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Monday, February 09, 2004

  On Nixon

Sunday I had a nice long walk with a friend and his kid, and we talked about the influence of media on politics. He told me that he had once had a chance to see the entire historical debate between him and Kennedy - that "Nixon had lost because of runny makeup". He "knew that" because it had made the history book he was taught from in school.

In seeing the actual debate he was mostly struck by how similar the two candidate's positions actually were, and that the makeup problem was barely noticable.

I said: "The winners write the history books". In the 1960s all the way to recently - the winner was broadcast media, and the loser was the mind and memory of the public.

When I wrote friday's blog, I had just been thinking about Nixon's one stirring speech to the moon, and I hadn't thought about what actually happened. Nixon systematically dismantled our space effort afterwards.

So, he lied about that, too. That leaves us with one thing in common. Taping stuff. Too bad that internet history only goes back to 1983 and it is such a bitch to get a broadcast license.

Nixon would have liked today's world - being caught lying in public is barely page 6 news.
 
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