Roger L. Simon

"Deja Vu All Over Again"

Channeling Yogi Berra… or was it Nietzsche’s doctrine of “eternal return”?… John Podhoretz shows us how CBS’ behavior during Rathergate was/is nothing new in an excellent Weekly Standard article this morning – Dan Rather’s Day of Reckoning. Great Yom Kippur reading for Rather (as if).

UPDATE: The Podhoretz piece is not a thumbsucker, but a serious examination of liberal bias in the media since Goldwater. The last part of the article centers on a speech by one of the figures I most reviled – Spiro Agnew – in which the soon-to-be disgraced Nixon VP said: “I am not asking for government censorship or any other kind of censorship. I am asking whether a form of censorship already exists.” These now seem like prescient words (probably Willam Safire’s).

MORE: Howard Veit has an Agnew Anthology. Does anyone know if it all was written by Safire? I have my suspicions.