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All the Presidents Men takes a look at one of the most notorious episodes in our countrys history The issue behind it Watergate is still discussed today and considered to be the worst scandal every suffered by the office of the President of the United States One of the central figures of this event was the media and the role it played in unveiling the corruption and illegal practices that occurred As we look back on the scandal we see it set a precedent for the future on how the media could conduct itself and changed the way news was released If one were to look at the way the Washington Post handled itself during the ongoing detective work done by the two reporters Woodward and Bernstein and how scandals of today such as Bill Clintons Sexgate are handled we can see a huge contrast Today the media conducts itself in a tell first verify second manner If a story is scandalous then it will get written about regardless if there is a possibility it may turn out to be false In All the Presidents Men huge emphasis was placed on how the Washington Post put its neck out on the line for the story and the ramifications that would occur if it turned out to be all false Clearly this movie showed how different a role journalists played during that Watergate scandal versus the role they play today It is easy to draw parallels between what happened to President Nixon and what happened to President Clinton In both cases we had a President that seemed to be on the brink of impeachment Nixon dodged his judgement day by resigning and getting pardoned by his former Vice President Gerald Ford and Clinton dodged his with simply luck-a Democratically dominated House of Representatives In both cases the media along with assistance from informers brought the scandal to light Little by little more and more of
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