The Other Pardon: Ford's vs Carter's

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    December 27, 2006

    http://www.democracy-project.com/archives/003037.html

     
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    Did anyone mention that Bill Clinton pardoned over 200+ people during the last days of his presidency?
     
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    Here's how I look at it: People wanted Nixon to fry. Ford pardoned him and prevented it from happening, so people felt denied what they wanted. Carter, however, played into the hands of many different people by pardoning the draft dodgers.
     
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    If I remember correctly some were instrumental in saving his hide, in that they took the fall for him...One hand washes the other
     
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    I'd agree with that :)

    Your too young to remember, I am for the most part, but I do remember listening to the news as a child, and the press was absolutely relentless in their hatred for Nixon, much like they are now with Bush and Rumsfeld. Funny thing is Nixon was never really that conservative, if anything he was more liberal on social issues, but I suppose that's the stygma of having an R next to your name??
     
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    Not necessarily so. I believe Nixon was a good president despite the Watergate scandal. If Watergate had never happened, we'd have a much fonder memory.
     
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    I agree. Nixon's real sin was covering for his men...then they turned on him :(
     
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    Yep. He should've known that was gonna happen. But let's not also forget the he did try to censor the media too.
     
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    Oh yes, the Pentagon Papers and the leaks of the secret bombing campaigns in Cambodia.... I believe the censoring that you're referring to was that Nixon tried to stop the media from disclosing classified information on the front page of the New York Times then running for cover using the First Amendment.


    I wonder, does freedom of speech give me the right to yell "fire" in a crowded theater? If not, why then does freedom of the press give reporters carte blanche to report anything they wish, whether it jeopardizes national security or not?
     

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