The Watergate Scandal
by Amaka Onochie
The Events of Watergate
The Washington PostIn 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.
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