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The Media's Role in Watergate

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             In the American Democracy it is vital for our right to freedom of press to be put into full
             throttle. Without the press, the society would be clueless and blind of Washington's dealings and
             business. The press informs the public, for better or worse, about what really goes on in
             Washington. But during the Watergate Scandal, the press coverage of the scandal demonstrated
             some of the best and the worst aspects of the way the American press covers the presidency.
             Richard Nixon despised the press. From the days when he was Vice President and
             Governor, he had no trust for the press. Even when he used the press for his advantage to expose,
             what he believed to be, Communist influences in America, he feared the press. Though Nixon had
             won the endorsement of many newspapers during the 1960 Presidential Campaign, Nixon still
             thought ill of the press and believed them to be unfair to him. Nixon became even more bitter in
             1962 after he lost the election to be governor of California. Nixon bitterly claimed that they
             wouldn't have Richard Nixon to "kick around anymore". He had retired from politics but that
             was short lived as he became president in 1968, but even then, Nixon remained careful of the
             press, fearful that they would leak and expose secrets. He was so scared that he had tapped
             prominent Washington reporters and official's telephones that he feared would leak information.
             Within days after the Watergate break in, there were reason to believe that the burglars had
             connections with the White House highest powers. Despite the sensational revelations, many of the
             press lost interest in the story very quickly. Most the press accepted the claim of the White House
             Press Secretary that the incident was "third-rate burglary". Though the Washington Post covered
             the story, the Post was not thrilled with the story at first. They assigned two relatively
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