In the midst of our discussions on Iraq and Washington state, please allow me a minor indulgence: if there's one story I can't nearly get enough of, it's Watergate. I think my interest might go back as far as age six, actually; I vividly remember visiting relatives in Hamburg, Germany and seeing the giant headline of the morning paper that day in August. It was two words:
Obviously I had no idea at the time what was really going on, but in my mind's eye I can still see that headline (in German, it said "NIXON AUS"). As I made my way through high school, college and then graduate school, I became more interested in both the political story and the journalistic story. Watching how the MSM deals with political stories today, it pains me to think that the ethic of hard work and shoe leather is being subjugated to the easy headline and the he- said-they-said formula of reportage.
The University of Texas at Austin has paid $5 million for the materials surrounding "Woodstein's" efforts, and if you're a buff like me you can't help but be enthralled. If you're not altogether sure just what Watergate was, this probably isn't the best place to start, but they do reprint some of the key articles in the series to give you an idea.
We now return you to our regularly scheduled fisking and debunking activities...
(hat tip, Kos diaries)