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Disillusioned with Woodward

Dear Editor:The recent talk by Bob Woodward has, I believe, disillusioned many listeners, who had favorably remembered him as the gutsy journalist who ferreted out Nixon-era misdeeds.His description of the interview with the president was specially revealing. He characterized himself as the zealous fact finder, suggesting that he had grilled him for three-and-a-half hours like a prosecutor during a deposition. A deposed person has to swear an oath to tell the truth. The president was under no such obligation.To expect and then report honest answers from this president who told so many whoppers in his political career, is suspect. What exactly was Bob’s mission when he wrote this book, released conveniently during the election cycle?He was given exclusive access to highly classified information and basically handed the bulk of his research by the White House.Bob, why did you not find your “deep throat” that could have helped you figure out not whether but why the intelligence was wrong? The landscape is strewn with evidence of cooked facts. The CIA is professionally staffed and not just with dummies. You state that an administration that controls all levels of government will not investigate itself. That is where you were supposed to come in. Your mother may think you are a reporter, but I no longer think so.Stefan EdlisAspen

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