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If today’s Congress presided during Watergate

Mike Luckovich
© Mike Luckovich

I have to add that it would have been worse if today’s media had presided during Watergate. Would Woodward or Bernstein be able to publish their exposé of Watergate today?

UPDATE: See also Glenn Greenwald’s column that discusses this cartoon.

UPDATE 2: Another column, this time in the Daily Kos, that is relevant to this cartoon.

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16 Comments

  1. Alex Toronto ON wrote:

    The Woodward’s and Bernstein’s are plugging away but their stories are being postponed indefinitely or killed by their editors because of the corporatocracy that owns everything and who have managed to put the Government in their pockets.
    If you watch PBS you KNOW that some journalists win the high stakes chess game sometimes.

    Sunday, July 13, 2008 at 6:33 am | Permalink
  2. Luke James wrote:

    W & B would have totally been able to uncover the story. The media would have just ignored it completely. And any unlikely mention of it by pundits would have only been in the context of how unAmerican they were for revealing it.

    Sunday, July 13, 2008 at 10:03 am | Permalink
  3. John Thomas wrote:

    What a joke! the whole political system is one big JOKE!

    http://www.Ultimate-Anonymity.com

    Sunday, July 13, 2008 at 1:26 pm | Permalink
  4. Ralph wrote:

    But don’t you see, it isn’t funny, because that exact outcome (“case closed”) has been Cheney’s goal ever since Watergate. Cheney advanced the theory of “inherent power” so that another episode of holding a president accountable could never take place.

    Cheney 1, USA 0.

    Sunday, July 13, 2008 at 2:00 pm | Permalink
  5. Note that Nixon was threatened with impeachment for “a third-rate burglary” he tried to cover up. All it was really was a burglary, some firings and an 18-minute gap in some tapes. That was it. But he broke the law. So what does this murderous moron masquerading as president deserve for lying us into a war, massive government-wide fraud, raping the Constitution and using torture as a bit of “war on terror” improv? Whatever it is, it won’t be a Congress devoid of brains, integrity, guts and vision that will give it to him.

    Sunday, July 13, 2008 at 7:41 pm | Permalink
  6. anon wrote:

    I hope bush gets a third term in office. How awesome would that be!

    Sunday, July 13, 2008 at 8:53 pm | Permalink
  7. beejeez wrote:

    Ralph:
    I think you mean another episode of holding a REPUBLICAN president accountable could never take place.

    Monday, July 14, 2008 at 2:22 pm | Permalink
  8. Scootus wrote:

    Check out Vince Bugliosi’s interview with the Nation.
    Kind of encouraging, or so I’d prefer to believe.

    http://www.thenation.com/doc/20080707/story

    Monday, July 14, 2008 at 7:02 pm | Permalink
  9. tomdurk wrote:

    Great Cartoon!! It sums up everything! However, we do know–given the MSM & Woodward’s butt licking of bush–that the media would do even less than nothing, and the Wash Post-Times would be comparing bush & Nixon as heroic, honest leaders.

    Monday, July 14, 2008 at 7:19 pm | Permalink
  10. iron wrote:

    Excellent speech by Bill Moyers about the sorry state of our corporate-owned media.

    http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article20277.htm

    Monday, July 14, 2008 at 10:05 pm | Permalink
  11. Anonymous wrote:

    I hope more people are beginning to understand the far-reaching scope of the platform like Ron Paul’s.

    Tuesday, July 15, 2008 at 10:59 am | Permalink
  12. Douglas in Oakland wrote:

    Government transparancy was one of the explicitly stated policy issues of Ron Paul. Furthermore, he pledged to “never use Executive priviledge to deny information to the Congress.”

    Tuesday, July 15, 2008 at 11:02 am | Permalink
  13. greg wrote:

    Ron Paul would also have us return to the 19th Century. Your messiah is crazy, not because he wants to restore the constitution, but because of everything else he believes in. You are not being ignored, you’re being dismissed.

    Tuesday, July 15, 2008 at 1:51 pm | Permalink
  14. Dharmaraj wrote:

    Greg,

    Don’t be silly.

    Is State’s having the power to regulate marijuana laws so very wrong? Or do you prefer to see cancer patients and their doctors being arrested?

    I would love to see some examples, rather than just being “dismissed”.

    Have a good one,
    Raj

    Wednesday, July 16, 2008 at 12:49 am | Permalink
  15. Huck wrote:

    @Greg
    John McCain would also have us return to the 18th Century. Your messiah is crazy, not because he wants to return us to dictators in rule by fear and war, but because of everything else he believes in. You are not being ignored, you’re being dismissed.

    Wednesday, July 30, 2008 at 10:25 am | Permalink
  16. Bob wrote:

    Looks more like Barney Frank waving his arms yelling “I’m not a tax cheat”! Obama doesn’t think there’s a sorry state of our corporate-owned media, especially the GE owned media. they got him elected & GE get HealthCare, Nuke plants & Green power generation & smart grid. Crooks wheeling & dealing in ALL parties!

    Wednesday, March 31, 2010 at 12:36 pm | Permalink

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