Is Media Matters Obama's Watergate?
By Jeffrey Lord on 2.21.12 @ 6:09AM
Valerie Jarrett, Anita Dunn the new John Ehrlichman? White House, private investigators.
Can you say Tony Ulasewicz?
OK. Let's get down to cases. The case of Media Matters and all those deeply interesting stories over at Tucker Carlson's Daily Caller.
Let's add some history. Context.
Let's focus on one solitary, very bright thread in this series of stories about Media Matters, specifically the relationship between Media Matters and the Obama White House.
There is one very disturbing, very serious precedent that provides a direct link between the Obama White House and its Media Matters buddies -- and the famous Watergate scandal that brought down the Nixon presidency.
Let's start with Anthony Ulasewicz. Or, "Tony" as the late New York City cop turned private investigator turned Watergate figure was known. And Tony's friend in the NYPD's "Bureau of Special Services," Jack Caulfield.
In the 1968 presidential campaign, Nixon aide John Ehrlichman had hired Jack Caulfield as a campaign "tour director." Caulfield at the time was a detective second grade in the NYPD, whose first contact with the Nixon staff came when he was assigned to candidate Nixon's Park Avenue campaign headquarters. Remember that this was 1968. Presidential candidate Senator Robert F. Kennedy had been assassinated in June, Martin Luther King two months before that. In this atmosphere police protection became a big thing, and shortly Nixon, like all out-of-office presidential candidates ever since (if they meet certain requirements -- as Rick Santorum has just done) had Secret Service protection. In the mix of this, inevitably Caulfield became friendly with the Nixon staff -- John Ehrlichman specifically. Victory in hand, Ehrlichman became White House Counsel and Assistant to the President. Combining with his longtime friend H.R. "Bob" Haldeman, soon the new White House Chief of Staff, the duo formed the top staff tier of the Nixon White House.
Getting off on the wrong track almost immediately, Ehrlichman asked Caulfield to form a private security agency to provide "investigative support" for the White House. Caulfield, rejected for the government post of Chief Marshal of the United States (boss of all those U.S. Marshals), said he wanted to work in the White House instead. Done. He was duly installed in the Old Executive Office Building next to the White House. His job? Yes indeed. Setting up a private intelligence system for Ehrlichman -- and the new President.
But one guy doing this? Not good. So Caulfield arranged for White House Counsel and Assistant to the President John Ehrlichman to fly to New York -- secretly. There, in a secret meeting in a VIP lounge at LaGuardia Airport, Ehrlichman met with Tony Ulasewicz.
The resulting arrangement?
Tony Ulasewicz would be paid $22,000 a year -- later raised to $24,000 -- plus $1,000 a month in expense money, all in private funds coming from Nixon political supporters and dispensed by the President's personal lawyer Herbert Kalmbach. Kalmbach, notably, was not the White House lawyer. He didn't work in the government. He was Nixon's private attorney, the man who ladled out the cash to Tony. But he took his instructions directly from White House aides, one of them being: pay Tony Ulasewicz.
For what? What was Tony's job?
To be specific, Mr. Ulasewicz was…. well, let's let the late Theodore H. White describe Tony's job. Mr. White won a Pulitzer Prize for his The Making of the President 1960, kicking off a series that covered presidential campaigns through the Reagan-Carter showdown in 1980.