As it happens, Discovery Channel will air a documentary Sunday titled “All the President’s Men Revisited,” focusing on an event still etched in our collective memory as representing the apex of investigative journalism.
The era and legwork depicted stand in stark contrast to the media coverage the last several days emanating from Boston, where TV viewers and social media have illustrated the messiness of real-time reporting, reflecting the influence of new technologies and channels that didn’t exist when the Watergate story broke more than 40 years ago.
As the Discovery doc notes, Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein were for a time essentially alone in covering the Watergate story, their scoops landing in the morning editions of the Washington Post. There was no CNN or MSNBC to pick up their stories and gab about them, no website to feed with constant updates, no Twitter to disseminate links to their stories. »
- Brian Lowry
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