AMERICAN NOTES: Watergate Ethics

The Watergate tape transcripts posed a dilemma for Billy Graham, who is both a stern moralist and a firm friend of Richard Nixon's. Last week, a month after the documents' release, Graham produced a statement: "I must confess this has been a profoundly disturbing and disappointing experience. One cannot but deplore the moral tone implied in these papers." Then Graham went on to offer a curious apologia for the President. He refused to judge Nixon's conduct as reflected in the transcripts and wondered aloud at the capacity of others to do so:...

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