Opinion: Democracy Running Low On Ink

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By: Martin McKenzie-Murray | The Sydney Morning Herald

FORTY years ago, five men in business suits were arrested burgling the Watergate building in Washington DC, the site of the Democratic National Committee’s headquarters. What was initially dismissed as a “third-rate burglary” by the White House press secretary would provide the thread for exposing a thoroughly criminalized White House, led by the paranoid delusions of its very strange 37th president, Richard Nixon.

The bungled burglary may have been left as just that but for the now-fabled tenacity of two young Washington Post reporters, Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein.

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