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Brillantly Insane! Horrendously Educational!
on May 15, 2016
Not only is this movie factual and concise to what transpired and the work Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein did to unravel it all. But is still important viewing to this day to get a glimpse of the intricacies, knowledge, and fear the White House is still capable of. As Nixon said to David Frost, he felt he was above the law in order to keep the laws in place. And what's more scary are those that went along with him to carry that out. (FBI, CIA, Campaign staff, etc.) All of which were either partially unknowing and/or fearful of knowing more than they already did. To many, it was a sloppy sneak peek at the Democratic party to see what was up their sleeve. What should be important to most to this day is the coordinated effort and connections it took to carry that out. Either by enacting it, or looking the other way to avoid true justice. And not to sound like a fear monger, but this incident wasn't the first time the White House engaged in this type of practice, and certainly wasn't the last time. It's merely the ONLY time kids were caught with their hands in the cookie jar, and confessed their big brother told them to do it. Mature, educated and powerful people with paranoia protecting mature powerful people with convenient apathy. Be it Liddy, Halderman, the Congress Librarian, to Nixon himself. Leaders and officials that 'forgot' or denied the knowledge they wanted to know so bad to make them that much more knowledgeable and powerful as leaders and oppressors of their competition. Brilliantly insane! And the journalistic integrity of Woodward and Bernstein to 'follow the money', get the info from the leads, and put the pieces together to become more knowledgeable than those involved. And for Ben Bradlee to stand behind them and the story as credible and informative for the public - whether they want to believe it or not; a godsend to his profession. So whether you're a fan of Nixon or not. Whether you think the White House and agencies hide little green men and can take out JFK or not. Or whether you feel the Democrats play worse tricks than the Republicans or not. This movie will make you think of the possibilities either way. And more so, the importance of investigative journalism and the justice that should apply to ALL Americans. Be they Democrats to dope dealers. Republicans to repo men. Not everyone is honest or fair in their profession, But no one should be 'above the law' and vindicated illegally for that supposed privilege.