Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward celebrate the White House Press Corp

❝ Before comedian Hasan Minhaj got up to poke fun at the assembled White House press corps…Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein got up to celebrate it.

The legendary Watergate duo gave a speech evoking their investigative reporting of the Nixon administration and calling on the current generation of journalists to practice careful, thorough and relentless reporting on the current White House.

RTFA – the complete text – if you missed some point or want to copy it down. Worth listening to, remembering.

10 thoughts on “Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward celebrate the White House Press Corp

  1. Enemies of the people says:

    “How We’re Learning To Do Journalism Differently in the Age of Trump” (ProPublica) See also “Award-Winning Journalist Killed in Mexico” Javier Valdez is the sixth journalist to be killed in Mexico this year, and one of more than 100 journalists who have been murdered in the country since 2000.

  2. Muckraker says:

    ‘This is the great newspaper war of my career’ (Kyle Pope, editor in chief and publisher of the Columbia Journalism Review) ..and in the midst of it, the risk of intentional misdirection, fabricated leaks and false information being used to set up a news outlet to get caught in a mistake and discredited.
    “Dan Rather still defends his report on George W. Bush”

  3. clear & present danger says:

    “The day of the inauguration, a millionaire was arrested for assaulting a maid and got a $50 fine. A reporter covering protests, however, faces more than seven decades behind bars.
    Aaron Cantú, a staff writer at the Santa Fe Reporter, has been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges that he participated in a riot while working as a journalist during protests in Washington, DC on Inauguration Day. Cantú faces eight felony counts—including inciting a riot, rioting, conspiracy to riot and five counts of destruction of property. The grand jury handed up the indictment last week.

    • Heads up says:

      Jeff Sessons’ Department of Justice is demanding information on visitors to a website used to organize protests against President Trump. This includes “names, addresses, telephone numbers and other identifiers (such as photographs), e-mail addresses, business information, the length of service (including start date), means and source of payment for services (including any credit card or bank account number), and information about any domain name registration” for an estimated 1.3 million visitors. The warrant, dated July 12, says that authorities will seize any information constituting violations of D.C. code governing riots that involve individuals connected to the protests on Inauguration Day. More than 200 people were indicted on felony rioting charges in connection with the protests in Washington on Jan. 20.

  4. ‘Enemy of the American People’ says:

    Television reporters covering the Capitol were told midday Tuesday to stop recording interviews in Senate hallways, a dramatic and unexplained break with tradition that was soon reversed amid a wide rebuke from journalists, Democratic lawmakers and free-speech advocates.
    The episode heightened concerns about reporters’ access to Washington leaders in an era when hostility toward the political media has increasingly become the norm. For some, the move to protect senators from impromptu on-camera interviews fell into a wider Trump-era pattern of efforts to roll back press freedoms, whether by barring reporters from interviewing officials or denying them access to briefings, trips and events.
    See also “The remarkable steps Republicans are taking to obscure what’s in their health-care bill”

  5. HAIL VICTORY says:

    “Carl Bernstein: Trump attacks ‘degenerate’ Watergate reporter” (BBC Aug 30, 2018) On Wednesday, the president called Mr Bernstein a “sloppy” and “degenerate fool” who invented stories.
    Mr Bernstein fired back, tweeting that he spent his life “bringing the truth to light” and “no taunt” could diminish that commitment.
    His story reported Mr Trump knew about a 2016 meeting with Russians.
    “Trump asserts only he can be trusted over opponents and ‘fake news’ ” (Washington Post 8/30/18) “This is Trump at war — war with the elites; war with the permanent political class; war with the opposition party media, tech oligarchs, the Antifa anarchists,” Stephen K. Bannon, Trump’s former White House chief strategist, wrote in a text message. “This is the reason Trump is president — to take on the vested interests in this country for hard working Americans.”

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