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Published: 2 years ago
Legendary investigative journalist and author Bob Woodward shares the inside story of President Richard Nixon's downfall, and what was learned from the Nixon White House tapes. He warns that we are entering a new era of secrecy that harkens back to Nixon's days. We think we are resilient, but if we are infected with hate and lack of knowledge, we could lose our democracy, Woodward argues.

Bob Woodward is regarded as one of America’s preeminent investigative reporters and non-fiction authors. He has worked for The Washington Post since 1971 as a reporter, and is currently an associate editor of the Post. While a young reporter for The Washington Post in 1972, Woodward was teamed up with Carl Bernstein; the two did much, but not all, of the original news reporting on the Watergate scandal that led to numerous government investigations and the eventual resignation of President Richard Nixon.

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Truly outstanding look at the trouble we have been in and it looks like we are going inside that same dark tunnel now. Lord help us. Great presentation by Mr. Woodward. This should be shown in classrooms coast to coast.

2 months ago

A rambling lecture.

2 months ago

Great video, thank you Mr. Woodward for all you do. When Nixon was elected president, Americans did not know how corrupt or mentally unstable he was. However, what I don't understand is Americans where well aware how corrupt, amoral and mentally unstable Trump is and still elected him president, with the potential for a second term in office! Even Bill Clinton got a pass from the American people and completed his second term with a 67% approval rating, the highest in recent memory! So, even with credible investigative reporting and "hindsight," far too many Americans, for inexplicable reasons, don't seem to care all that much about our leaders' ethical standards or lack thereof. Now, we need investigative psychologists to explain this socio-political zeitgeist to the rest of us. How are we supposed to change if we don't understand ourselves?

2 months ago

You are so intelligent. I enjoyed your book Fear. Thank you for enlightening the people who enjoy reading and the truth. God bless!

3 months ago

What ever happened to Frank Wills? The man who caught the five burglars : Barker, McCord, Sturgis, Martinez and Gonzalez and where are they/the five today?

3 months ago

I've admired this guy ( Bob Woodward ) since I was 11 years old! 1974

4 months ago

Bob Woodward for president! Please oh please oh please oh please...

4 months ago

Publishing THIS on "inauguration day" gives it a touch of conspiracy. Wherever "great conspirators" deal in their back office, it is as interesting to see where their subjects or pawns are going to resurface next.

5 months ago

Thank you Bob.

5 months ago

Are people this gullible? Ultimately this is about: Liberal values vs. Conservative values. Nixon was no criminal. What he was caught doing was only what his opponents`got away with, over and over...

5 months ago

Take down tRUMP

5 months ago

How come Bob Woodward pronounces the word Report and Reporting as "Raport" and "Raporting"?

5 months ago

"Lust for Retaining Political Power," which is abbreviated "GOP."

5 months ago

Our failure to prosecute the powerful, will allow the powerful to calculate their risks. In that calculus, being driven from your jobs and your power with millions in the bank, doesn't seem so bad after all.

5 months ago

Legalize marijuana

5 months ago

There was an interesting irony I found after watching Ken Burns' 'Vietnam War' documentary series... the seeds of Nixon's treachery and paranoia in 1968 to gain the presidency had born the very fruit that led to his downfall and impeachment in 1974. Nixon got elected by secretly committing treason against America to beat his rival V.P. Hubert Humphrey.... 3 or 4 days before election day, Nixon secretly sent a personal representative to Vietnam to talk to their president in order to sabotage first-time peace talks (between North and South Vietnam, saving troops lives), because the peace talks were helping Humphrey's poll numbers and setting him up for the win.
What Nixon didn't know is that the current President Gerald Ford had the Vietnam offices bugged, so he had heard recordings of NIxon's treachery, but he didn't want to report this to the American people because then he would've had to reveal he had illegally used bugs/wiretapping. Years later, Nixon is president, but from his time in the White House, he becomes paranoid about recordings possibly existing of his Vietnam-treachery, so he sends his goons to break into the DNC safes where he thinks those recordings and other documents may exist... Watergate ensues and thus the seeds of Nixon's treachery and paranoia had born the very fruit that led to his downfall and impeachment.

5 months ago

You learned nothing. You sat on your hands and did not write any LYING book when Clinton and Obama were destroying the country. You are conveniently only writing your books designed to bring down republican presidents. If you don't expose ALL who do wrong YOU ARE THE WRONGDOER!

5 months ago

What a wise man. Only if I had him as a professor during my time in college.

5 months ago

Gaslighting, insults, & smears are all the Left has now. Zero good policies. Raise taxes, abolish ICE, impeach Trump. What have they accomplished when they had control? How was Chicago, Detroit, California, Seattle? Homeless? Opioid plague? Vets? Jobs? Economy? Pay2play Politics? Secret Uranium One & Secret Iran Deal? Warmongering-two wars expanded to eight, funding ISIS per unaltered emails Wikileaks. Do you know who Mueller is? Same man that lied about Iraq WMD to Congress, passed over for FBI Director by Trump, and delivered 10 grams of yellow cake samples to Moscow in 2009. All these stories in paid leftist Mainstream Media are to undermine Trump, his Administration, and distract from Russian hoax being blown apart.

5 months ago

Donald Trump and EVERYTHING remotely connected to HIM is fraught with CRIME, IMMORALITY, UNETHICAL BEHAVIOR, TREASON and COLLUSION! But other than those FEW things. . . . . .

1 week ago

Phuck Woodward

5 months ago

I’m sorry these guys don’t investigate all political parties

5 months ago

44 hateful people watched this. Either that or Nixon watched it from the grave 44 times.

5 months ago

I'm surprised the 44 donald trump supporters that did not like this vid, even knew what TED was. They must have gotten here by accident.

5 months ago

There hasn’t been a good Republican president since Lincoln.

5 months ago

It’s almost Shakespearean.

5 months ago

Watching this gives me hope, that there are patriotic, honest people who are going to protect America from Trump and his low level of intelligence and high level of corruption.

5 months ago

Clinton and her insane supporters failed to secure a Presidential bid. That explains all the complaining, whining and fussing.

5 months ago

The funny thing to me about Nixon is that he did not NEED to do any of the illegal things he did in order to achieve his goals.

5 months ago

In the white house the level of criminality which is astonishing… Woodward

5 months ago

hate of the antifa brings them down, fear bring down the rest of criminals. tic toc MAGA

5 months ago

God I'd love to sit down and have a coffee with this guy. Not a captivating public speaker, but he seems to be exceptionally bright and smart. A sort of slow force, like a glacier.

5 months ago

He seems pretty captivating to me. A person doesn’t have to be loud and a fast talker to be a good speaker.

5 months ago

He's awesome in dialogue. With interviewers who court drama, he tones down their effort to speak with integrity. "You want to use the word 'lie.' .... They are being dishonest - to protect their jobs, understandably."

5 months ago

Woodward is a boss. If we don't have to wait til 2020 or 24 to be rid of that diapershitter in the oval office, Woodward will be among those to thank.

5 months ago

Wow, how prophetic. This was spoken before Trump was elected. At least Nixon had the decency to resign. Trump is so broken we will have to escort him out in a straight jacket.

5 months ago

@ James Perdue ~ Just thinking about what you said. " At least Nixon had the decency to resign ' Nixon and decency connected without a NO between! My how far we've fallen.....:(

4 months ago

Wow, how prophetic. This was spoken before Trump was elected. At least Nixon had the decency to resign. Trump is so broken we will have to escort him out in a straight jacket.

5 months ago

Mark Felt of the FBI gave Woodward and Fatstein all their info. Gomer Pyle could have toppled Nixon with the inside help they got.

5 months ago

When Democrats hop on the hate wagon with so many so called conservative alt right crazies, then we are chopping our selves off at the knees. Respect and decency is what will win, not might or brute power.

5 months ago

+AroundSun I respect the concern to monitor borders, and deal with illegal aliens appropriately. Respect and decency is simply respect and decency. Law enforcement is good, I'm all for it. We have to constantly guard our spirits, and protect the borders of our souls. To open these borders to treating other human beings with ungodly disrespect compromises our own selves. Our words are spirit. They express and reveal either wise and godly strength or foolish hatred and a surrender to demonic frustration. Decency, and respect in the way we can imagine "Jesus" dealing with this issue.

3 months ago

So, open borders and illegal immigration = respect and decency...riiight.....

3 months ago

It is truly a tragedy there aren't more journalists like Bob Woodward. I think most would agree, he is of a drying breed of those who  fervently seek out the truth and more importantly are not afraid to speak out. I am happy I grew up in the 60s and had a chance to see real journalism at the hands of  Woodward and Bernstein. Their coverage of Nixon and his corrupt administration caused America to take notice of what' can happen in our political arena.  Sadly today, 2018, we are in the midst of another deplorable president who is using his position for his own means.  He certainly doesn't have the country's best interest at heart.

5 months ago

On the Ken Burns documentary "The Vietnam War" did I hear correctly that Nixon told the North Vietnamese Delegation at the Paris Peace Talks if they delayed an agreement until after the election then he (Nixon) would get them a better deal? If this is true it seems to me this is a blatant act of treason, aiding the enemy at a time of war. Since the documentary aired I have heard nothing more about this. Why is that?

5 months ago

Bob Woodward, a great journalist is making us aware of the problems this current administration in Washington can really do to harm to our country.

5 months ago

Hahahahahahahahahahahaha
If he was a real reporter he would have criticized all the presidents not just trump
Where was he on Obama Clinton
He is a swamp supporter
30 yrs of do nothing
All Nixon did was erase some tapes
Or is that the real story
What is the real story behind Watergate
Where are his books on Benghazi uranium one fast and furious Obamacare
Waco 9/11

5 months ago

He has reported on 9 presidents, including Clinton and Obama who did interview for his book, unlike Trump.

5 months ago

That explains why Trump is intensifying his trade war with China a million times at this critical moment, it all makes sense now, thank you sir!

5 months ago

Is amazing how history repeats itself

5 months ago

hes kindof cute isnt he

5 months ago

America, here's your chance to redeem yourself. Learn from your past. Mr.Woodward is a hero. Listen to him! Do what's right!

Signed,
The World

5 months ago

And Nixon got away with it just like Trump is going to get away with whatever crimes they're going to dig up on him. Maybe a pardon is the actual reason Trump run for the Presidency.

5 months ago

Exactly what the GOP Congressional majority is working very hard to accomplish.. protect crooked Trump because he is Mitch McConnell's two digits..

5 months ago

Nixon WAS a CROOK~! I was in the USN when Watergate broke. Unfortunately, The GOP have been & continue to be unethical . But this Russia collusion is an extreme that I still cannot fully fathom. When you have Mitch McConnell, Lindsey Graham and other powerful GOP members falling in step behind Trump, there is something SERIOUSLY WRONG with our government. I cannot imagine Howard Baker acting like today's GOP; Jordan, Meadows,Gowdy &. Nunes are on a whole other level. I pray that Mr. Mueller brings all of them to justice~

5 months ago

I apologize for that first line in my very long comment-just below. Most of the comments below on this video are favorable. My animus is directed to the trumpites~

5 months ago

And How Hate was Fostered by Woodward in order to quote Nixons words of wisdom on the Poisonous Hate Woodward lit the fuse to.........What a Con .....Just another Great American Profiteer off American Ignorance to Hook Line and Divert Journalism.

5 months ago

The part of the Watergate Story where a call girl ring was being run out of the Office and the list of names of donors who took advantage of it was a mass media subversion topic that was kept subverted. If stories are cherry picked and chopped up today imagine the ability to deny, destroy and divide a Presidency in the 1970’s.

5 months ago