Bob Woodward has gone from a great investigative reporter to a self-serving journalistic hack in the eyes of the same people who made him great in the first place. Is Woodward the same steady keen-eyed fellow who helped bring down Richard Nixon, or has he changed into something else?
Going back to the Nixon days and reading the praise for Woodward gives a very different picture from the comments of today. Now something of hero to the right, Woodard has become a very flawed man to the left. Who in all this confusion has remained steadfast? Probably nobody!
In the arena of theater, politics, and statesmanship, which seems the first to fall? Statesmanship requires a little theater and politics but the latter two are more often self-serving rather than nation serving.
I have a strong feeling that none among us is free of bias, and that certainly includes me. But bias braked by honesty is not an evil thing. Actually, bias has changed quite a bit in common usage and now means that you are wrong if you differ from me. If you check the records of both men carefully, you will find that Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon were about equally prone to dishonesty or maybe just to the idea that a few well-told lies or a little vote theft in behalf of the right ideal is no sin.
A little coverup and deception by church leaders comes under this assumption of a small sin on behalf of a great ideal, but the idea has not worked out too well in the long run.
In the eyes of outraged liberals, Woodward has certainly done the unpardonable by appearing on Fox News. Just listening to Fox News is grounds for divorce. There is an old adage that says what goes around comes around, and it is especially true if you are thinking of politics or merry-go-rounds.
In the final analysis, I suppose that political shennagins come out at about 50-50, but please remember that one rabbit and one horse make a 50-50 mixture of horse-and-rabbit stew.
I do not know exactly what that implies, but it sounded logical when I heard it a few days ago. Lyndon Johnson often quoted a great verse of scripture when he said, “Come let us reason together.” It came out pretty well for Lyndon, but in my case, it has not amounted to much.
Serious thinking leads to serious debate that often leads to war and all sorts of other unpleasant things.
If any of you readers think you can out-silly me, bring it on, and we will have a go of it. In the meantime, it is time for my nap.
TOBY HIGHTOWER is a retired educator and former Hopkinsville High School teacher. His email address is email@example.com. Write to him at 222 S. 25th St., Apartment 434, Terre Haute, IN. 47803.