As an aging baby boomer, the Barometer has been tickled to see Watergate sleuth/reporter, Bob Woodward,Â landing on the wrong side of a Democratic president.Â Mr. Woodward and his Washington Post colleague, Carl Bernstein, were the bane of the Nixon White House’s existence during the Watergate scandal.Â From that point forward, Mr. WoodwardÂ became the dean of journalism with his books used as definitive history for any administration.
However, Mr. Woodward crossed a line when he stood firm on his reporting that the so-called budget sequestration (the automatic cuts in spending) was Mr. Obama’s idea.Â He went further into disowning territory when he revealed that he was told by White House aide, Gene Sperling, that he would “regret” his reporting on the sequestration.
“How could you do it, Bob?” seemed to be the outcry.Â Mr. Woodward understands the ethics of journalism. His role is to report the truth.Â He did because Mr. Sperling and the White House acknowledged that his reporting was correct.Â Mr. Woodward has shown what we all should have known through the study of history.Â Sometimes the truth helps one party and sometimes it helps another.Â Truth does exist, and it cross political lines. No party owns truth.Â While each party may want to own truth as a means of winning battles, truth almost always lies somewhere in between party positions.Â Mr. Woodward understands this reality, and, as a result, reported unflattering information.Â Mr. Woodward was acting as an ethical journalist in doing so, something he did during Watergate.Â Different folks are howling now than were doing so in 1972-73.Â Howling did not make those stubborn facts any less accurate.