When Editors Had Their Writers' Backs

In an ironic sense Woodward and Bernstein’s coverage of the Watergate Scandal back in the ‘70s put in gear two opposing aspects to journalism: On the one hand, editor in chief Ben Bradlee of the Washington Post courageously ran with the story while threatening to castrate his two young reporters if they got it wrong, which, on one serious occasion, they did.  And the NY Times has paid vast sums of lawyers’ fees to keep some of their reporters out of jail rather than reveal sources.  

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