Poll: Could Watergate Be Uncovered Again, Given Cuts in Media Budgets?

Investigative journalism led to Richard Nixon’s resignation, but such work is said to be declining.

This week marks the 40th anniversary of Watergate, the “third-rate burglary” that exposed crimes that felled a president. Investigative reporting by two young reporters for The Washington Post prompted federal investigations that forced Richard Nixon from office in 1974. But investigative reporting by Jack Anderson also forced the 1972 Republican National Convention to be moved from San Diego to Miami Beach. Some industry observers think such work is on the wane. Do we have enough Woodwards and Bernsteins today?

Komfort July 23, 2012 at 03:38 AM
http://nation.foxnews.com/fast-and-furious/2011/07/07/breaking-43-weapons-phoenix-traffic-stop-linked-holder-s-gunrunning-scan Stupid Bush.
Komfort July 31, 2012 at 03:46 AM
Mary, would you double check the date on this article? Thanks in advance. "July 30, 2012 ,4:17 p.m Exclusive: Five ATF officials found responsible for Fast and Furious WASHINGTON -- Republican congressional investigators have concluded that five senior ATF officials -- from the special agent-in-charge of the Phoenix field office to the top man in the bureau’s Washington headquarters --are collectively responsible for the failed Fast and Furious gun-tracking operation that was “marred by missteps, poor judgments and inherently reckless strategy.” The investigators, in a final report likely to be released later this week, also unearthed new evidence that agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in Phoenix initially sought to hide from the Mexican government the crucial information that two Fast and Furious firearms were recovered after the brother of a Mexican state attorney general was killed there." http://www.latimes.com/news/politics/la-pn-five-atf-officials-ruled-responsible-for-fast-and-furious-20120730,0,4364586.story
Mary July 31, 2012 at 04:31 AM
@Komfort - Did you forget, you’re not talking to me anymore? I did read your link. What a surprise! “The joint staff report, authored by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Vista), chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and Charles E. Grassley of Iowa, the top Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, was highly critical of the ATF supervisors.” I would expect nothing less of Issa and Grassley who want President Obama to be a one-term president. They will say and write anything in an attempt to embarrass this administration.
Komfort July 31, 2012 at 01:54 PM
Mary July 31, 2012 at 03:50 PM
@TIL - Why did it take the owner almost 7 MONTHS to present the DEA with a demand to pay? The DEA didn’t pay in less than 7 DAYS so he threatens to sue. “the DEA has not admitted that it was using Chapa as a spy because its official policy is not to comment on whether someone was an informant. Lisa Johnson, a spokeswoman for the DEA Houston Division, confirmed that Patty's demand had been received and noted that it would be investigated by the agency.” “Jan. 30, 2012: Patty's insurance company denies his claim for truck repairs because the semi was used in a law-enforcement operation.July 23, 2012: DEA formally presented with a demand to pay damages.” You and Komfort must have warped minds to insinuate everything is or was personally ordered by Holder or President Obama. You need to give it up.


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