The medias role in Watergate

In the American Democracy it is vital for our right to freedom of press to be put into full
throttle. Without the press, the society would be clueless and blind of Washington’s dealings and
business. The press informs the public, for better or worse, about what really goes on in
Washington. But during the Watergate Scandal, the press coverage of the scandal demonstrated
some of the best and the worst aspects of the way the American press covers the presidency.
Richard Nixon despised the press. From the days when he was Vice President and
Governor, he had no trust for the press. Even when he used the press for his advantage to expose,
what he believed to be, Communist influences in America, he feared the press.Though Nixon had
won the endorsement of many newspapers during the 1960 Presidential Campaign, Nixon still
thought ill of the press and believed them to be unfair to him. Nixon became even more bitter in
1962 after he lost the election to be governor of California. Nixon bitterly claimed that they
wouldn’t have Richard Nixon to “kick around anymore”. He had retired from politics but that
was short lived as he became president in 1968, but even then, Nixon remained careful of the
press, fearful that they would leak and expose secrets. He was so scared that he had tapped
prominent Washington reporters and official’s telephones that he feared would leak information.
Within days after the Watergate break in, there were reason to believe that the burglars had
connections with the White House highest powers. Despite the sensational revelations, many of the
press lost interest in the story very quickly. Most the press accepted the claim of the White House
Press Secretary that the incident was “third-rate burglary”. Though the Washington Post covered
the story, the Post was not thrilled with the story atfirst. They assigned


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