Let’s state this very simply, so everybody will understand. The notion that Barack Obama is “Nixonian”—or that his administration’s recent troubles bear any resemblance to “Watergate”—is the biggest media lie since the phony “Whitewater scandal” crested during the Clinton presidency.
Over a decade after he bankrollled conservative sting operations into Bill Clinton’s personal life—adding serious oomph to what Hillary Clinton famously dubbed a “vast right-wing conspiracy”—Richard Mellon Scaife, scion of Pittsburgh’s famous Mellon banking and industry dynasty, has also been busted for cheating, and has recently broken bread with Bill in the former president’s New York office.
When Susan McDougal refused to implicate the Clintons in the Whitewater fiasco, she was thrown in prison, left alone with murderers and her own stubborn dignity. Savaged by Republicans and abandoned by Democrats, she would emerge from that dark chapter of American history a hero. UPDATE: Full transcript now available.
The scoundrels at Enron might finally get their due with the start of the much-anticipated fraud trial in Houston. Check out some of the columns Truthdig Editor Robert Scheer has written over the course of the scandal.