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Month: February, 2011

Woah, Watergate!

Bob Woodward & Carl Bernsteain

          What would you do if you came across information that was purposely being hidden from the public because of scandalous reasons? When it regards government documents and things of that nature, most people have turned their heads away in order to avoid being a “snake” as some would refer to it. And then there are those few people who will face fear in the eye, regardless of the repercussions, and put their names on the line in order for the truth to come out.

         Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein belong with the very few people who stared fear in the eye. These two journalists took the road less traveled by deciding to pursue the investigation of what we now call, the Watergate Scandal. If you are not familiar with this scandal, allow me to fill you in. To put it simple, these two reporters stood their ground and continued to fight to shed light on the secrets of our government which eventually led President Nixon to resign.Woodward and Bernstein displayed loyal journalism by straying away from what was expected from them and could have quite possibly lost their paying jobs because of it.

             In the documentary “Lighting the Fire”, featured from All The Presidents Men, we get a closer look into the severity of this scandal and the boundaries these two journalists had to overcome. With the help of many experienced journalists, the documentary enlightens its viewers to see how reporting can take on a sour tone when it is mixed with the idea that the high exposed news stories are the ones that are most important. Linda Ellerbee, an American journalist who was featured in “Lighting the Fire”, explains that offending the fewest was what everyone hoped for because it was all about “filling the seats.”

           After the Watergate Scandal, many journalism schools were packed with people who were inspired by the story. I myself feel appreciative to have had my eyes opened to this monumental moment in history. It is refreshing to hear that going against the majority and actually standing up for something you believe in has resulted into a rewarding outcome. Kudos to Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein for being extremely courageous and setting the path for the future of journalism.

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Tillman the Legend.

           Now if some of you do not know who Richard Tillman is, I will give you a little background information as to why he was interviewed on Bill Maher’s show. Richard Tillman is the  brother of Pat Tillman, a very well known solider who had died in the war because of “friendly fire.” Although at first glance you might be thinking, why is Pat’s story any different from the rest of the other soldiers that have died in the war? The answer to that is simple. Pat Tillman was allegedly not killed in the war because of a friendly fire and this has caused a huge up roar from the Tillman family and supporters.

            I thought the interview between Maher and Richard Tillman was both very entertaining and informative. I enjoyed how Tillman was not afraid to speak his mind even though he was on national television. I have grown to become a fan of Bill Maher because I respect his priority to educate his audience on things that many people, who have the power to speak to the world, choose not to be as honest. I think the interview was a success not just because Maher asks the questions we all want to know but also because Tillman was more than willingly ready to answer them. Years after Richards brother died he and his family still don’t know what exactly happened that day that Pat was announced dead.

          Before watching this interview I will admit to not knowing anything about the Pat Tillman story. I feel fortunate to have been assigned to watch it because it was something that really stuck with me and had me sending the link to friends. It amazes me that our own government, the people that are meant to protect us, will sometimes betray us. It leaves you thinking, what else are they lying to us about?