Study Guide

All the President's Men Politics

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SIMONS: Harry, this isn't a police story anymore. This is national. We need a top political writer on it.

Who reports the story is almost as important as how the story is reported. There is lots of debate in the offices of the Post on who should report the story and where in the paper it should go.

DARDIS: Okay, you and I are going to have to have an agreement that you're not going to reveal the source of your information.

This guy isn't even closely connected to the Nixon administration, but as someone intimately acquainted with politics – he works for the DA of Miami – he has to be careful with his words. Dardis also believed his was misrepresented by the movie, but only because they made him look like a shabby dresser. (Source)

NATIONAL EDITOR: He said, "If it's so goddamn important, who in the hell are Woodward and Bernstein?"

The Post must take a lot of risks with the Watergate story. They risk not taking the story seriously if they put novice reporters on it, but they risk making fools of themselves if they put it on the front page of the paper and it turns out to all be false information.

SLOAN: I'm a Republican.

WOODWARD: I am too. [glare from Bernstein]

This line is important to show us that the Post's story isn't a purely political vendetta against the president.

FOREIGN EDITOR: Ben, it's a dangerous story for this paper.

Anything political is dicey, and the most important asset for a newspaper is its credibility. They have to make sure the reward is worth the risk, which is what all politics are about.

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