Essay about President Nixon's Watergate Scandal

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The Watergate Scandal



What is Watergate? Watergate is the biggest political scandal in The United

States history. It included various activities to help President Richard Nixon win re-

election in 1972. Watergate also resulted in Nixon’s resignation from presidency in

1974. June 17, 1972 a security guard notified the police that a door lock was taped at

the Washington’s Watergate. Three officers responded to the call and found five burglars in

suits with rubber gloves on, hundred dollar bills in sequence in their pockets and with

electronically devices, in Larry O’Briens office. In this paper I will determine if

Woodward and Bernstein stayed within acceptable limits. Three specific areas in which
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“About 53 of these 100-dollar bills were found on the

five men after they were arrested at the Watergate” (Internet, Lukas). I think that in this

situation the Washington Post did their job with acceptable limits. I think that if the

information they got was available with out any trouble it was okay but to write a

published story violated privacy. I don’t think anyone should be able to look through

someone’s accounts or any privacy matter without permission of the person or permission

to print. It is your right to have privacy. The first amendment gives you this right.

Woodward and Breinstein tried to get Segretti to go “on the record.” In this

situation, I think they pushed to the limits. You have the right to say no to a reporter.

Segretti didn’t want to go on the record but they kept pushing him. They violated his

privacy. They got his travel records and credit card records. I don’t think this is

acceptable to go through someone’s personal records. It’s also a persons right to their

own privacy. There are rules to publishing in this area though. If a person goes on the

record you can use their name or thoughts. If a person goes on background you can use

their thoughts and not their name. If someone goes on deep background you…