Thursday, March 31, 2011

All Haldeman's Men

When those in control of Richard Nixon's foundation posted a small portion of their 158-page critique of the Nixon library's new Watergate exhibit, it seems to have piqued reporters' curiosity about the rest. Chris Goffard of the LA Times obtained it and learned that Nixon's White House men, a number of them Bob Haldeman acolytes, were as interested in rehabilitating their mentor as 37:
The foundation called for the removal of a section titled "Dirty Tricks and Political Espionage" and suggested "something complimentary" be said about Nixon's top aide, H.R. Haldeman, who served 18 months in prison for covering up the Watergate burglary.
As for the extent of the Nixon-Haldeman operatives' influence on the final exhibit, the New York Times' Adam Nagourney, who broke the news of the war on Nixon library director and exhibit curator Tim Naftali last August, reports:

Almost none of the requests made by the foundation was reflected in the final exhibition.

Photo of dirty tricks and political espionage section of the Nixon library Watergate exhibit by Gina Ferazzi, LA Times

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