July 20, 2011

MICKEY KAUS: Carl Bernstein’s Hypocritical Murdoch Comments: “Bernstein is an awkward choice for critic of phone hacking, because of the memorable moment in the Watergate investigation when, stymied in his investigation of the suspicious burglary, he turns to a source at the phone company to obtain what were supposed to be private telephone records. Here is the relevant passage from pages 35 and 36 of All the President’s Men. . . . Clearly for Bernstein the issue of privacy vs. the public’s interest in truth isn’t quite as clear-cut as some Murdoch critics might like. In the crunch, when Bernstein was tempted, he agonized — but not for very long.”