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Nixon had some large achievements in foreign affairs. They will be remembered. But a president probably gets remembered for one thing, and Watergate will head the Nixon list, I suspect.
Newspapers that are truly independent, like The Washington Post, can still aggressively investigate anyone or anything with no holds barred.
Many people have their reputations as reporters and analysts because they are on television, batting around conventional wisdom. A lot of these people have never reported a story.
Lawyers didn't seriously get involved in the Watergate stories until quite late, when we realized we were on to something.
It would seem that the Watergate story from beginning to end could be used as a primer on the American political system.
It was accountability that Nixon feared.
If you interviewed 1,000 politicians and asked about whether the media's too soft or too hard, about 999 would say too hard.
If information is true, if it can be verified, and if it's really important, the newspaper needs to be willing to take the risk associated with using unidentified sources.
I'm not going to name some of my colleagues who are very well-known for their television presentation, but they wouldn't know new information or how to report a story if it came up and bit them.
I think that everyone is kind of confused about the information they get from the media and rightly so. I'm confused about the information I get from the media.
I think people are smart enough to sort it out. They know when they're watching one of these food fight shows where journalists sit around and yell and scream at each other, versus serious issue reporting.
I think journalism gets measured by the quality of information it presents, not the drama or the pyrotechnics associated with us.
I suspect there have been a number of conspiracies that never were described or leaked out. But I suspect none of the magnitude and sweep of Watergate.
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