GOOD JOURNALISM SHOULD CHALLENGE PEOPLE... Carl Bernstein

CAMPAIGN 2016: Looking for a little wisdom from past leaders

Good journalism should challenge people,

not just mindlessly amuse them.

Carl Bernstein, Pulitzer Prize-winner
 


SHOULD IT WORRY US THAT MANY AMERICANS NOW GET THEIR POLITICAL NEWS AND INSIGHT FROM COMEDIANS AND ENTERTAINERS?

What we hear from Bill Maher, Rush Limbaugh or Stephen Colbert shapes our thinking, our likes and dislikes... and may drive our voting.

Why do so many of us trust those who make us outraged... or make us laugh?

 Carl Francis
CFrancis@Envisian.com

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WHILE A YOUNG REPORTER FOR THE WASHINGTON POST IN 1972, Bernstein was teamed up with Bob Woodward; the two did much of the original news reporting on the Watergate scandal.

These scandals led to numerous government investigations and the eventual resignation of President Richard Nixon. The work of Woodward and Bernstein was called "maybe the single greatest reporting effort of all time" by Gene Roberts.

Bernstein's career since Watergate has continued to focus on the theme of the use and abuse of power "through books, magazine articles, television reporting and commentary".

He is the author or co-author of six books: All the President's Men, Final Days, and The Secret Man, with Bob Woodward; His Holiness: John Paul II and the History of Our Time, with Marco Politi; Loyalties; and A Woman in Charge: The Life of Hillary Rodham Clinton. Additionally, he is currently a Visiting Presidential Professor at Stony Brook University and a regular political commentator on CNN.