Yesterday Bob Woodward published a scathing review of Known and Unknown, Donald Rumsfeld’s new memoir of the Bush years.And I mean scathing. In a time before the blogosphere made the term excoriate bland from overuse this is the sort of review that would have dominated news coverage (or at least given Charlie Sheen a run for his money).
In it Woodward calls the book a “travesty…one big clean-up job, a brazen effort to shift blame to others–including President Bush–distort history, ignore the record or simply avoid discussing matters that cannot be airbrushed away.”
Woodward, by the way, has the figures and dates to back this up, and includes many of them in his review and concludes that Rumsfeld’s “failure to accept responsibility will likely be his legacy.”
Rumsfeld, meanwhile, has apparently decided to take a page from the Sarah Palin PR book and yesterday his spokesperson posted a lengthy response on Rumsfeld’s Facebook page.
The well known story about Bob Woodward is that he practices what is derided as “access journalism,” whereby he favours those who provide him with information and gossip and leak against their colleagues. Those who refuse to play along, such as Donald Rumsfeld, then pay the price…
But in all likelihood, the Bob Woodward and Sy Hersh brand of “journalism” will remain what it is: little more than self-serving accounts relying on anonymous or biased sources who often had little role in decision-making.
This post is followed by a picture of Bob Woodward, for reasons that are not entirely clear.
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