Investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson — long a thorn in President Obama’s side for her Benghazi coverage — broke down how the Watergate scandal would unfold in today’s Washington. And as ABC’s Martha Raddatz notes, it’s “very depressing.”
Saturday was the 40th anniversary of President Nixon’s resignation from office after the Watergate scandal. While many panelists on NBC’s “This Week” explained the moment as a time when America learned to be skeptical of its leaders, the former CBS reporter took a different tack.
“I think that we’ve gone backwards since that time when we really felt empowered as journalists,” Attkisson said. “And all I can think is: What would happen today during a Nixon-type scandal?”
“Nixon would basically refuse to turn over tapes to Congress,” she continued. “His aides would refuse to testify to Congress, or would take the Fifth, or would lie to Congress with a fair amount of impunity. Woodward and Bernstein would be controversialized on social media by special and political interests who use Facebook accounts.”
“And then at the end,” Attkisson declared. “Nixon would go on a popular late-night comedy show, during which time he would humorously refer to his attackers who were political witch-hunters who believe in Area 51-type conspiracies.”