All the President’s Men

All the President’s Men if a movie that goes through the journey of two reporters trying to uncover the Watergate scandal revolving around President Richard Nixon in 1972.  Carl Bernstein (Dustin Hoffman) and Bob Woodward (Robert Redford) are new writers for The Washington Post and it is the first time they are working together.

The pair get their information from an unnamed and off the record source, “Deep Throat”, who gives them metaphors and riddles to solve about the case.  Despite the information he gave them was considered off the record, his hints and clues kept leading both Hoffman and Woodward in the right direction for their story.

One lesson we can take from this movie is the importance of your sources.  Despite being an unnamed source, Deep Throat kept leading them to places where they could get the information.  Often times as a reporter, it’s difficult to keep the identity kept of those who wish to remain unanimous. 

Another less we can learn from this film was the importance of staying consistent with investigative reporting.  Although most news stories we read are hard news stories, investigative stories take much longer to write and get all information.  Both writers showed persistence and consistency with their writings despite Watergate being stretched out over such a long time.  


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