Sharyl Attkinson: We’ve ‘Gone Backwards’ Since Days of Woodward and Bernstein
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.
“I’d like to think of what would happen today during a Nixon-type scandal. Nixon would basically refuse to turn over tapes to Congress, his aides would refuse to testify to Congress or would take the fifth or lie to Congress today. Woodward and Bernstein would be controversialized on social media by special political interests.”
“Then at the end Nixon would go on a popular late-night comedy show, during which time he would refer to his attackers as people who were political witch-hunters who believed in Area 51 type conspiracy theories,” Attkinson concluded.
Watch the video below, via ABC News:
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