Some say he was directly involved in the break-in while others claim he had no control over what happened but covered it up to keep his name clean. Nixon became even more bitter in 1962 after he lost the election to be governor of California. The ship was supposedly being built for the Summa Corporation at the direction of Howard Hughes for use of Global Marine Development Incorporation. However, without the persistent investigative reports of Woodward and Bernstein, The Washington Post would not have gotten out the story. Another continuing thread was the examination of illegal sources of the money that funded the various operations. This role of the made did not bring to the public the cause of the uncertain assassination of Welch and also threw cold waters on the ability of the investigators to scrutinize the case.
Intimidating journalists, avoiding White House reporters, staging events for television—now common presidential practices—were all originally Nixonian tactics. As Woodward reported a year after Nixon's resignation, Nixon himself allegedly ordered an aide to falsely smear syndicated columnist Jack Anderson as a homosexual, and two White House aides held a clandestine meeting to plot ways to poison the troublesome journalist. The reasons are many, of course. Unlike the othyer three branches of government, media is not subjected to public scrutiny, which leave room for abuses of the type of power that media posses. Richard Nixon despised the press. It could have triggered a war with Russia, had they not adopted a silent profile over what they came to know about. Prior to Watergate, investigative journalism was not very popular.
In the course of their speeches, they largely refrained from making direct parallels with the Trump administration. How have politics and investigative reporting changed as a result? The Washington Post revived the principle of standing tall means standing alone. It does not matter, because the Watergate myth is sustaining. Richard Nixon, during the Senate Watergate hearings. We are continually improving the quality of our text archives.
Research for this article was partially supported by a grant from the Fund for Investigative Journalism. When the Obama Justice Department investigated leaks, it. It is the heart and soul of journalism here. Journalism, of course, has lost much of the luster it enjoyed during that golden era. In the beginning, the Washington Post played a courageous part in reporting facts about the Watergate Scandal. They said the White House prevented photographers from covering presidential meetings with congressmen and Middle East peace negotiators but then released its own photos of these events using social media.
Never producing results and not catching the attention of the public allowed this genre of journalism to generally go unnoticed. But at the moment Woodward and Carl Bernstein began to cover Watergate, there was already a lively new interest in investigative work. It was the biggest and the most secret spy mission ever carried out during the Cold War period. In the end, the differing interpretations of Watergate may say as much about those who hold them as they do about what really happened 30 years ago. The Great Submarine Snatch, time, 31 March 1975, 32. Slipping in Under our Noses One thing many of us fail to acknowledge is the fact that aside from primary sources, the media are the only way for a majority of the public to know what's going on in the country. Read 'Silent Coup' published by Len Colodny and Robert Gettlin in 1991.
However, the Watergate affair demonstrates the rationale behind the separation of powers which enables the three government institutions to be in perennial conflict rather than cooperation. But here, too, the Post was not alone. The effect of news coverage can be subtle and hard to measure, in part because government investigators may be reluctant to acknowledge that they were responding to publicity; to admit being influenced by journalism could suggest that they weren't properly doing their jobs beforehand. In the spring of 1969, national security adviser had wiretapped his staffers. But Felt never went to jail. It has also shown that reporters, rather than the whole media as a political institution, were the key individuals who had contributed to the uncovering of Watergate. Furthermore, the fact that Nixon was found guilty of several charges was a result of the order of Court of Appeals that forced Nixon to relinquish the tapes recording his conversations with his close aides.
Despite the sensational revelations, many of the press lost interest in the story very quickly. It is left to the journalists of future generation as to what part of the story they get inspiration from. The president and his staff in the White House made every possible effort to resist and downgrade the true news stories of the reporters. Heller had grown up in Ohio and attended the University of Michigan, studying history and English, but transferred in her junior year to Ohio State, where Ray, her high school sweetheart, was studying. From the days when he was Vice President and Governor, he had no trust for the press. The word specifically refers to the Watergate Hotel in Washington D. The reliance of the previous journalists on unreliable sources was discouraged to the greater extent.
It was the first news agency which published the scandal on the front page. They knew that it was quite difficult to meet or interview a government official about the case in the White House, and most of the time they will not have let them meet any body in such situation. In 1974, the House of Representatives authorised the Judiciary Committee to consider impeachment proceedings against Nixon. In the end, perhaps truth lies somewhere between the self-congratulatory boosterism of journalists and the kiss-off of the academics. But in the end, the claim that public officials in the 1960s and 1970s shifted from governing to public relations is not credible. Game-show and soap-opera fans complained about the preemption of their favourite programs.
During the Watergate scandal reporters constantly pinned Nixon to the wall, with the support of the people. Scholars examined the ways in which Watergate changed the press. The Nixon staff had threatened the journalists with verbal attacks. Ford being sworn in as U. Even when he used the press for his advantage to expose, what he believed to be, Communist influences in America, he feared the press.