Man Without Qualities

Tuesday, November 30, 2004

Parallel Lives

From The Haunting of the Presidents - A Paranormal History of the U.S. Presidency:

Publicly, Richard Nixon professed no interest in the paranormal or supernatural. Privately, he had more contact with the subject than people ever realized. We said earlier that when Nixon was besieged by the Watergate scandal he roamed White House corridors at night talking to portraits of late Presidents, perhaps hoping for advice from their spirits.

From The Hollywood Reporter - Rather deserves respect By Ray Richmond (link from DRUDGE):
Describing his love of CBS and CBS News, Rather observed in the interview last year: "In my mind and the minds of the people I work with, this is a magical, mystical kingdom -- our version of Camelot. And we feel we are working at a kind of roundtable of King Arthur proportions. Now, it may be that this kingdom exists only in our minds. But that makes it no less real for those of us who live it every day." And then there was this: "Ed Murrow's ghost is here. I've seen him and talked to him on the third floor of this building many times late at night. And I can tell you that he's watching over us."

From The New York Daily News - Dan's fall is Nixonian by Michael Goodwin:
To the end, Gunga Dan liked to play the part of the crusading journalist, a regular reporter just digging up the facts. That was his TV persona. In real life, his hubris made him more like Richard Nixon than Walter Cronkite. And like Nixon, the coverup was his downfall.

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