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Watergate Paper Paul Salabarria HIS/145 June 26, 2012 Jeff Wilson Watergate Paper Watergate was a scandal that involved a break-in into the offices of the Democratic National Committee during the Nixon administration. Watergate was one of the most famous political scandals in American history. Decades after Watergate historians and others continue to argue about its causes and significance (Brinkley, 2007). It marked a period that both weakened our relationships with other countries as well as weakened the public’s belief in the President. A majority of Americans believe that newspapers, radio and television are devoting too much space and time to covering the Watergate scandals (“53%,” 1974). Both Time and Newsweek reported that…show more content…
Yet the public has already believed as much for some time now, and for that purpose the disclosure is superfluous (“Review and outlook,” 1974). Mayor Lindsay criticized the reporting of the Watergate scandal as contributing to “intolerable breakdown of the rule and the spirit of the law.” He chastised the press for disregarding grand-jury secrecy, punishing without due process of law and trial “by investigators who leak their suspicions before going to trial” (Schumach, 1973). The Watergate scandal appeared to have damaged the reputation of the United States abroad. Public interest in Watergate intensified virtually throughout the world, but there was no indication that it would significantly affect America’s foreign policy. Watergate had a great deal of radio and television coverage in most European countries and Watergate most certainly diluted Japanese confidence in America. The Russian leaders had staked a lot on personal relations with Mr. Nixon and did not want the President’s Watergate embarrassment to rub off on them (Collins, 1973). A leading Republican conservative called for President Nixon’s resignation, but Mr. Nixon reiterated his determination to stay in office. GOP Sen. James Buckley issued his surprise call for the President’s immediate resignation at a morning news conference, stating that Mr. Nixon should quit “in order to preserve the presidency.” Mr.

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