Today, Bob Woodward’s third book on the Bush administration “State of Denial” hits the book stores. There is considerable new material in the book e.g. the friction between Condi Rice and Rumsfeld; the people on Bush’s staff who wanted the president to fire Rumsfeld; the under reporting of casualties and attacks in the Iraq war.
Does it not seem to you there is a conflict of interest here? After all Woodward is on the staff of and being paid by The Washington Post. Should he have saved this important material for a book or should he have reported on it immediately for the newspaper that was paying his tab?
No doubt about it Woodward has book promotion down to state of the art. But doesn’t it seem to you that his work as an author undercuts his work as a reporter?