Sunday, February 03, 2013

"Nixon got Nixon"

Media myth: did Woodward and Bernstein bring down the Nixon Presidency? this writer says they did not.

“Nixon likely would have served out his term if not for the audiotape recordings he secretly made of most conversations in the Oval Office of the White House.

“Only when compelled by the Supreme Court did Nixon surrender those recordings, which captured him plotting the cover-up and authorizing payments of thousands of dollars in hush money.”

That truth, in my mind, does not in any way detract from the tireless work, and focus on intricate details by Woodward and Bernstein that led to the Congressional hearings and Supreme Court involvement. This is in the news this week because the very newsroom where Woodward and Bernstein typed their stories is being put up for sale by the struggling Washington Post.

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