Cory Leonard

Books of The Times – Jack Anderson in Mark Feldstein’s ‘Poisoning the Press’ – NYTimes.com

In media, politics on October 1, 2010 at 4:25 am

Thing about this one:  Jack Anderson and Richard Nixon as mirror images:

They had plenty in common. Both were born in small Western towns, had strict religious upbringings (Anderson was a Mormon, Nixon a Quaker) and signed up for sea duty during World War II. Both arrived in Washington in 1947. The parallels go further. Both were homophobes. Both were uncouth middle-class guys tormented by class resentments. Both hated to give an inch.

“Nothing produces such exhilaration, zest for daily life, and all-around gratification as a protracted, ugly, bitter-end vendetta that rages for years and exhausts both sides, often bringing one to ruin,” Anderson wrote. That line could easily have been Nixon’s. About this odd couple, Mr. Feldstein observes, “Each saw his ugliest reflection in his enemy’s likeness.”

via Books of The Times – Jack Anderson in Mark Feldstein’s ‘Poisoning the Press’ – NYTimes.com.

A new biography presents a complicated, fascinating political journalist who was the creature of a different era, an unflattering persona–and yet, strangely inspiring.

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