Sunday, June 17, 2007

A third-rate burglary attempt

I realized, just twelve or so hours ago, that today marks the 35th anniversary of the burglary of Watergate. I think the subsequent events were arguably America's finest hour - they proved that a system set up nearly two hundred years prior worked, and they showed what happens when people don't stop asking questions. One way or another, those people, and those questions, have to be answered.

So let's take a look at Walter Cronkite devoting a good five minutes of the evening news to the event. Marvel at the candidates being given longer than 10 seconds to talk. Chuckle at Uncle Walter's reference to frogs. Also note the "gasoline company saves the environment" ad.

Oh, and here's a very brief dramatization of Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein getting the story that would make their careers, as seen in All the President's Men.

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