For years, the dominant narrative of Watergate has been that the dogged reporting of Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein for the Washington Post revealed the crimes that forced Richard Nixon to resign the presidency in August 1974.
That’s also a media-driven myth — the heroic-journalist myth, as I call it in my 2010 book, Getting It Wrong.
I note in Getting It Wrong that the media-centric heroic-journalist construct “has become the most familiar storyline of Watergate,” serving as “ready short-hand for understanding Watergate and its denouement, a proxy for grasping the scandal’s essence while avoiding its forbidding complexity.”
Sunday, June 17, 2012
The Myths of Watergate
W. Joseph Campbell