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WATCH: Nixon Event at the Post
Ken Hughes, author of Chasing Shadows: The Nixon Tapes, the Chennault Affair, and the Origins of Watergate, took part in a special event last night, hosted by the Washington Post, which included Elizabeth Drew and reunited Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein. With the fortieth anniversary of the Nixon resignation rolling around this week, the panel revisited the heady days of the Watergate break-in and its following cover-up and also attempted to place those events in a contemporary context. C-Span will run the entire program next week, but until then the Post has already posted several clips online, and they make for pretty riveting viewing. The panel all rose to the occasion—this was no ceremonial gathering of famous faces, these people clearly wanted to talk.
The panel discusses where they were when Nixon finally stepped down, including Post publisher Katherine Graham's decree that there be "no gloating": WATCH.
Asked about Gerald Ford's pardon of Nixon, the panel describes feeling at the time that it was the ultimate corruption, while in hindsight it seems like a courageous, necessary act: WATCH.
On the subject of the presidential tapes and their legacy, the discussion turns to the current lack of such documentation and its disturbing impact on transparency: WATCH.