The right-wing echo chamber pardons Nixon—again.
David Gergen painted Felt as a thug on the PBS News Hour this evening. All sorts of conservatives have been doing their best to impugn Felt's motives. It's their last chance to give Nixon a full pardon, I guess.
Rush Limbaugh said today that Felt was just a criminal who illegally leaked information. He opened today's radio rant crowing about how Felt's admission has taken money away from Woodward and Bernstein, as far as a future book goes. (Still bitter about Watergate, Rush? Good.) Fox News mentions that Felt was one of the ones convicted for authorizing illegal break-ins while investigating the Weather Underground, calling them "a radical group," not mentioning that they were responsible for the bombings of 52 buildings between 1970 and 1972. (You might expect more tolerance for such tactics from such staunch defenders of the Patriot Act, you know?) There's nothing on the Washington Times' web site but a couple wire stories so far; I imagine they'll offer some editorial smear against Felt, too. Check them tomorrow. Here are the links for the above-mentioned stories:
Prediction: Tony Blankley of The Washington Times will feature a slur of Mark Felt in his next column. The right wing, lacking honor, has to feign indignation. It's all they've got.
The right-wing media echo chamber is already working hard on smearing Felt. Expect them to be in overdrive by tomorrow, June 1. This is their last chance to defend their hero, Richard Nixon, without whom Ronald Reagan's presidency would have ever been possible.