The Watergate Effect

More than 44 years ago, the Watergate Scandal sunk Richard Nixon’s presidency. Following a detailed investigation into the break in to the Democratic National Committee headquarters and cover up of his involvement, Nixon became the first and only United States president to resign from office. What is not often talked about however is the tale of the reporters who broke the story.

The story of the Watergate not only changed politics and the US government forever, but also the field of journalism. Thanks to the two young Washington Post reporters, Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, a new movement of truth-seeking journalists was born. Although the Washington Post faced pressures from Nixon and his administration, Katharine Graham stood by their side. The two plowed on to uncover, and ultimately influence one of the worst events in United States history.

The Washington Post towered above other papers in the coverage of this story. Thanks to the hard work and dedication of the Post, and more importantly Woodward and Bernstein, the scandal was resolved. The entire incident changed the path of American politics and also news coverage forever.


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