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“All the President’s Men Revisited” bolsters importance of investigative reporting

Melissa Hayer Modified: April 24, 2013 at 3:33 pm •  Published: April 18, 2013
Dustin Hoffman Robert Redford All the President's Men Revisited
Dustin Hoffman Robert Redford All the President's Men Revisited
Bob Woodward - Discovery Channel Photo
Bob Woodward - Discovery Channel Photo
Carl Bernstein - Discovery Channel Photo
Carl Bernstein - Discovery Channel Photo

 

The infamous political debacle Watergate and the 1976 film centering on it are the subjects of the two-hour documentary “All the President’s Men Revisited,” airing at 7 p.m. Sunday, April 21, on Discovery Channel

The June 1972 break-in at the Democratic National Committee’s Watergate offices was connected to President Richard Nixon’s Committee to Re-elect the President and became the impetus for the only U.S. Presidential resignation in history.

Robert Redford, who served as producer on the ’76 movie and portrayed The Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward, and Dustin Hoffman, who played Woodward’s colleague Carl Bernstein, are featured in “All the President’s Men Revisited” along with the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists who broke the story.

Clips of Nixon and interviews with former executive editor of The Washington Post Ben Bradlee; former general counsel to President Nixon John Dean; former Deputy Attorney General William Ruckelshaus and NBC News’ Tom Brokaw are also included among others in this new documentary.

It’s fascinating to receive an in-depth look at not only how the movie was made, but, long before today’s conveniences of the Internet and social media, even more importantly how this story was covered and its effect.

“All the President’s Men Revisited” only reinforces how valuable investigative reporting was then, now and always.

– Melissa Hayer

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