The American investigative reporter Bob Woodward, known for unveiling the keys of the Watergate scandal along with his fellow of the newspaper ‘The Washington Post’ Carl Bernstein, intervened this Saturday, by videoconference, at the 74th General Assembly of the Inter-American Press Association (SIP) ), which is held in the Convention Center of the city of Salta (Argentina) and was very clear in its assessment of both the case and the murder of the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi and the current situation of President Donald Trump.
With the recently confirmed death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the consulate of his country – Saudi Arabia – in Turkey, Woodward did not hesitate to begin his presentation with a reference to this professional.
The death of Jamal Khashoggi reminds me of Watergate, when Nixon said that his inferior staff had organized these activities and today we know that he himself was the one who directed that mission
“The death of Jamal Khashoggi reminds me of Watergate, when Nixon said that his inferior staff had organized these activities and today we know that he was the one who led that mission,” he said in clear reference to the highest authorities of the Arab country.
The author of ‘Fear: Trump in the White House’ made a live intervention that allowed the participants to interact with one of the two reporters who precipitated the resignation of President Richard Nixon in August 1974.
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Woodward, who in Watergate’s journalistic investigation was the one who maintained contact with the main source, called “Deep Throat,” he said, referring to the president of the United States that although Trump “is a legitimate president,” the issue is knowing “a what is being ventured “and how can react by doing things” on the fly “, so he urged people from the US UU to not fall asleep.
The reporter considered that the political strategy of Donald Trump is to get the press to be the de facto opposition, so he asked the media to find new ways of thinking to avoid, for example, when the president of the United States. UU Criticize journalists, let them get carried away by their emotions.
The veteran journalist, aged 75, revealed that last August Trump called him to complain about what he writes about him, to which he replied that even though we are at a crucial point in history, he is not allowed to go to the White House to find out what you want to know.
He also said that Trump has, in terms of the press, the same rules as Nixon, whose resignation was precipitated by the journalistic investigations of Woodward and Bernstein, with the proviso that there is currently no culture of violence and he hopes “not to arrive to that. ”
On his book “Fear: Trump in the White House,” he explained that the title responds to the fact that the “real power for Trump is fear” and said that everything that the current president of EE does. UU It is of great journalistic interest.
Trump’s fear strategy
In this sense, he said that although he is aware of the need for the media to cover the day-to-day issues, if half of the writing of ‘The Washington’ depended on it, he would now be dedicated to reporting on the Donald Trump administration. .
On Watergate, he recalled the impulse and support he received from the editor of his newspaper, who considered that this scandal had to be deepened even if there were people who did not like it, since the news was the business and the raison d’etre of the daily.
Get out of the internet, leave the library, go to the places of the facts, make a detailed examination. There is nothing better than learning first hand
Woodward, who studied at Yale University, advised journalism students that instead of spending their time being fully involved in the internet, or in the library, go out into the streets and go to the places of events to learn by doing a detailed analysis of them.
“Get out of the internet, get out of the library, go to the places of the facts, do a detailed examination, there’s nothing better than learning firsthand,” he recommended in his talk.
The SIP, a private non-profit organization dedicated to the defense and promotion of freedom of the press and of expression in the Americas, is made up of editors and managers of more than 1,300 media outlets in the Americas and is headquartered in Miami (EE. .UU.).