Legendary Journalists Bob Woodward And Carl Bernstein Respond To Those Who Don’t Trust The Media

The two reporters who broke the Watergate scandal made a special appearance at the White House Correspondents Dinner.

Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, best known as the reporters whose investigation into a break-in at the Watergate Hotel resulted in the resignation of President Richard Nixon, addressed individuals, including President Trump, who have lost faith in the mainstream media at last night's White House Correspondents Dinner

"Mr. President, the media is not fake news," Woodward said. "Let's take that off the table as we proceed."

Trump was not in attendance at the annual event and is the first sitting president to not appear at the dinner since 1981. At the time, Ronald Reagan was in the hospital recovering from an assassination attempt and instead delivered his remarks by phone. 

The theme of this year's dinner was a celebration of the First Amendment and featured remarks by president of the Correspondents' Association Jeff Mason and Daily Show comedian Hasan Minhaj. 

The dogged reporting style of Woodward and Bernstein has long been held up as a testament to the power and necessity of journalism in a modern society. In a time when the relationship between the executive branch and the media seems at its most strained in recent history, Woodward and Bernstein took time in their speeches to also give advice to those currently working in the industry.

"The best obtainable version of the truth," Bernstein said in reference to the reporting philosophy that drove Woodward and himself while investigating the Watergate scandal. "The best obtainable version of the truth became repeatedly clearer, more developed and understandable. We're reporters—not judges, not legislators. What government or citizens or judges do with the information we've developed is not part of our process, or our objective. Our job is to put the best obtainable version of the truth out there, period."

Woodward echoed Bernstein's sentiments and added that while this continued drive to find the truth might not make journalists always the most respected or liked profession, sometimes, that's when the job is the most important.

"The most aggressive our search for truth, the more some people are offended by the press; So be it," Woodward said, quoting the late Ben Bradlee, former editor of the Washington Post. "I take great strange knowing that in my experience, the truth does emerge. It takes forever sometimes, but it does emerge, and that any relaxation by the press will be extremely costly to democracy."

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