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Bob Woodward, who, with his Washington Post colleague Carl Bernstein, exposed Watergate in the 1970s, recently completed a book on the Trump presidency.

The book is called Fear. Some of its content is dubious.

However, on Friday, September 14, 2018, Woodward gave an interview to Hugh Hewitt in which he said he spent two years looking for Trump-Russia collusion — and came up empty handed.

Real Clear Politics has the transcript of Woodward’s exchange with Hewitt about President Trump’s former White House attorney John Dowd, who, for better or worse, played it straight with special counsel Robert Mueller and his team (emphases mine):

HUGH HEWITT, HOST: Yeah, but I just think people who have been critical of you in the public, all they have to do is say hey, release my tapes, Bob, and we’ll find out whether Gary Cohn said what he said, and John Dowd said what he said, and Rob Porter said what they said. Now let’s get to the substance. I believe that if the president had actually read this book, and their team had read this book, they would not have attacked the book. They would have spun it differently, because there’s a lot complimentary in this book, the most important of which is John Dowd firmly believes, the president’s former lawyer, that the special counsel, Bob Mueller, has nothing. There’s no collusion, there’s nothing. It’s all a play to get an 18 USC 1001 perjury trap, and that POTUS should never sit down. Is that a fair assessment of what John Dowd believes?

BOB WOODWARD, ‘FEAR’ AUTHOR: Oh, well, yeah, until we end. And finally, it, the point where Dowd resigns because he is convinced the president should not testify, Dowd concludes that Mueller had played him for a sucker, got all of the cooperation of 37 witnesses, a million pages-plus of campaign documents, 20,000 pages of White House documents. So in the end, as he says to the president, he said you were right. We can’t trust Mueller.

HH: And I tell you, Bob Woodward, I read this book as a lawyer. I’m not a defense lawyer, although I was at Justice. Dowd got played badly. Do you agree?

BW: Well, but he is the one who decided on the strategy – total cooperation. We’re going to let you, we’re opening the door completely. And some of the most sensitive material was given to Mueller. He was delighted to have it. It is quite true that Dowd concluded from his own work, remember, he spent eight months on this intensely, time with Mueller, time with the White House people, time with Trump. And he didn’t see anything there until the end.

HH: So let’s set aside the Comey firing, which as a Constitutional law professor, no one will ever persuade me can be obstruction. And Rod Rosenstein has laid out reasons why even if those weren’t the president’s reasons. Set aside the Comey firing. Did you, Bob Woodward, hear anything in your research in your interviews that sounded like espionage or collusion?

BW: I did not, and of course, I looked for it, looked for it hard. And so you know, there we are. We’re going to see what Mueller has, and Dowd may be right. He has something that Dowd and the president don’t know about, a secret witness or somebody who has changed their testimony. As you know, that often happens, and that can break open or turn a case.

HH: But you’ve seen no collusion?

BW: I have not.

There’s a coup going on.

Mueller will have to find something to pin on President Trump to justify his waste of taxpayers’ money, which is probably by now into the double digits of millions of dollars right now. By last November, it was rumoured to have cost $5m already.

Mueller is all about saving his own reputation and destroying others’, which he has done throughout his career. But, that’s another topic for another day.

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On March 8, 2018, Bob Woodward — who broke the Watergate scandal with his journalist partner Carl Bernstein — gave an interview to Newsweek in which he discussed his investigation of the Nixon administration, today’s journalism and the way the media reports on President Donald Trump.

It’s a good interview and worth reading for those of us old enough to remember Woodward and Bernstein’s reporting for the Washington Post in the early 1970s.

Woodward teaches an online MasterClass in journalism and is writing a book about Trump.

The Newsweek interviewer asked Woodward about the media’s reporting on the Trump administration. He replied (emphases mine):

First of all, journalists can always do better. Myself at the top of the list. I don’t think journalism is failing at all in the Trump era. But we have a lot of work to do. A number of reporters have at times become emotionally unhinged about it all, one way or the other. Look at MSNBC or Fox News, and you will see those continually either denigrating Trump or praising him. I think the answer is in the middle, and in this class I talk about how it’s important to get your personal politics out. It’s destructive to become too politicized. The emotion should be directed at doing more work, not some feeling or personal conclusion.

Townhall picked up on ’emotionally unhinged’ and posted excerpts an article written for The Guardian by Jill Abramson, former executive editor of the New York Times. Abramson detailed the clear possibilities of Democrats flipping Republican seats this year. She ended with this:

It’s easy to look at what’s happening in Washington DC and despair. That’s why I carry a little plastic Obama doll in my purse. I pull him out every now and then to remind myself that the United States had a progressive, African American president until very recently. Some people find this strange, but you have to take comfort where you can find it in Donald Trump’s America.

Abramson is long past snowflake age. I pity her.

Another Townhall article which discussed Woodward’s ’emotionally unhinged’ comment illustrated a few of the media’s reporting failures in recent months:

With a laser focus on the increasingly shoddy Russia collusion story, the serial errors in the reporting of this White House, and the inability to report on simple photo ops, like feeding coy fish with the Japanese prime minister–one could arguably say that the media has failed.

ABC News’ Brian Ross totally botched dates in his report about former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn being ordered to make contact with the Russians. The news network reported that it had occurred while Donald Trump was a candidate when in fact; it was after he had won the election and this was a run-of-the-mill diplomatic groundwork exercise that occurs with any incoming administration. The report tanked the markets and it took ABC News several hours to correct—and people say Trump’s Twitter account is irresponsible.

The latest media cycle involves Stormy Daniels instead of the upcoming talks with North Korea. Yet, people continue to rely on Big Media for news.

Woodward could criticise his fellow journalists a bit more and actively encourage them to report facts instead of fake news. He, too, is suffering from Trump Derangement Syndrome in a less obvious way.

Meanwhile, it’s up to Americans to keep apprised of special elections going on this year prior to the all important mid-terms. Scott Presler, a young Trump activist, tweets regularly about these elections. The next will be on Tuesday, March 13, in Pennsylvania’s 18th district, where Rick Saccone (R) will face off against Conor Lamb (D).

As for spot-on news and analysis, check out The Conservative Treehouse as well as the following Twitter feeds: TheLastRefuge2 (The Conservative Treehouse), Larry Schweikart and Dan Bongino, who appears on Fox News and does his own podcasts.

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