The Watergate Scandal

by Amaka Onochie

The Events of Watergate

from 1972-1974 a series of political scandals took place. It all started when burglars broke into and Watergate hotel to steal documents and wiretap phones. Investigations showed a money trail leading to Richard Nixon being involve with spying on his opponents. Nixon denied any involvement. Congress and Nixon became got into a legal battle which ended with the President almost getting impeached, but he resigned. This makes him the first president to resign in American history.

the Reports

The Washington Post

In early reports of the Watergate scandal the information was mostly accurate. This was because of an informant going by the name Deep Throat. He gave advice to reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein to follow the money that tied Nixon's re-election campaign to the Watergate Burglary. These early reports at first didn't get much attention.


CBS and others

Once the scandal gain enough attention, news networks jumped at the opportunity to report on this. This led to over exaggerated and often Inaccurate reports that only blamed Nixon for unrelated crimes. Walter Cronkite, the CBS anchorman, falsely implicated White House aide Patrick Buchanan in money-laundering. The New York Time free-lance writer Jeff Gerth claimed that Nixon had financial ties to Mafia financier Meyer Lansky and Teamsters boss Jimmy Hoffa.


President Richard Nixon

Nixon didn't want this story to get out, mostly because did not believe the press had the right to know about what he does. The President even told his members of his staff not to speak to the press making it difficult for reporters to get the scoop. He felt like he was the right choice for the nation and he did what he could to win. The Committee to Re-Elect the President (CRP) spied on opponents of Nixon to get ahead in elections.

the bias

Media outlets like the Washington Post and the New York Times politically were leaned to the left so they didn't report Nixon. They often criticized him and his party. The Watergate Scandal naturally led them to report on and stick to the story. Good reports on this story were factual, well research and gave proper criticism. The not so good ones just demonize Nixon and blamed him for other crimes without evidence.

Criticism

The Watergate Scandal can be examined under Historical criticism. In the time period where this took place people had different opinions about the government. People trusted the government and politicians more than they do now. When these events unfolded it shocked the nation and the world. Nobody thought the president of the United States would do such a thing. This also had a huge effect on the way people viewed politics. In this day and age something like Watergate is seen as a big deal. Some think stuff like this happen all the time. This could be because people have been desensitized to political scandal. Journalist are more nosier and try to get any bit of information on famous individuals so politicians are more careful about what they do or say.
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