Isikoff Role in Watergate Break-in?
I'm back, after the one-day experiment to see if anyone would notice if I didn't blog. My editor noticed. Sydney is very perceptive. Sydney monitors my moods. Sydney knows when the wheels are off the track. Sydney views me as a fragile contraption that at any moment is going to make a squealing noise, emit a puff of black smoke, and expire. Sydney wrote, "Are you OK? It's not like you to not blog on a day like this."
I have no idea what she meant about "a day like this." It was a Tuesday, the most boring day of the week. Tuesday could be simply deleted from the calendar and no one would notice. Also large chunks of November.
Maybe she meant that there were so many humor options in the air, most notably the Newsweek debacle, in which a tiny item that we would call a "brief" somehow triggered World War IV. It is a miracle that North Korea did not invade South Korea as a result of any of the other various blunders in Newsweek's "Periscope" section. Newsweek apologized for the mistake about the Koran, then formally retracted the story, but so far has refused to announce that it hates itself. [Journalistic ethics requires me to note that Newsweek is owned by The Washington Post Company, which, in turn, is owned by Kaplan, a test-prep outfit. No one knows who owns Kaplan but I have a suspicion it's Viacom.]
The White House has demanded that Newsweek investigate itself and tell the world how it made the blunder. Let's face it, all world problems lead ultimately back to Newsweek. Strife in the Arab world? Newsweek's to blame! And when we say "Newsweek" you know what we really mean. Yeah. Isikoff. Michael "the demon" Isikoff. He's the one who kept getting Clinton in trouble with interns. I'm always amazed how few people realize that Isikoff was the brains behind the Watergate "plumbers." He said to G. Gordon Liddy, "I've got the most fabulous plan..."
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