A bad month for Carl Bernstein: first the film Bernstein, Dustin Hoffman, is revealed as a sexual predator, and now the real one is revealed as a lying partisan hack.
Brava to Ann Althouse for catching this.
I’ll let Ann describe her own scoop…
I was stunned by this amazing slip this morning on CNN’s “State of the Union.” The moderator Dana Bash had this question:WOODWARD: You have to look at the crimes.
[T]he investigation has been going on for over a year, at least in the Justice Department, the FBI. We still don’t know about any evidence that the president knowingly colluded with Russia. Does that give the president’s claim that this is a witch-hunt some credence?
“He believes it’s a witch-hunt. There’s no question he believes it’s a witch-hunt.”
What?! The only way that Bernstein can make those assertions about what Trump believes is if Bernstein is sure Trump is not lying. Trump knows what he did with respect to Russia, but he’s saying it’s a witch-hunt. Trump’s saying that it’s a witch-hunt could happen if: 1. He knows there’s nothing there (i.e., Mueller is searching for for something, like a witch, that doesn’t exist), or 2. He’s worried about something that he did and he wants to hide it. Bernstein’s remark excludes #2. But Bernstein doesn’t have access to the inside of Trump’s head, so why did Bernstein say that? I’d say Bernstein, on his own, knows that there’s nothing there, and he blurted out an answer without thinking about what he was saying about what’s in his own head.
Bingo. Yet Bernstein, the hard core Democratic partisan of the iconic Woodward-Bernstein team that cracked open the Watergate conspiracy, has been making the rounds of the news shows for months asserting dire and impeachable offenses by the Trump campaign, a likely cover-up by the President, and damning bombshells to come. I assumed that this was simply wishful thinking by Bernstein, aging Sixties lefty that he is, and based on confirmation bias. But Ann is right: Bernstein let it slip that he believes Trump didn’t engage in any collusion, because his reporter’s instincts tell him so based on Trump’s words and actions.
It is Bernstein, whom much of the public trusts as a co-hero of Watergate and a truthteller, who has been lying, abusing his influence, reputation and credibility to bolster the ongoing Democratic Party’s effort to undermine public trust and interfere with the President’s execution of his duties with the false claim that the election was “stolen” from Hillary Clinton.
CNN’s interviewer, out of either incompetence or malice, didn’t pick up on Bernstein’s gaffe. Then CNN, in its online summary of the Bernstein interview, left out that damning quote. Its headline: “Bernstein: Trump’s lawyers tell him what he wants to hear on Russia.”
I wonder when that patriotic, truth seeking newspaper basking in a Stephen Speilberg glorification of its journalism will report on its former star reporter’s conduct?
My guess: never.