Sunday, October 01, 2006

Ledeen on Woodward

Bob Woodward has cannily published his new book - State of Denial - just before the 2006 election to make it the must-read bible for the Democrats, thus to drive up his sales and to make his book itself into a talking point, a weapon of choice in Democrat hands. It's also a way for Woodward to position himself politically to redeem his reputation among democrats - his last two books were understood to be overly friendly to the Bush Administration.

Over at the Corner, Michael Ledeen tells us why he hasn't read Bob Woodward's books in years:
There doesn't seem to be much interest in Woodward's book [at the Corner], and for good reason. Anyone who thinks he knows what other people are thinking, especially in situations he didn't witness—which is after all what most all Woodward books are all about—is not to be taken seriously. I haven't read a Woodward book since I reviewed his thing on Casey, which famously contained an account of a sort of conversation he claimed he had with the stroke-stricken director of central intelligence in the hospital. Woodward was scheduled to go on Nightline, and earlier that day Ted Koppel called me and asked what I would ask Woodward.

"Ask him to describe the room," I said. "You know, what was Casey wearing? Were there lots of flowers? What color were his pajamas, that sort of thing..." And Koppel did. And Woodward froze, deer-in-the-headlights. Then he said he couldn't discuss it because it would "reveal sources."

He couldn't discuss it because he wasn't there. He was the source himself.

I'm not going to read this one either.


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