- The Washington Times - Monday, December 12, 2016

Carl Bernstein, the famed Washington Post investigative reporter who worked alongside Bob Woodward in breaking the Watergate scandal that sank President Richard Nixon, said Sunday that President-elect Donald Trump is worse than Nixon in his “pathological disdain” for the truth.

Appearing on the panel for CNN’s “Reliable Sources,” Mr. Bernstein, a CNN analyst, warned against allowing Mr. Trump to set the news agenda.

“Trump lives and thrives in a fact-free environment. No president, including Richard Nixon, has been so ignorant of fact and disdains fact in the way that this President-elect does,” he said.

“And it has something to do with the growing sense of authoritarianism that he and his presidency are projecting,” he continued. “And the danger of it is obvious and he’s trying to make the conduct of the press the issue, not his own conduct.”

Mr. Bernstein brought up Mr. Trump’s tweets attacking Chuck Jones, the Indiana union leader who criticized the president-elect’s deal with Carrier.

“Take his bullying approach to the union leader — instead of going into the facts of what the Carrier deal was and what the unions in that institution had done,” Mr. Bernstein said.

“Everything that he controverts, he doesn’t go to a fact-based argument, he goes to an emotional argument,” he added. “What we have seen throughout the campaign is pathological disdain for the truth, a kind of lie, and ease with lying, that we have not seen before.”


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