The history of Watergate and how two journalists brought down a presidency. Watergate. History. In June of 1972, five men were arrested in a burglary at the Watergate Apartments in Washington, D.C. June 17, 1972.
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In June of 1972, five men were arrested in a burglary at the Watergate Apartments in Washington, D.C.
During the early morning hours, a security guard notices that an office is being burglarized in the Watergate office building in Washington, D.C.
He calls police. Five men are arrested, including a former CIA agent. All five men are wearing suits, ties and rubber gloves.
What was unusual was that this burglary was at the Democratic National Headquarters.
Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein were two young reporters at The Washington Post who investigated the story behind the burglary.
When the Watergate burglary happened, The Washington Post ran the story on Page One.The New York Times ran it on Page 28.No one took the story seriously except the Post.
The day after the break in, Woodward had worked on the story from nine in the morning until eight at night. Woodward wrote a small story about a former CIA agent being arrested in connection with the burglary.
As part of the story, he called the U.S. Attorney General to ask him if he knew anything about the burglary.
He was told, “The burglars were not operating for us or with our consent.”
Woodward hadn’t even asked that question.
Woodward found out that Bernstein was also interested in finding out what had happened. He ended up asking Bernstein to help him work on the story.
He and Bernstein asked their editors if they could work only on this one story.
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