Thursday, June 02, 2005

 

Deep Throat, Tripp both have stuff of heroes

John Kass (registration required, see Bugmenot) makes an interesting observation concerning media hypocrisy:
Felt is the former senior FBI official whose information brought down Nixon, a Republican, and forced Nixon to resign.

Tripp is the Pentagon employee who secretly taped conversations with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky, which led to impeachment proceedings against President Bill Clinton, a Democrat, who also abused power but did not resign.

Both presidents abused their power, lied and connived, and used the hammer of government to smash opponents. One had an unpopular war and inflation. The other was in office when people had fat wallets, as Americans were encouraged to not let foreign policy bother them too much.

While hushed reverential tones around Felt are obvious, Tripp has been ignored. When mentioned, she's ridiculed. Why?

'Because Felt put down a Republican president. And Linda Tripp nailed a Democratic president,' Schippers said.
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Felt was shielded, though he was an FBI official leaking privileged information. Tripp was warned by Clinton's people not to release the tapes. She had no protection, other than those tapes, Schippers said. She was publicly eviscerated and marked for revenge.

"If he's a hero, and he is, then she's a hero. They're both heroes. But they're treated differently, aren't they?"
They sure are.

Incidentally, as much as I despised Clinton and as despicable and criminal as his behavior was, it was cowardly for the House of Representatives to impeach him on perjury and obstruction of justice grounds alone. Clinton's blatant abuses of power were at least as bad as Nixon's and should have been made the focus of arguments favoring his removal from office. But a substantial number of Republicans instead chose political expediency, voting against the article of impeachment alleging abuse of power.

Update: Captain Ed posts about Bill Clinton's incredible reaction on Lary King Live to Mark Felt's role as Deep Throat.

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