Sharyl Attkinson: Things Would Be Much Different If Watergate Happened Today
(Mediaite) On This Week Not with George Stephanopoulos, former CBS investigative reporter Sharyl Attkinson said that journalists today were more hindered, and politicians more emboldened, than they were in the days of Woodward and Bernstein.
“I think that we’ve gone backwards since that time when we really felt empowered as journalists,” Attkinson said.
The video comes from the Daily Caller, which goes on to add linky love to Attkinson’s comments
“Nixon would basically refuse to turn over tapes to Congress,” she continued. “His aides would refuse to testify to Congress, or would take the Fifth, or would lie to Congress with a fair amount of impunity. Woodward and Bernstein would be controversialized on social media by special and political interests who use Facebook accounts.”
“And then at the end,” Attkisson declared. “Nixon would go on a popular late-night comedy show, during which time he would humorously refer to his attackers who were political witch-hunters who believe in Area 51-type conspiracies.”
Missing is that most of the media would take Nixon’s side, doing all they can to protecting him. They would be protecting him. Well, if he had a D after his name, of course.
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