Haldeman leaves diary describing Nixon's dark side

May 16, 1994|By New York Daily News

President Richard M. Nixon railed against blacks, the Rev. Billy Graham discussed "total Jewish domination of the media," and John Ehrlichman ran a secret probe of Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, according to the diary of H. R. Haldeman.

Those are just a few of the new allegations about the Nixon White House to emerge in the writing of the late Watergate conspirator.

Mr. Haldeman, who died in November, left behind a bombshell-filled diary -- portions of which are to be revealed tonight and tomorrow night on ABC's "Nightline."

The late president's one-time chief of staff noted in a 1969 entry on welfare reform that his boss believed "the whole problem is the blacks."

"[Mr. Nixon] pointed out that there has never in history been an adequate black nation, and they are the only race for which this is true. . . . Says Africa is hopeless," Mr. Haldeman wrote.

In early 1972, Mr. Graham, a key Nixon adviser, was part of a discussion on "the total Jewish domination of the media," according to excerpts provided yesterday by ABC.

Other sections of the diaries -- to be excerpted along with Mr. Haldeman's home movies and photos -- describe Mr. Nixon's fixation on the 1969 Chappaquiddick incident.

Mr. Haldeman writes that Mr. Ehrlichman -- Mr. Nixon's domestic counselor and another Watergate conspirator -- had investigators "working on what really happened."

"He's going to push hard on the Ted Kennedy thing, mainly because it greatly reduces Teddy's influence in the Senate," wrote Mr. Haldeman.

In a Feb. 11, 1973, entry on the Watergate crisis, Mr. Haldeman wrote that "our objective internally should be maximum obstruction and containment, so as not to let the thing run away from us."

But the White House couldn't keep up with the scandal. It ended with Mr. Nixon resigning in disgrace and several White House staffers serving prison terms.

Mr. Haldeman spent 18 months in federal prison for his role in the Watergate conspiracy.

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