Nixon and Frost

Watched the 1977 Watergate interview last night, and it was a revelation. I was struck at how skillful a lawyer Nixon was, and I also marveled at his humanity. All of his strengths and flaws were on full display, but at the end, his “apology” managed to transcend his self-pitying bent to reveal the pain he felt and his regret.

I was also struck with David Frost’s argumentative, prosecutorial approach with Nixon. People whining about how Sarah Palin was treated by the press should take a look at these interviews if they want to see real toughness. Palin got off easy, and it reminds us of what lapdogs the press have become. I’ll watch Ron Howard’s Frost/Nixon on DVD, but I can’t imagine greater drama than the real thing.

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