Saturday, August 3, 2013

Great piece by The Star's Susan Delacourt comparing then and now in investigative journalism

"Watergate," the movie version
"When journalism helped set in motion the downfall of U.S. president Richard Nixon about 40 years ago, there was no such thing as email, YouTube or social media. Now it’s nearly impossible to imagine a scandal without them.
Nixon’s Watergate may have inspired a couple of generations of investigative journalism in the decades hence, but the tools and standards for truth in reporting have moved several dimensions beyond the 1970s.
When you think about it, in fact, a digital or electronic thread has been running through all the big scandals in the news the past few weeks and months — a type of evidence largely unavailable to the crusading reporters of decades past."
The whole story

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