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Here’s an old adage that says that history is always written by the winners. Although this is
not always the case, it is true that people's sense of historical events is often influenced by the
viewpoints of the historians who write about them.
During the watergate scandal in 1974, many policy pundits wrote columns demanding that
president richard nixon resign from the presidency because he was, in their view, clearly
culpable for the watergate break-ins. Not all pundits felt this way, however.
Click here and here to read articles that offer differing views of president nixon at the height
of the watergate scandal.
Complete the following for this assignment:
Step 1: summarize the arguments made in each of the two articles regarding the
conduct of president nixon. How might each of the author’s views impact the reader’s
understanding of the watergate crisis?
Step 2: describe how the watergate events changed american views toward politics
and politicians. In your view, how did these events change the press coverage of
Step 3: speculate about how the watergate event coverage might have been different
(better or worse) in the age of social media and smartphones. Would it have lasted as