Monday, February 14, 2005

Watergate, Deep Throat and the MSM/DNC dead horse beating machine.

Two days ago, I made reference to the left's treatment of Watergate in the years following Richard Nixon's resignation:
Leftists did not leave the playing field after Nixon resigned. They continued to beat the dead horse of Watergate for decades (even as Clinton outdid Watergate during his two terms).

To the left, Watergate is the gift that keeps on giving.

Today, I read a column by John Dean (I couldn't find a link - this was an "old media" column) that suggests that Deep Throat is seriously ill. According to Dean, Deep Throat's obituary has already been written. Deep Throat's death will allow Bob Woodward to reveal his identity publicly.

Why does this matter to anyone (except for Deep Throat, his friends and family)? Because the MSM/DNC is poised to engage in another Watergate feeding frenzy. Once Woodward identifies him publicly, news stories will appear that rehash the entire affair. We will see the same old footage of Nixon waving goodbye at the helicopter. We will see interviews with Woodward, Dean and the rest of the aging cast of characters that the left drags out every time they try to feed at this trough. We will hear that this item serves as "a reminder that Presidents sometimes do lie, as Nixon was caught doing thirty years ago and as some have speculated that Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush have done also." The network talking heads will say
all of this with a straight face and without (of course) mentioning Bill Clinton.

The MSM/DNC needs Watergate. If Watergate did not occur, MSM/DNC would have had to invent it. [Come to think of it, isn't that how the Bush national guard story got started?] Recent elections (both at home and abroad) have left very little for MSM/DNC to celebrate. So it rehashes past victories and revels in the glory days. Watergate and Vietnam. These two events will be served, re-served, salivated over, chewed on, swallowed and digested over and over again in the pages of the MSM/DNC newspapers ad nauseam until the rest of us throw up our hands and let the MSM/DNC run the government again.

In response, we have to do our best to (1) identify the feeding frenzy in advance whenever we see it coming and (2) refocus the nation's attention onto relevant items.

We should also learn from the MSM/DNC's use of Watergate as a political tool. We should use the same tactics to revisit Rathergate, Easongate and all of the coming "gates" at every conceivable opportunity. We should never let an anniversary pass without serious discussion of these items. We should identify September 8th as a blogosphere holiday, worthy of celebration on an annual basis. We should find endless ways to document these stories, including books, interviews with key players, film documentaries, etc. We should interpret every subsequent media related event for its significance in this post Rathergate world.

The difference is, we have something relevant to say whether or not we rehash our old victories. The MSM/DNC does not. But we must rehash our victories anyway so that their significance does not get lost in the endless MSM/DNC Watergate and Vietnam feeding frenzies that are bound to follow in the coming generations.
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update - The Dean/Deep Throat story was referenced by the New York Daily News last week. The original Dean column appeared in the Los Angeles Times.

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