In what must be considered a loss for fair and balanced reporting everywhere, the no-longer private Nixon library is now in the gloved hands of do-gooder federal archivists, who will set the record straight on the 18 1/2 minute “mechanical malfunction” that caused that pesky silence on the white house tapes, and the markedly objective accusations of a “coup” perpetrated by Woodward and Bernstein.
The library’s former historical approach was one of subject-based mimicry, adopting an interpretative style akin to that of Nixon himself. As Nixon scholar David Greenberg said:
“It’s the opposite of truth. There was a lot along those lines in the library, which was not a matter of interpretation, but was flat wrong, a lie.”