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40 Years After President Nixon Resigned, Carl Bernstein Would ‘Do It Exactly the Same’

BernsteinWhen Carl Bernstein and his Washington Post colleague Bob Woodward were investigating the Watergate scandal that drove President Richard Nixon to announce his resignation 40 years ago today, the stakes were high. For the country, a presidency was on the line; for Bernstein, his career.

With the anniversary today, we got to thinking whether the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist would’ve navigated the story any differently as a member of a media featuring 24/7 cable news and a never-ending social media stream.

“I’d do it exactly the same way,” Bernstein told TVNewser earlier this week at the CNN “The Sixties” finale screening. “Go out at night, knock on people’s doors, visit them at home, be respectful of them…they all worked for Richard Nixon and his re-election committee; they weren’t Democrats.”

“There’s no substitute for real reporting. Just relying on Twitter or the web to look up information is not real reporting. It can be part of the process, but the real thing… go out and talk to people and find out what the hell is going on.”

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Robert Redford to Play Dan Rather in ‘Rathergate’ Film

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Robert Redford has signed on to play Dan Rather in a film about the 2005 “60 Minutes II” story about Pres. George W. Bush‘s military record, which became known as “Memogate” and “Rathergate,” and would cost several CBS Newsers their jobs, and cost Rather millions of dollars.

“Truth” is based on the 2005 memoir Truth and Duty: The Press, The President, and The Privilege of Power by former CBS News producer Mary Mapes, who worked on the story and was later fired by CBS after an independent review found serious flaws with it. Cate Blanchett will play Mapes.

Rather left CBS News in 2006, and would later file a lawsuit against CBS Corp. In 2009, Rather told TVNewser he spent $2 million of his own money fighting the suit which was later dismissed. “60 Minutes II,” also known as “60 Minutes Wednesday” was canceled, another casualty of the debacle.

CBS News has no comment on the casting of the film.

Redford has played journalists in the past. In the 1996 film “Up Close and Personal” he starred as Warren Justice, a local news director in Miami who molds “Tally” Atwater, played by Michelle Pfeiffer, into a network news star. Earlier in his career, Redford played Bob Woodward in the film adaptation of All the President’s Men.

The film adaptation of Mapes’ book is years in the making. In 2008, TVNewser wrote about who might play Rather in the movie. At the time, Anthony Hopkins was a top choice.

Andrea Mitchell to Receive National Press Club’s Fourth Estate Award

andrea mitchellNBC News chief foreign affairs correspondent Andrea Mitchell will receive the 2013 Fourth Estate Award, the National Press Club’s prize for a journalist “who has made significant contributions to the field through a lifetime of excellence,” tonight in Washington, D.C.

Mitchell recently celebrated her 35th anniversary with NBC News. In a statement, she said receiving the award is “an incredible honor, made even more meaningful because this award began with the late Walter Cronkite and has subsequently been conferred upon my friend and colleague Tom Brokaw. I am humbled to have been selected to join such giants of our profession.”

In addition to Cronkite and Brokaw, previous winners include Bob Woodward, Jim Lehrer, Christiane Amanpour and David Broder.

Production Wraps on ‘The Chris Matthews Show’

The syndicated weekend public affairs program, “The Chris Matthews Show” is wrapping up production after 11 years. And the final three broadcasts, airing over the next three weekends, feature 17 of the show’s most prominent guests.

The seventeen journalists include Gloria Borger, David Brooks, Elisabeth Bumiller, Michael Duffy, Howard Fineman, John Heilemann, David Ignatius, Katty Kay, Joe Klein, Andrea Mitchell, Michele Norris, Kelly O’Donnell, Clarence Page, Kathleen Parker, Andrew Sullivan, Cynthia Tucker, and Bob Woodward.

It was these, and many other guests who, since 2002, provided the answer to the show’s signature question: “Tell me something I don’t know.”

“The fact is,” says Matthews. “I look at the whole show that way. I am constantly learning when I sit with these caring, thinking, in most cases, hopeful people. No, they’re not just journalists. They’re people – like you – trying to get some grip on this surprise we call life.”

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Surprise 50th Party for Joe Scarborough

Mika Brzezinski, MSNBC president Phil Griffin and the UAE’s Ambassador to the U.S. Yousef Al Otaiba threw a 50th birthday bash for Joe Scarborough last night in Washington, DC.

According to Politico, Scarborough thought they were coming to D.C. for a speech, instead, on the rooftop of 101 Constitution Ave., Scarborough was treated to a “this is your life” with friends and family. “We have your life covered here completely, from Boston to Los Angeles to Florida to New York to Washington. Everybody is here,” said Brzezinski.

“You can sit back and relax and just hang with your family because, actually, we are going to talk tonight — and you’re not going to say a word.”

Among the guests: NBC/MSNBC’s Willie Geist, David Gregory, Luke Russert, Mike Barnicle, Andrea Mitchell, Kelly O’Donnell and Lawrence O’Donnell. “Morning Joe” EP Alex Korson and former EP Chris Licht and Licht’s boss’s boss at CBS, Jeff Fager. Also, Walter Isaacson, Dan Senor, Nicolle Wallace, Bob Woodward and more.

(h/t Playbook)

Sean Hannity And Bob Woodward Talk ‘Regret’ Comments

On Fox News Channel’s “Hannity,” Bob Woodward appeared to talk about his book, and the “you’ll regret this” comments that have been making the rounds over the last few days. While Sean Hannity was his usual bombastic self, Woodward spent a good chunk of the interview trying to tone things down:

“People are saying this was a threat, or I was saying it was a threat, I haven’t used that language, but that isn’t how to operate in the White House.” Woodward said.

“Did you think the President lied?” Hannity asked. “No, I am not going to use words like that, I think we need to tone down the rhetoric here,” Woodward replied.

And on it went, it was a very interesting interview.

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Politico: Gene Sperling Was ‘Very Senior’ White House Official Who Threatened Bob Woodward

Veteran reporter, author and DC insider Bob Woodward told Wolf Blitzer last night on CNN that a “very senior” White House official threatened him over some of his reporting on the sequester. When Blitzer asked who it was, Woodward wouldn’t say. But this morning Politico got its hands on an email back and forth between Woodward and the White House official. It turns out it is Gene Sperling, the president’s economic adviser. Here’s a portion of a Feb. 22 email from Sperling to Woodward:

“But I do truly believe you should rethink your comment about saying … that Potus [President of the United States] asking for revenues is moving the goal post. I know you may not believe this, but as a friend, I think you will regret staking out that claim.”

Sperling, above appearing on “Erin Burnett: OutFront” Monday evening, was apologetic in his email to Woodward over a conversation on the subject earlier in the day: “My apologies again for raising my voice on the call with you. Feel bad about that and truly apologize. Gene.”

Woodward’s response was cordial as well.

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‘Very Senior’ White House Official Told Bob Woodward: ‘You Will Regret Doing This’

Bob Woodward has been covering the White House longer than some White House staffers have been alive. But today on “The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer,” the veteran Washington Post reporter says he was threatened by “a very senior person” at the White House over some of his reporting about the sequester.

Woodward told Blitzer, “It was said very clearly, you will regret doing this.” “Who sent that e-mail to you?” asked Blitzer.

Woodward: Well, I’m not going to say.

Blitzer:  Was it a senior person at the White House?

Woodward: A very senior person.  And just as a matter — I mean, it makes me very uncomfortable to have the White House telling reporters, you’re going to regret doing something that you believe in. And even though we don’t look at it that way, you do look at it that way.  And I think if Barack Obama knew that was part of the communication’s strategy — let’s hope it’s not a strategy, but it’s a tactic that somebody’s employed, and said, look, we don’t go around trying to say to reporters, if you, in an honest way, present something we don’t like, that, you know, you’re going to regret this.  And just — it’s Mickey Mouse.

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K.T. McFarland: Here’s What Happened When I Spoke to General Petraeus

Fox News contributor K.T. McFarland took to FoxNews.com to discuss the imbroglio involving General Petraeus. In case you missed it, Bob Woodward obtained audio of McFarland talking to Petraeus, and mentioning that Fox News CEO Roger Ailes wanted him to run for President.

In her column, McFarland explains the circumstances surrounding the incident:

On my way out, I casually told him, I’ll give the general your regards, shall I? Roger smiled and replied something to the effect of, tell him if they don’t make him chairman of the joint chiefs, he ought to jump into the presidential race to stir things up. I know now that Roger was joking, but at the time, I wasn’t sure…

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The AM Ticker: Woodward, Drought, Fox Map App

  • As he did for his last two books, journalist Bob Woodward is giving his first interview for his new book The Price of Politics to ABC’a Diane Sawyer. Woodward will speak to Sawyer on Monday, September 10, with excerpts running on “World News” and “Nightline.” He will appear in-studio on “GMA” the next day.
  • A sign of things to come? The NBCUniversal News Group is touting special coverage of the terrible drought the U.S. is currently facing. NBC news, CNBC, MSNBC, The Weather Channel, Telemundo and NBCNews.com are all planning special coverage for tomorrow, with an eye toward their particular audiences (i.e. financial impact on CNBC, Latino impact on Telemundo).
  • Fox News is launching a new iPad app, “You Decide 2012 Map” that let’s users predict how the electoral college will shake up during the 2012 election. Mashable reports: “If you’d like an expert opinion along with your own, former George W. Bush advisor Karl Rove and former Howard Dean campaign manager Joe Trippi — both Fox News contributors — deliver their predictions and analysis through the map.” Video of Rove, Trippi and Bret Baier using the app after the jump.

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