Monday, January 26, 2009

Woodward and bullshit

By Michael J.W. Stickings

Bob Woodward may, justifiably or not, be one of Washington's most eminent reporters, but this... this is just blatantly irresponsible:

Appearing on the Chris Matthews Show Sunday, Bob Woodward offered a rather cryptic prediction of scandal that will plague the Obama White House.

"This may be tantalizing but vague," said the Washington Post scribe. "I don't think the nanny or household tax problems and so forth are over for the Obama administration..."

Matthews pressed ever so slightly for more information, but Woodward did not oblige: "I say it's not over."

Right. Maybe it's not. Maybe Woodward knows something that most of the rest of us don't (as has often been the case in the past). But then why hint at it like this? Why so vague -- so annoying vague as to be not tantalizing. If he can't say anything more, or is unwilling to, that is, if he's not prepared to provide any details, any substance, then why say anything at all? Why not just comment if and when something more substantive actually comes out? He wasn't breaking any story on Matthews's show, after all, he was just, ever so coyly, as if reminding us all that he's the famous reporter, predicting a scandal to come?

Woodward has credibility as an insider to whom people are willing to spill the beans, I grant him that, and some of his books have been quite interesting, and, yes, he'll always have Watergate, but otherwise, and notably in his appearances on CNN with Larry King, he has pathetically little to offer in the way of substantive commentary or analysis. And now, it seems, he's resorting to... what? Gossip? Bullshit? Pre-emptive scandalmongering?

Watch for yourself. As usual, his colleagues "ooh" and "ahh" at his mysterious ways, kowtowing to the insider of insiders, to the man who knew Deep Throat and who must surely know so much.

Until he wants to do some actual reporting, though, he should just keep his mouth shut.

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5 Comments:

  • Nothing to be concerned about.

    The nanny tax kicks in any time someone pays someone over the age of 18 more than 1600 bucks for household help.

    It is a tricky and very annoying tax.

    If Obama is indeed guilty of it would probably be back in the mid 90's when it was first introduced and I'm sure hundreds of millions of other people would also be affected by it.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:13 PM  

  • But when it was Bush . . . . . . oh, the CRIMINALITY of it all! You lapped up every morsel.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:26 AM  

  • Wow - there should be some sort of academy award for false equivalence here. Destroying Iraq without provocation, killing hundreds of thousands, exiling millions; removing Habeas, institutiing torture, domestic spying without probable cause or court supervision, allowing uncountable billions to disappear into the pockets of offshore military contractors and most of all shoving an insane, self destructive economic policy down our throats is just like failing to pay a "nanny tax."

    Congratulations! You win the golden douche bag!

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