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Wednesday, June 01, 2005

The Original Left-Wing Conspiracy

Well, it's official. Mark "Who the Hell is Mark Felt" Felt has officially come forward as the mysterious Deep Throat. This is fitting, since anyone born after 1980 is equally familiar with (What the Hell was) Watergate. They might know it had something to do with Nixon being a very, very evil man, but that's all their teachers would tell them. There's a very easy "Deep Throat" joke here too but I'll leave it on the table.

I admit I had to do a little research to figure out who this guy was, but I was actually surprised at how many people pinned him as Deep Throat. The Atlantic published an article almost 15 years ago pegging him as the prime candidate. I don't think this is an insignificant fact, because how they came to the correct conclusion says a lot about this man's motives, and will hopefully lay to rest the "Deep Throat as an American Hero" myth that's still being thrown around today.

I won't go into great detail because I'd only be plagiarizing The Atlantic's article. To summarize, Felt was the number three guy in the FBI under Hoover. When Hoover kicked off Felt, by his own admission, considered himself the heir-apparent. Nixon, in an attempt to break apart what had become an autocratic organization under Hoover, immediately appointed Assistant Attorney General Patrick Grey. Naturally the FBI didn't like this, least of all Felt. Yada Yada Yada, Nixon get's impeached.

The "Yada Yada Yada" has always been that Woodward and Bernstein made contact with a concerned whistle-blower to take down a corrupt president, but in light of this revelation, let's look at what was actually going on. After Hoover died, there was a vacuum of power in Washington. Nixon's White House rushed to fill it, and the FBI needed another avenue if they ever hoped to get it back. Enter the MSM. Eager to dig up dirt on Nixon, they essentially allowed themselves to be used as a pawn in the power struggle between two establishments that they hated. Luckily for them, they got to write the history for 30 years: W, B, and DT were the heroes that saved the Republic, Nixon was the Antichrist until liberals realized that it's actually Bush.

Somehow I doubt publishers are in a hurry to correct the textbooks. The "David and Goliath" nature of the story, along with the assumed purity of the protagonists, makes for history that's too good to correct. And besides, if anyone actually learned who Mark Felt was, they might stumble upon the fact that he was convicted of approving illegal break-ins (God I love irony), only to be pardoned by some insignificant president named Reagan.

12 Comments:

Blogger John said...

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5/31/2005 07:24:00 PM  
Anonymous Steve said...

I had the same reaction. The discovery that DT was really a disgruntled employee who was just pissed that he didn't get the promotion he felt he deserved is an anti-climatic ending.

6/01/2005 05:13:00 AM  
Blogger MoxieGrrrl said...

So, someone must be a happy employee in order to blow the whistle on illegal activities?

Fact remains that a bunch of government officials were breaking the law, and Felt was an inside track to uncovering it all. Whether he was pissed off at getting passed over for a promotion or not doesn't mean anything.

6/01/2005 06:13:00 AM  
Anonymous Steve said...

moxiegrrl,

In a perfect, ideal world that would be true. But apparently, had Felt got the promotion he wanted, there never would have been a DT.

6/01/2005 06:59:00 AM  
Blogger Brash Limburg said...

Moxie,
My whole point was that this should finally lay to rest one of the Lefts most sacred Fairy Tales. Nixon's hands weren't clean, but neither were Felt's. Woodward was used by Felt because he didn't have the spine to expose himself. Remember, these are the people who bugged MLK's phone to try and get dirt on him. It was ugly business, and this is simply one more chapter.

Now if you guys would just read Ann Coulter's Treason we can lay to rest McCarthyism too.

6/01/2005 07:25:00 AM  
Anonymous Steve said...

I think Felt put it in perspective a few years ago, when asked what his reaction would be if DT was an employee of the FBI:

"It would be terrible. This would completely undermine the reputation that you might have as a loyal, logical employee of the FBI. It just wouldn't fit at all."

And when asked whether DT was a hero/patriot:

"That's not my view at all. It would be contrary to my responsibility as a loyal employee of the FBI to leak information."

6/01/2005 07:48:00 AM  
Blogger Nedhead said...

Hey Brash, you say "Somehow I doubt publishers are in a hurry to correct the textbooks". Maybe not in a hurry, but history gets rewritten all the time. Be patient! You suffered immeasurably under Clinton and got your due reward with Bush, no?

6/01/2005 09:36:00 AM  
Blogger Brash Limburg said...

Not sure what you're getting at Ned. History is rewritten all the time, it's just not corrected all that often.

6/01/2005 10:30:00 AM  
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6/01/2005 10:30:00 AM  
Blogger Nedhead said...

Not sure what I was getting at either. Just saying that you can't expect text books to reflect a different history the day after a revelation. Once the dust settles, and "professionals" have the opportunity to review the fallout, then, if necessary the "facts" may change. History books are prepared given the facts available at the time of print and under the guidance of an editor, whose judgement is relied upon to provide direction. Unfortunately, human nature is unavoidable, and interpretation happens.

In retrospect, and in the grand scheme of things Watergate really is a laughable situation. On par with someone getting his willy wet.

Anyway, can we say politics as usual?

6/01/2005 10:51:00 AM  
Blogger Brash Limburg said...

"In retrospect, and in the grand scheme of things Watergate really is a laughable situation. On par with someone getting his willy wet.
"

I'll give you that. Really, I expect politicians to be up to this kind of crap. It's the honest ones that should worry us.

6/01/2005 11:27:00 AM  
Blogger Brash Limburg said...

"In retrospect, and in the grand scheme of things Watergate really is a laughable situation. On par with someone getting his willy wet.
"

I'll give you that. Really, I expect politicians to be up to this kind of crap. It's the honest ones that should worry us.

6/01/2005 11:27:00 AM  

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