G. Gordon Liddy, R.I.P.
Several years ago I told a former journalist that the NY Times had degenerated so far into propaganda that I no longer believed the obituaries. Here is an obituary that almost proves my case.
I say almost because the NYT obituary of G. Gordon Liddy is not as bad as I would have expected. The obitury claims that Liddy was the “mastermind behind Watergate Burglary,” a burglary that the Washington Post used to force President Nixon’s resignation. But that is not what Liddy told me.
I got to know Liddy, because he used to read some of my columns over his popular radio show. Liddy told me that officially the burglar team was looking for evidence that the Democrat National Committee was receiving funding from Cuba and the Soviet Union and that the break-in was to search the office of the DNC chairman for the evidence. Liddy, however, thought that the real purpose was to snatch from the DNC chairman’s desk a little black book that had the names of call girls with whose services the DNC rewarded its big donors. Liddy thought that White House counsel John Dean was behind the burglary and that he wanted the black book because he feared his wife’s name was in the book.
Liddy made this charge publicly, and it resulted in a law suit by John Dean that was dismissed in 1992. Liddy was later sued for his allegation by a female employee of the DNC, and the judge also dismissed this suit. Libby survived his allegation which made enough sense to jurors that they would not convict.
Liddy said that the burglars were caught because a member of the team taped the door locks needlessly in order th
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