On June 17, 2017 MSNBC will air All the President’s Men Revised, a documentary narrated by Robert Reford, who started, along with Dustin Hoffman, as the real life Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, in the movie, All the President’s Men.
The movie is based on the book by the same title, laying out for us the events that led to President Nixon’s resignation.
It all started with the botched up burglary at the DNC headquarters at the Washington D.C. hotel, the Watergate.
If you have not seen the movie, I recommend it. Better yet, if you have not read the book, read it. Watch the documentary, too.
You might get a sense why so many reporters of a certain age; those who grew up around the 1974 scandal decided to become journalist.
Many of these journalist will gladly tell you that the Watergate scandal was the fuel propelling their pursuit of a journalism career.
Since Watergate many scandals have hit the White House occupant. Some of those scandal had the “gate” attached to it. But not this Russian thing. Not this current mess. You have not seen a headline about the Russian Gate.
There are a few, very intelligent, very clear thinking, very non-partisan individuals who say this Russian mess is bigger than Watergate.
For the record, I agree.
This scandal will destroy careers. Some people close to the President will go to jail. Read about the aftermath of Nixon’s resignation. See how many ended up in jail, while Nixon was home watching TV.
But it will also make careers. Many of the journalists will become shinning stars. With book deals. Movie deals. Expensive speaking engagements.
Don’t expect a “Woodward and Bernstein” type of character to emerge, simply because there are too many wolves chasing the same herd. In this metaphor the wolves are the journalists, and the herd are those sycophants stuck in Trump’s rectum.
The wolf metaphor applies to journalists’ ferocity in their pursuit of the truth, and not to those other qualities we have given wolves. I hope publishers and editors know the difference as they walk in these neck high muddy waters.
The movie touches on this point. Publishers are woken up at midnight, in order to get their permission to publish some new, damaging piece of information. In-house lawyers give their opinion about the possibility of legal retribution by Nixon. All behind closed door activities that we can imagine are happening how as well, but we don’t really know, although we do get some hints of it.
So, watch the movie if you have not. Get a little historical perspective. Don’t let anybody fool you. We are living in the middle of meteor size shit storm.