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He Was Not a Crook. Historical Amnesia- Volume Four

The lies we are told. The stories the media never tell. The Villains we need.

One of the long-standing media and political myths concerns the press conference where President Nixon uttered the phrase “Well I am not a crook.”

The context of this comment was over taxes. What prompted the writing of this installment of “Historical Amnesia” was a recent New York Times opinion story about Donald Trump not releasing his tax returns. The opinion piece had a blaring headline that President Nixon was a crook. This slander has been perpetuated for decades.

During his first term, the President had the IRS do his taxes. There were no issues. On a later audit it was determined there were problems. The President paid the back taxes and penalties. He wrote a check for over $400,000.

This is not criminal activity. It happens to Americans all the time. When the IRS reverses itself and disallows deductions, you pay what you now owe.

The media, much of academia and many politicians perpetuate the “crook” lie for various reasons.

The lies we are told. The stories the media never tell. The Villains we need.

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