Woodward Revelations Deepen Crisis in Journalism
It has not been a good year for journalism.
Last month, Jay Rosen said that the New York Times was no longer the paper of record, having ceded that position to the Washington Post. But now star Post reporter Bob Woodward has admited that he knew more about the Plamegate affair than he let on. Moreover he was very critical of Fitzgerald's investigation calling the prosecutor 'disgraceful' and a 'junkyard dog'.
These new developments cast a dark shadow over what was once a highly respected news organization. Now the New York Times, CBC and the Washington Times have all been seriously discredited.
Arianna Huffington has a round up of the WaPo situation in here piece, "Woodward: From Watergate Hero to Plamegate Goat"
Bob Woodward. What a career arc. From exposing a presidential cover-up in Watergate to covering up his role in Plamegate. And being forced to apologize to his own paper. And asking a colleague, Walter Pincus, not to mention Woodward's role in the story. And failing to tell his editor that he had vital information about a major story. And, to bottom it out, doing the TV and radio rounds, minimizing the scandal as "laughable", "an accident", "nothing to it" and denigrating Fitzgerald as "disgraceful" and "a junkyard dog" without ever once divulging that he was not just an observer of the CIA leak case but a recipient -- perhaps the first -- of the leak.