Former CBS reporter Sharyl Attkisson on Sunday said that journalism has been on the decline since the Nixon era.
During a discussion on the 40th anniversary of President Richard Nixon’s resignation following the Watergate scandal on ABC’s “This Week,” Attkisson lamented the state of the media today.
“I think that we’ve gone backwards since that time when we really felt empowered as journalists,” she said.
She then dove into an account of what she thinks would have happened if Watergate had happened in 2014.
“I like to think as what would happen today during a Nixon type scandal, Nixon would basically refuse to turn over tapes to congress, his aides would refuse to testify to congress or would take the fifth or would lie to congress with fair amount of impunity,” she said. “Woodward and Bernstein will be controversialized on social media by special and political interests.”
“And then at the end, Nixon would go on a popular late night comedy show during which time he would humorously refer to his attackers as people that were political witch hunters who believe in Area 51 type conspiracies,” she concluded.
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