Watergate's Legacy and the Press: The Investigative Impulse

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Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein symbolize an era when investigative reporters were seen as courageous fighters of corruption and injustice. Their epoch-making efforts to uncover the Watergate conspiracy not only contributed to the resignation of President Richard M. Nixon, but also set the standard to which successive generations of investigative reporters have aspired. In Watergate’s Legacy and the Press, Jon Marshall recounts this captivating story and details the complex ways in which the press and American government have reshaped themselves in its wake. Marshall’s thorough understanding of the history of these institutions gives rise to considerable insight regarding present and future challenges.Although many mainstream news outlets no longer have the resources to support expensive investigative reporters on staff, Marshall finds hope in the opportunities offered by blogs, crowd-sourcing, and nonprofit institutions.The result of painstaking research and scholarship, Watergate’s Legacy and the Press is ultimately a tribute to the irrepressible investigative impulse in American journalism and the crucial public service provided by investigative reporters.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationEvanston, Illinois, USA
PublisherNorthwestern University Press
Number of pages336
ISBN (Electronic)9780810165076
ISBN (Print)9780810127197
StatePublished - Jan 30 2011

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NameMedill School of Journalism Visions of the American Press


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