Watergate Is Too The Truth From Fiction

994 Words May 4th, 2015 4 Pages
During his State of the Union address on January 1974, President Richard Nixon stated “One year of Watergate is enough”. The amount of stress and scandal that happened during this time in history was probably enough for him, but Watergate has proved to transcend this period. Decades later and we are still learning and studying the basics on how this story came to be and how it was uncovered. Though everyone who reads “All the President’s Men” may not go on to become journalists, they all have something to learn from it. The most important aspect of the book is discerning the truth from fiction. The beginning of this scandal seemed like any other robbery, but with a closer look a hidden story was uncovered. How can one know that the story that they are being given is not just the truth, but the entire story? During the investigation of the scandal, the “opening of the freezer” and the transparent nature of the stories can be the most useful to help a citizen check the reliability of a story. To investigate a story and include the most reliable, informed and direct sources possible to support the claims of the piece is what the phrase “opening the freezer” has come to mean. In the Watergate investigation, we see this portrayed in the work of Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward when putting together their stories. One incident where the process of looking for direct and solid evidence was not properly executed was the reporting by Bernstein and Woodward that three men…
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