“Oh, we have to subpoena the tapes” the press drools on the front page of many of the country’s largest daily newspapers.

The press tried to compare the firing of James Comey to that of Watergate Special Prosecutor Archibald Cox in 1973.

In short, the media is only interested in stories which confirm their narrative that Trump is Nixon and there is a scandal somewhere in between.

But why are they so interested in making that connection?  The answer might be a combination of narcissism and greed, on the part of the reporters.

Here is an interesting description of the narcissistic mind and what they crave.

Dr. Sam Vaknin, PhD has written extensively on the narcissistic personality disorder and says:

“In our narcissistic civilization, people dread not being noticed and being ignored. Modern technologies such as social networking are all about fostering a culture of mini-celebrity and garnering addictive spurts of micro-attention.

The narcissist, of course, is addicted to fame and celebrity: it is his first and predominant line of defense against the mass anonymity that characterizes modern industrial societies in our over-populated world.

Being famous encompasses a few important functions: it endows the narcissist with power, provides him with a constant Source of Narcissistic Supply (admiration, adoration, approval, awe), and fulfils important Ego functions.

The image that the narcissist projects is hurled back at him, reflected by those exposed to his celebrity or fame. This way he feels alive, his very existence is affirmed and he acquires a sensation of clear boundaries (where the narcissist ends and the world begins).

There is a set of narcissistic behaviors typical to the pursuit of celebrity. There is almost nothing that the narcissist refrains from doing, almost no borders that he hesitates to cross to achieve renown. To him, there is no such thing as “bad publicity” – what matters is to be in the public eye.

Because the narcissist equally enjoys all types of attention and likes as much to be feared as to be loved, for instance – he doesn’t mind if what is published about him is wrong (“as long as they spell my name correctly”). The narcissist’s only bad emotional stretches are during periods of lack of attention, publicity, or exposure.

Sooner or later, the spring bursts. The narcissist plots, contrives, plans, conspires, thinks, analyses, synthesises and does whatever else is necessary to regain the lost exposure in the public eye.

The more he fails to secure the attention of the target group (always the largest) – the more daring, eccentric and outlandish he becomes.”

Is there not a more apt description of the modern journalist?  All of them crave the attention and money of a Woodward and Bernstein.

Every story for the last two weeks about Comey seems to include the same narrative…firing an incompetent agency head is equal to government coverup.

Time Magazine this week said:

“After President Donald Trump fired FBI Director James Comey on May 9, a historical comparison was invoked with renewed vigor: His actions, many said, were Nixonian.

While the letters from Trump’s Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff Sessions about Comey’s conduct made no mention of the FBI’s ongoing investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election, politicians and pundits of all political leanings expressed concern.

President Richard Nixon, of course, fired the special prosecutor investigating his Administration’s involvement in the Watergate burglary. Three days later, Congress was flooded with resolutions to impeach him.

The comparisons between Trump and Nixon are not new. But beyond that basic and broad similarity, the specific differences and similarities do potentially provide some useful understanding of what is happening.”

Again, we are seeing hack writers trying to use Watergate as a hook to get their name in print and become famous.

The fact is Trump fired Comey because he was incompetent.  President Trump asked Comey on three occasions “Am I under investigation?” and he asked for a reason…he didn’t want didn’t want to fire him when it looked like it was for self-serving reasons.

Yet the media continues to make a mountain out of a mole hill and ignore the simple explanation.

Even disgraced Nixon attorney John Dean started getting into the act 44 years later – the man who experienced presidential scandal up close says he has a case of deja vu.

The Washington Post said:

“Dean said in an interview aired Friday that President Trump’s first month in office — with its anti-media tirades and efforts to use intelligence agencies for political purposes — has “echoes of Watergate.”

“What I see and hear … are echoes of Watergate,” he said in the interview with Democracy Now. “We don’t have Watergate 2.0 yet, but what we have is something that is beginning to look like it could go there.”

Dean is no stranger to criticizing presidents. He has been a longtime Trump critic. And he has said that President George W. Bush should have been impeached.”

So even disgraced Nixon associates are trying to get in on the act.

John Dean knows the media well enough to know that they always want to impeach a Republican President, yet he was strangely silent when Clinton was impeached and ignored every scandal in the Obama administration.