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Daebelliehn, Mattson, Waxham, Xiao 1 The Watergate scandal marked a turning point American politics and ushered in a new

era of interaction between the government and the media. This newfound relationship between the government and the media is even more evident today thanks to the Chelsea Manning’s and Edward Snowden’s of the world. We wanted to explore the causes and implications of this new journalistic landscape where whistleblowing has begun to replace investigative journalism. To begin we turned to Watergate, the beginning of our new “-gate” to “-gate” 24/7 hour news media. The Nixon administration's actions and response to the events surrounding Watergate created an inherent distrust in government that still survives today. Our research on Watergate began with general background information from a variety of sources. We used this to compile a timeline of all of the events leading up to and following the break in at the Watergate Hotel. This provided a solid foundation to continue our research on the media reaction to the scandal. Our main focus was the Washington Post investigation lead by Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward. We studied notes from their investigations and interviews following the scandal. From these we were able to understand how they pursued the story and eventually got their smoking gun from one of history’s most famous whistleblowers Deep Throat. We continued our research with previous instances of notable media and government interaction like the 1st Amendment and the John Peter Zenger Case. We then organized our research into several categories. Part one is our thesis and other general information, part two are the precedents and contemporary events relating to Watergate, part three is background and lead-up to Watergate and part four is the impact of the scandal. This division of information helps make our content accessible and coherent. After we developed our topic it became clear to us that a website is the best way to display our research and findings. It allows us the opportunity to not only tell the story of

Daebelliehn, Mattson, Waxham, Xiao 2 Watergate, but to also explain its impact. That, combined with the strengths of group leaning toward technical rather than artistic, ultimately made a web platform our best choice. The Watergate affair marked a tumultuous time in our government. The Nixon administration did not respect the public’s right to government transparency; this lack of responsibility on the government’s part was instead fulfilled by the media. This brought up the issues of freedom of the media and their responsibility for government transparency. The right of the people to know, the right of the media to investigate, the responsibility of the government to cooperate and the media’s responsibility to pursue the story make the Watergate scandal a quintessential example in American history of rights of responsibilities.