily explainable since an unethical young lawyer named Hillary Rodham assisted with the inquiry and experienced first hand what it took to bring a president down.
Both CNN and MSNBC regularly prop up the mummified remains of Carl Bernstein to disperse his diatribes against President Trump but he has been trading if off of his Watergate fame for decades.
Just like his fellow reporter Bob Woodward who was able to parlay his stories for the Washington Post into a privileged position as the scribe of the Beltway elite and has cranked out a series of books that are always gushed over by the press as if Woodward carried them down on stone tablets from Mt. Sinai.
The 75-year-old courtier of the establishment will once again be showered with attention as his new anti-Trump book, “Fear: Trump in the White House” is set to drop less than two months before the midterm elections and will reach saturation coverage as the election nears and Mueller gets ready to spring his own October surprise.
As an additional nice touch, “FEAR” is set to be released on September 11th, a bit of symbolism that is right up there with the WAPO rolling out its ominous new slogan “Democracy Dies In Darkness” shortly after Trump’s inauguration.
CNN is already acting like Woodward’s public relations firm and is hyping this baby for all it’s worth.
Via CNN, “Bob Woodward’s new book puts readers ‘face to face with Trump'”:
The Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter and author will release “Fear” — his first book on the Trump administration — on September 11, 2018, just weeks before the midterm elections that could deliver a strong verdict on the President’s first two years in office.
According to sources with knowledge of the book, “Fear” is based on hundreds of hours of taped interviews with first-hand sources and provides an in-depth, probing account of Trump’s thoughts and decisions on everything from national security to the Russia investigation to the 2017 white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. In addition to interviewing dozens of administration officials, the source said, Woodward was given memos, documents, diaries and notes, including some handwritten by the President.
“Fear is the most intimate portrait of a sitting president ever published during a president’s first years in office,” one source said, adding that the book will take readers behind the scenes of the Trump White House with extensive in-the-room accounts of meetings with the President.
“It will give readers a front row seat to Trump and his time in the White House,” said the source. “You are in the Oval office, the Situation Room, Air Force One and the White House residence. You are face to face with Trump and the book documents detailed conversations, meetings, policy debates and critical decisions.”
It’s hard to see this as anything but a shameless, self-serving piece of propaganda from a guy who jumped the shark shortly after he was portrayed by the dashing young Robert Redford in “All The President’s Men” but for a man whose wealth has been made possible by Watergate he’s going to get in one last big score before cashing out and retiring.