This week's Mainstream Media Scream features legendary reporter Carl Bernstein comparing the firing of FBI Director James Comey to Watergate. It is, he said, "more dangerous" than the scandal that brought down former President Richard Nixon.
His comments came while he was appearing on Sunday's Reliable Sources on CNN:
"I think this is a potentially more dangerous situation than Watergate and we're at a very dangerous moment. And that's because we are looking at the possibility that the President of the United States and those around him during an election campaign colluded with a hostile foreign power to undermine the basis of our democracy: free elections.
"We don't know the facts, but what we do know is that the President of the United States seems to be doing everything in his power to keep us from knowing the facts, including firing the director of the FBI because, says the President of the United States, of, quote, 'this Russia thing.' So the question of a cover-up seems to me to have been answered a while ago.
"There is a cover-up going on to keep us from knowing what happened here. Whether that means the President of the United States obstructed justice or not or those around him did, we don't know. But what we see is that at every turn this President is impeding the ability of those who were chosen to investigate to do so, including the House and Senate committees. So it's truly a dangerous moment. It's different than Watergate."
Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains the pick: "Leave it to Bernstein to take the already overwrought media narrative – that Trump firing Comey is analogous to Watergate – and take it one more step to the extreme: No, it's not Watergate, it's worse than Watergate! Notice that though he admitted 'we don't know the facts,' he didn't let that stand in the way of putting pontificating ahead of basic journalism."
Rating: Four out of five screams.
Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org