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‘And the Public was Glad to Go Along’

“Nothing had bugged me more during and right after Watergate than the know-nothing charge that the press had gone after Nixon because he was a Republican and the press consisted of a bunch of liberal Democrats. ‘You guys never would have gone after Kennedy,’ went the dreary charge, ‘if he were involved in Watergate.’ Truth is, at the Post anyway, we were always praying for good Democratic scandals ... and found more than our share. But that criticism, the suggestion of bias, wore me down over the years, I now think, and I know we walked the extra mile to accept the official version of events from the [Republican] White House—explanations that I doubt we would have accepted from the right-hand men of Democratic presidents. And the public was glad to go along.” 

— Ben Bradlee, “A Good Life,” pg.  409

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Posted at 04:19 PM on Tue. Jan 30, 2018 in category Media  

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