Nixon was no worse in any way (other than foul language used in private) than Clinton, but sure got different press.
There were analyses done on bias in the news even back in early 60s, and the findings back then were that negative-tilted reporting on Nixon exceeded neutral or positive-sounding by some vast ratio.
Not that covering up (or trying to) the illegal actions of his underlings was a good or legal idea, but exactly what Democrat President wouldn’t have done or actually did do the same in their careers, I don’t know.
You had to have lived through the Watergate era to understand how extreme the media effort was to demonize and destroy Nixon. The prime example I recall was a family I boarded with listened to country music, and the DJ – now this is a music station, not a news or talk radio station – would break down in tears about how the country was being betrayed and could we ever survive this, this was the darkest moment America had ever faced, and so on. Just sobbing away.
(And yeah, I absolutely think the purpose and intended effect of the DJ’s posturing was to affect public opinion to desired political effect as much as he and his station could.)
At least with Bush, you can listen to a music station and probably not deal with propaganda like that. The DJ might well personally hate him, but wouldn’t do this.
Reagan also got extreme bad treatment.
Ford got quite unfairly treated. He was probably among the most athletic men ever to occupy the White House, but the media devoted enormous effort to portray him as a hopeless klutz. (If any of us were near-constantly filmed in public, there would be film of us bumping our heads or tripping too, and I’d bet dollars to donuts Clinton for example bumped his head or tripped more than once, yet somehow – go figure! – the media made no efforts to portray him as a klutz.)
Or for example, on Ford deciding not to taxpayer money from the rest of the country to give NYC a with-time-proven-unneeded bailout, created a gigantic frontpage headline reading FORD TO CITY: DROP DEAD.
And caused most New Yorkers to believe that Ford actually said this when of course he did not.
It did seem to me that GHW Bush was not badly treated by the media. On the other hand, he pretty much might as well have been a Democrat, so maybe that explains that.