The perils of fly-on-the-wall journalism

Christian Science Monitor
by Dante Chinni

10/10/06

In a country that's often less than enamored of politics, there is a reason why the release of a Bob Woodward book is such an event. Mr. Woodward gets interviews and knows how to weave the inner workings of politics into page-turning narrative. It's exciting to feel as though you're a fly on the wall when, on July 10, 2001, then-CIA Director George Tenet tells then-National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice that there is a 'compelling case' to be made that Al Qaeda is preparing for 'the big one.' And as a reader of State of Denial, Woodward's latest book on the Bush administration, there's frustration when you learn Mr. Tenet felt that he was 'not getting through to Rice' and she was giving him 'the brush off.' But then you wonder: Why didn't I hear this before now? It's 2006...

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