The Perils of Calling Trump a Liar

| February 1, 2017

When Richard Nixon was president, most journalists knew he was a thoroughly dishonest man. Early in his first term he had declared war on them—famously in two high-profile speeches delivered by his pit-bull vice president, Spiro T. Agnew—and he spied on many with illegal wiretaps authorized by his national security adviser Henry Kissinger. When reporters crossed him, he punished them with petty retributions (excluding some from his trip to China) and unconstitutional abuses of power (siccing the IRS or FBI on others) that became grounds for his impeachment.

Well before Watergate, Nixon’s treatment of reporters led them to thunder that because of his distortions and manipulations, freedom of the press was under siege. The news media’s leading lights sounded the alarm. Accepting the “Broadcaster of the Year” award in 1971, Walter Cronkite labeled Nixon’s anti-press campaign “a grand conspiracy.” On the Dick Cavett show, Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee charged that “the First Amendment is in greater danger than any time I’ve seen it.” A blue-ribbon National Press Club report found Nixon guilty of “an unprecedented, government-wide effort to control, restrict and conceal information” and “discredit the press.” The Senate even convened hearings—chaired by Sam Ervin, Democrat of North Carolina, who later led the Watergate inquiry—into whether, as Ervin put it, “the Constitution’s guarantee of a free press” was “on its deathbed.”

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source: http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2017/01/the-perils-of-calling-trump-a-liar-214704

  • Martin Aschoff

    If that article isn’t partisan politics, I’m not sure what is! I also missed the part where the press discussed what the cause might be, for its single digit approval ratings with the general public. Remember that old saying about people who live in glass houses? I believe that until the main stream press gets back to just reporting the news, based on unbiased investigative reporting, most intelligent Americans will continue to do their own research, and come to their own conclusions.

  • dcartmill

    Journalistic integrity is an OXYMORON. Credibility ,trust , once lost are difficult to re acquire. Posing ,finger pointing , biased manipulation of the news ,out of context editing , and out right lying by the MSM has all but destroyed them as they circle the toilet bowl. The MSM will have to prove themselves to me before I will ever again believe a word printed or spoken by the MSM.

  • AZtejas

    During the 1960 election the press declared all out war against President Nixon. For what reason I have no idea. But that was the start of the press becoming the Democrat Propaganda machine. So yes this is a partisan political hit piece. President Nixon returned what the press gave for much of the same. If he had the social media we have today, his time in office would have been much better.

  • Terrence

    I LOVED RICHARD NIXON JUST LIKE PRESIDENT TRUMP THEY WILL BOTH GO DOWN IN HISTORY AS GREAT MEN. I WILL GIVE MY LIFE FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP
    I REMEMBERED I CRIED LIKE A BABY AFTER PRESIDENT NIXON DIED. GOD BLESS THEM BOTH AND GOD BLESS AMERICA

    • mowmtn

      amen

      • The Redman

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    • The Redman

      U ah suck boy terri. hahahahahahaahahhh

  • generalJed

    The problem for the press is that whatever Trump posits as the truth always comes out as the truth! The Press cannot say that!

  • The Redman

    Even trump knows dat he is a “liar”. hahahahhahahahaahh