It’s often been said that the best fiction contains an element of truth; truth helps to ground the fiction, and keep it relatable for the reader. Most of the time, the truth in fiction is intentional. In the case of this Bob Woodward appearance on Fox News…maybe not so much.
Woodward was, of course, half of the Woodward and Bernstein team that broke the Watergate scandal and ultimately sent Tricky Dick packing. Since then, Woodward’s been something of a liberal hero. Well, mostly. He did support Bush’s claim of WMDs in Iraq, which was likely just an honest mistake. His “veiled threat” reporting from Obama’s White House? Not so much. Maybe that’s why Fox felt comfortable having him on.
Woodward’s got quite the history of comparing things to the Watergate scandal that made his name. In Woodward’s mind, everything (Benghazi, Monica Lewinsky, Katrina, 9/11) either IS or ISN’T Watergate. You can almost hear the palpable disappointment on BS Mountain when Woodward breaks the latter news on the Obamacare problems and whether or not they will be “Obama’s Watergate.”
“I think you have to look at motive. And the president’s motive here, even though there are deep problems with the implementation, he wants to do something good for 30 million people and get them health insurance. So, this isn’t Watergate. This isn’t Clinton and Monica Lewinsky.”
So, sorry Fox…turns out that people are probably willing to forgive a well-intended screw-up over a badly intended success. Well-intended screw-ups like believing there were WMDs in Iraq.