Case 13: Watergate and Grand Jury Information
The Watergate Story
A Washington Post special report on the Watergate scandal, including description, key players, timeline, cartoons, resources, multimedia, and coverage.
All The President’s Men – the book
Google Books link to Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein’s reflections about their findings in the Watergate scandal.
This website details the history of the Watergate scandal with a timeline, articles, and videos.
The Washington Post’s June 1992 update of the Watergate scandal after 20 years.
Watergate Break-In Story
Copy of the original Washington Post article of the Watergate break-in from the University of Texas’ Harry Ransom Center collection.
Copy of Woodward and Bernstein’s Washington Post story, August 1, 1972.
Copy of Woodward and Bernstein’s Washington Post story, October 10, 1972.
Deep Throat Notes from Bob Woodward
Copy of original notes of Woodward’s conversations with Deep Throat, or Mark Felt, from 1972 and 1973.
Did The Press Uncover Watergate?
This article by political science professor Edward Jay Epstein argues that the press did not expose Watergate, but rather the government’s investigative work did.
Watergate Revisited – American Journalism Review
Investigative reporter Mark Feldstein of the University of Maryland writes that Watergate’s media mythology lingers not because it is true, but because we want it to be true.
The Myth of Watergate, Woodward and Bernstein
This article from Poynter says many people erroneously believe Woodward and Bernstein brought down the president single-handedly.
Did the Washington Post Really Bring Down Nixon?
Media history professor John Kirch wrote in 2008 that even Bob Woodward admits the absence of Deep Throat would have made their reporting impossible.
The De-Watergating of American Journalism
John Cook wrote this Gawker article in 2012 outlining the crimes against journalism in the Watergate reporting by the Washington Post.
That’s Not the Way It Is
A discussion from the Columbia Journalism Review of media’s power for good, as in the Watergate scandal, or for evil.
The Watergate Watershed
A description of the impact of Watergate on the Washington Post and on the United States.
Carl Bernstein on the “Golden Age” of Journalism
Bernstein argues that the problem in journalism is not reporting; it’s that readers are reading less serious journalism.
Woodward and Bernstein Interview
March 23, 2007 University of Texas interview with Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein. Transcript and audio mp3 clips available.
Katherine Graham Letter
Copy of handwritten letter from Washington Post’s editor on August 8, 1974 to Woodward and Bernstein, praising them for their work over the past several years and for their book, “All the President’s Men.”
All The President’s Men – the movie
Trailer for the movie about the Washington Post reporters who broke the Watergate story. Robert Redford plays Woodward and Dustin Hoffman is Bernstein. Examines some of the ethical considerations of reporters and sources (video).
SPJ Ethical Case Studies – Deep Throat, and His Motive
The Society of Professional Journalists offers a case study on the ethics of protecting a source.
Slate.com’s September 2010 report on Rupert Murdoch’s News of the World allegedly hacking numerous individuals’ voice mails to generate stories.
Watergate vs. Monicagate
A comparison of media coverage of two presidential scandals from a New Orleans reporter in the American Journalism Review.
Beyond Deep Throat
Eric Zorn of the Chicago Tribune writes about reporters finding themselves in odd situations.
Barry Sussman Interview
Interview with Sussman, the Washington Post’s city editor during Watergate (video).
A September 2010 article from reporter Mary Walton shares concerns that many news outlets are doing far less accountability reporting than in the past.
Nixon: I’m Not a Crook
President Nixon denying his culpability on November 17, 1973 (video).
Decoder on White House shredding
Kristin Jones of ProPublica.org explored in 2008 what documents could be shredded by the White House.
FBI’s No. 2 was Deep Throat
The Post’s story about Mark Felt ending the 30-year mystery of the Watergate source.