Exclusive Q&A: Bob Woodward talks Watergate, trust and integrity with the Deseret News

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  • Backtobasics Provo, UT
    Jan. 17, 2019 3:06 p.m.

    Well, I remember the “fall” of Richard Nixon and the whole Watergate scandal; it was the scandal that turned me into a “news junkie.” But let’s not forget that the story was handed to Bernstein and Woodward by “Deep Throat” and did not come about by any extraordinary journalism - it might have been done by any other group of skilled journalists. I am appalled, however, by the recently revealed partisanship of these two men who have shown themselves to be “Trump Haters.” In truth, as journalists, we should not know what their political leanings should be, but alas, we now know and subsequently they have lost their journalistic impartiality and integrity.

  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Jan. 15, 2019 9:33 a.m.

    IMO Woodward is a good journalist. He writes good books. I find them interesting. They are very convincing, and based on what people are actually saying to him. He does lots of interviews and research, and gets lots of dirt on Presidents. He seems to have a way of getting people to talk to him and say things they would not say anywhere else (and all the time knowing he's going to write a book about it).

    He's not for one side/party. He's written books exposing dirt on all Presidents since his book on Watergate, and that includes Democrats (Clinton and Obama).

    Google "Books by Bob Woodward"...
    Fear (Trump)
    All the President's Men (Nixon)
    The Final Days (Nixon)
    Plan of Attack (Bush)
    Obama's Wars (Obama)
    The Price of Politics (Obama)
    Veil: The Secret Wars (Clinton)
    The Agenda (Clinton)
    Maestro (Greenspan)
    The Choice (Clinton)
    Shadow (all 5 Presidents)

    He doesn't just target Democrats. He doesn't just target Republicans. He has exposed EVERY President's dirt since Nixon, and exposed anything secret or salacious said about them. At least he's consistent. I respect him for that. He has integrity. Better than Chuck Todd.

  • Rick for Truth Provo, UT
    Jan. 15, 2019 12:07 a.m.

    Many Liberal politicians simply do not use the same standards of integrity when judging fellow liberals then as they do when judging conservatives. A good example are the recent Kavanaugh nomination hearings.

  • 22Ray Sandy, UT
    Jan. 12, 2019 11:15 a.m.

    To Sportsfan123,
    I guess you missed the news last week that Manafort, the Trump campaign chairman, gave poll results to an individual associated with Russian intelligence during the campaign. Ya, I know, no collusion or conspiracy between the campaign and the Russians. Move along, nothing to see here.

  • BlueHusky Saratoga Springs, UT
    Jan. 12, 2019 7:43 a.m.

    Interesting comments. The GOP treasures Trump's love of country and the people. Oh wait. Only the people who believe he is a messiah. The people who listen only to Fox News (if that). I have a friend. He is active LDS. He is a lawyer. He believes that Mexicans are swarming over the border in their thousands to rape, sell drugs, and some, he supposes, are good people. Yet when we go to San Diego, we see no signs of those vicious hoards. My friend self censors: he refuses to read anything he thinks might be "liberal". Liberal is the devil incarnate. Most Trump "conservatives" think the same way. None can even define "liberal" and "conservative".

    Trump is a certifiable malignant narcissist. His actions are reported daily. His lies are counted by the Washington Post (who uncovered the Nixon crimes). What I find interesting is that Trump's base doesn't read "liberal" papers or listen to "liberal" news. They believe every one of Trump's documented 7,000 lies. They are ignorant of the truth because the "conservative" media simply does not report it. They report propaganda, and spread Trump's certifiable lies.

    And they seem to be indifferent to Trump's blunders in foreign policy. Sad.

  • Flipphone , 00
    Jan. 10, 2019 10:22 a.m.

    Few if any New media have any integrity.. All are political ideological driven.

  • n8ive american Shelley, Idaho
    Jan. 9, 2019 7:27 p.m.

    To "Marxist"

    Without capitalism there is no money for any social programs that Christians provide. The money has to come from somewhere.

    What is at odds is the socialist view of forced contribution to charity and voluntary contribution to charity with money earned through capitalism.

  • Sportsfan123 Herriman, UT
    Jan. 9, 2019 12:16 p.m.

    No comments regarding the parallels of the nixon administration regarding watergate, and the oblama administration?

    Nixon using the FBI to wire tap democrats, the oblama adminstration using the fbi and the NSA to electronically surveil the trump campaign by obtaining fisa warrants based on unsubtantiated evidence against a former trump campaign advisor Carter Page in congruence with the infamous steele dossier which has proven to be fake.

    Noone on the left consider's any of these fact's objectionable when the democrats basically copied Nixon.

    Consider this, Carter Page has not been and will not be indicted for being a russian spy, infact he is suing the fed govt for defimation. Chrisopher Steele has gone on record stating he cannot confirm the alligations put forth in his own dossier paid for by HRC. Not one person has gone to jail for russian election interference, those who have did so based on completely unrelated crimes not tied to russia.

    Mr Woodward is showing his own bias towards trump by not addressing these issue's and people wonder why the msm is not trusted.

    If there is evidence against trump then prove it, going after trump associates for dirt proves nothing.

  • search diligently Lehi, UT
    Jan. 9, 2019 10:59 a.m.

    @ The Real Maverick

    I did not vote for Trump. And I am not a radical right wing person. I don't like his approach to things. But I do think his position on issues, in general... but not all, is the best for our country. (e.g. In spite of all the naysayers that a wall won't work, it does and will... just as they do for prisons.)

    I also feel the media is very bias with a liberal agenda overall. I challenge all liberals to view as much Fox as CNN. And I challenge all conservatives to view as much CNN as Fox.

    Without doing this it is putting on the rose or blue colored glasses. See what arguments each side have to make. Don't be blind followers.

  • stand up for truth Lehi, UT
    Jan. 9, 2019 10:24 a.m.

    The DN need to exercise trust and integrity too, by not censoring conservative views.

  • RedShirt USS Enterprise, UT
    Jan. 9, 2019 9:49 a.m.

    To "marxist " I don't think you understand Christianity. Christianity and capitalism go hand in hand. Both require individuals to work things out for themselves, and that they don't depend on the group for salvation. Both have rewards for individual work. Christianity is about freedom of choice, and so is capitalism.

    For example Galation 5:1 says "Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage." Collectivism is bondage where you can only do what the state sanctions. Capitalism is freedom where you make it or not based on your own efforts.

    What is at odds with each other are Christianity and government run Collectivism.

  • skeptic Phoenix, AZ
    Jan. 9, 2019 8:45 a.m.

    The Trump party's believe in alternative facts; and that truth isn't truth, almost says it all in summing up the Trump party political thinking. It is baffling why more people don't see through the deceptive thinking. And why they choose to go along with faulty tactical political party leadership.

  • RedShirt USS Enterprise, UT
    Jan. 9, 2019 7:11 a.m.

    To "The Real Maverick" so you are saying that all of the actual studies and research that have been done on bias in media are wrong? You are saying that you have studied it and know more about it than the experts?

    To "eastcoastcoug" but you should be concerned with bias. It is because of bias in the media that the truth is lost or ignored. You won't get the facts about a situation if the facts don't confirm the bias of the media.

  • marxist Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 9, 2019 7:11 a.m.

    @christoph "Watergate is an altar people worship at, they will never let it go, and want to use it to bring down capitalism and Christianity. "

    Interesting combination you raise - "capitalism and Christianity." These two are actually in opposition to each other as capitalism tends to drive out fraternal and familial relationships on which Christianity thrives.

    Watergate and Trump are different by degree. The money sloshing around Watergate was out of capital, but under Trump we have a wedding of American capitalism with the Russian financial oligarchy. Fundamentalist Christians don't pick up on this because their faith understands little of capitalism and its evolution. We area all learning the hard way.

  • christoph Brigham City, UT
    Jan. 8, 2019 11:08 p.m.

    Watergate is an altar people worship at, they will never let it go, and want to use it to bring down capitalism and Christianity. Forgive and move on. More serious things going on in last 20 years.

  • franc Kirkland, WA
    Jan. 8, 2019 9:38 p.m.

    He did?? Wow ...

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    Jan. 8, 2019 9:06 p.m.

    This was a good dialogue to have in Utah with Mr. Woodward on Integrity and honesty. It great to have Journalists protected. Having lived in many countries and traveled to many others, their people including reporters are not given the same protections as we have in the United States of America.

    Those that criticize our news agencies for their diligence in getting the truth should be ashamed.

    Reporters in war and peace, at football games or city parades climb into the trench to seek the truth.

    Today as in Nixon’s day, it is critical to keep searching for the truth.

    Mr Woodward didn’t find it on his first attempt to get the truth from or about Nixon. He continued to get hints and whispers from his sources, as good investigators do.

    Thanks to people that seek truth is an imperative for elected officials. Voters should care about the integrity and honesty of their leaders at all levels.

  • The Real Maverick Spanish Fork, UT
    Jan. 8, 2019 9:04 p.m.

    The MSM refused to air president Obama’s speech when he rolled out DACA. This was a real issue and he had real talking points that needed to be expressed to the American people. But they refused to give him time.

    Donald however, was given air time by all major news outlets to lie, rant, and not add any further enlightenment to the wall issue. He’s clearly desperate and is trying everything to appease his radical right wing critics.

    So when people claim that the MSM is biased, just remember this. They’re full of it. And no matter how far to the right the MSM goes, it’ll never satisfy the radical right that empowers trump. They must always have an enemy to target and demean. They’ll never credit the MSM for anything.

  • dski HERRIMAN, UT
    Jan. 8, 2019 6:51 p.m.

    Journalism seems to be dead. Journalists seem to care and are preoccupied with ratings and who is first to report it more than reporting the news accurately. They are also advocating issues instead of reporting them. For example, the separation of families at the border was conducted as business as usual during the Obama Administration. Now that the Trump Administration continues that policy, the media is blaming Trump. Where were they during this time? They were lapdogs not watchdogs to Obama. To make matters worse, the initial pictures they showed were taken during the Obama Administration. Whatever happened to checking the sources and their facts before reporting? Report the facts and let the public decide for themselves. That is missing.
    The media’s approval ratings? And they expect us to trust them?

  • EPoint Roy, UT
    Jan. 8, 2019 6:25 p.m.

    Intellectual honesty is swept aside by passion and emotion of preset opinions. Integrity must be consistent and without over-reaching agendas. So many believe they have a pass on being intellectually honest, of integrity, because they know better and therefore their agenda is worth breaking all the rules to achieve.

  • eastcoastcoug Danbury, CT
    Jan. 8, 2019 5:29 p.m.

    @New to Utah, Biscuit, etc.

    I am less concerned about 'bias' and more concerned about learning the Truth. I've seen the media get tough on all presidents when they've hedged on the facts. That's their job - to challenge. I don't always like the way they do it and some are better than others, but I want someone in there challenging our politicians.

    My father always complained that the media was biased against Nixon and then when the tapes exposed what a huge Liar he had been. I felt betrayed. Nixon damaged the GOP and I learned it is better to have someone removed from office than to have them lying.

  • kolob1 Sandy, UT
    Jan. 8, 2019 5:08 p.m.

    Its remarkable. All you Republicans commenting about the bias of the liberal press and not one kind word about the newsworthiness of Fox News and Friends. Says a lot for your assessment of this article. NOT!

  • sgallen Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 8, 2019 4:55 p.m.

    I think it’s cool that we Mormons have leaders like Todd, who have had such varied life experiences. It helps our church maintain integrity and trust.

  • Biscuit , 00
    Jan. 8, 2019 4:31 p.m.

    Pretty much all news media today seems very biased, unless your a Democrat . If your a Democrat it seems unbiased, because the news media is telling you what you agree with.

  • New to Utah Provo, UT
    Jan. 8, 2019 4:27 p.m.

    Honestly, Bob Woodward and the Washington Post have a half century track record of leaning Democrat and liberal. He certainly makes valid points and I do read articles from the Post. Right now I couldn't be more turned off by the antics of President Trump and the similar if not more outrageous antics of members of the media especially MSNBC and CNN but the Washington post also had some pretty biased articles and has certainly lost some of my trust.

  • Hemlock Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 8, 2019 4:02 p.m.

    Mr. Woodward's admission is telling that "many people in the news media have become emotionally unhinged about Trump, and particularly go on TV and show their hand that they are not just reporters, neutral fact gatherers, but have become advocates...."

    Searching for an objective journalist to present the issues is not easy for anyone who is interested in factual reporting. As in the last election, it becomes clearer that voting for Neither is the better option.