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Thursday, December 20, 2012

Woodward and Bernstein Team Up Again

Well, in a way: Carl at The Guardian today writes about old partner Bob's scoop on the tapes seeming to reveal Roger Ailes and Rupert Murdoch trying to recruit Gen. David Petraeus to run for president this time around (if he could quit playing footsie with a certain writer).  Not a new story, right? But Carl has a strong take on it. 
The tape that Bob Woodward obtained, and which the Washington Post ran in the style section, should be the denouement of the Murdoch story on both sides of the Atlantic, making clear that no institution, not even the presidency of the United States, was beyond the object of his subversion. If Murdoch had bankrolled a successful Petraeus presidential campaign and – as his emissary McFarland promised – "the rest of us [at Fox] are going to be your in-house" – Murdoch arguably might have sewn up the institutions of American democracy even more securely than his British tailoring.

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