Sunday, April 2, 2017

All The Presidents Men - 45 Years Later

There is a very good article by Robert Redford in the Washington Post titled:

Robert Redford: 45 years after Watergate, the truth is again in danger

 I always thought it was interesting how prescient Robert Redford was in realizing what a tremendous story this was:
"I tried to get in touch with Woodward and Bernstein.
It didn’t go well. At first, they refused my calls, fearing they were being duped by the Nixon administration in some type of setup. We finally made contact and eventually made a movie about their story, “All the President’s Men.” 

Redford compares Nixon and Trump below:

"When President Trump speaks of being in a “running war” with the media, calls them “among the most dishonest human beings on Earth” and tweets that they’re the “enemy of the American people,” his language takes the Nixon administration’s false accusations of “shoddy” and “shabby” journalism to new and dangerous heights. 
Sound and accurate journalism defends our democracy. It’s one of the most effective weapons we have to restrain the power-hungry. I always said that “All the President’s Men” was a violent movie. No shots were fired, but words were used as weapons."
The Trump White House makes me think of the byline for The Washington Post -- Democracy Dies In Darkness.