Reflection- Woodward and Bernstein

This session obviously had a lot about the Watergate scandal and how Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein brought down President Richard Nixon.

Both Woodward and Bernstein have gone on to become authors in their own right as well, Woodward has written 16 books on American politics, 12 of them have been bestseller’s, but both are obviously indelibly linked with Watergate.

These two investigative reporters gave possibly the finest piece of journalism to the world, with the possible exception of Michael Buerke’s Ethiopia report in 1984, to bring down Nixon.

At the time they were relatively obscure reporters and Watergate was originally meant to be just another story.

The work they did on Watergate earned a Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for the Washington Post in 1973.

Gene Roberts, the former executive editor of The Philadelphia Enquirer and former managing editor of the New York Times has called their work on Watergate “Maybe the single greatest reporting effort of all time.”

Apart from Watergate Woodward is also known for being the Post’s main reporter for their coverage of the September 11 attacks in 2001, coverage which led to another Pulitzer Prize for the paper for National Reporting.

Bernstein went on to work for ABC News 1980 to 1984 and was first to report during the Israeli invasion of Lebanon that Ariel Sharon had “deceived the cabinet about the real intention of the operation- to drive the Palestinians out of Lebanon, not to establish a 25-Kilometer security zone, North from the border.”