All the President's Men Study Guide

For a comprehensive overview of Watergate and The Washington Post's investigative coverage of the story, follow this link: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/national/longterm/watergate/front.htm It will take you to "Revisiting Watergate." Review the links accessible from that main page. This will provide you with information that will fill in some blanks during the film as well as clarify people s roles. With this background in mind, we will watch the movie All the President's Men and you will answer the following questions: 1. Woodward and Bernstein served as watchdogs of their government officials. What are some of the challenges they confronted as reporters unraveling the Watergate story? (3+ sentences) 2. What personality traits made them good watchdogs of their government? (3+ sentences) 3. How would you characterize Woodward and Bernstein s reporting process? In what way did their actions exemplify the ethical consensus Canadian journalists have reached (on p.11 of your handout)? (3+ sentences) 4. How did The Washington Post s publisher and editors support Woodward and Bernstein? (3+ sentences) Use your critical thinking skills to respond to these questions below:
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What lessons does The Washington Post s coverage of Watergate provide to journalists and the news media today? (4+ sentences) What is the role of the news media? Should the news media monitor the government and hold government officials accountable, or is it anti-Canadian to do so? (4+ sentences) Should the news media defer to its government officials in times of crisis (i.e., the Vietnam War, the War on Terror) and not jeopardize support for our nation s leaders? What do you think? Every media consumer needs to deeply consider the role of the news media as it reports on our nation s leaders. (8+ sentences) What might have been the original intentions of the freedom of press clause? (4+ sentences) Should Woodward and Bernstein have had to reveal the identity of deep throat? Does this violate the 5th Amendment s right of accused to face accuser s clause? (4+ sentences) Should public figures have fewer rights to protect themselves from the press than nonpublic figures? (8+ sentences)

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