The cast of characters is laid out. The plot quickly thickens. The rest plays like a political thriller.
Lines are blurred. Past and present become one. Is history repeating itself?
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It doesn’t take much of an imagination to find the connections director Charles Ferguson is trying to make in the opening credit for Watergate. Without any mention of names or alleged crimes, director Charles Ferguson allows the viewer to make their own connections between the Watergate scandal that rocked the White House over 4 decades ago and the current administration.
“It is inescapable that the United States is now gripped by a crisis whose parallels with Watergate grow closer every day. A country divided by social and racial tension; a President at war with the media; illegal eavesdropping by Russian hackers of Democratic candidates and campaigns; attempted subversion of a Presidential election via fake news; investigations by special prosecutors; firings of those in charge of investigating the President; secret tapes of Presidential conversations; former advisors turning witness under pressure from prosecutors – the echoes of Watergate are undeniable.”
From calling the press “the enemy of the people” to an Attorney General resigning under questionable circumstances, the twists and turns of the Watergate scandal seem eerily parallel to the presidency of today.
“Tonight I want go discuss the importance of the television medium to the American people. Nowhere in our system are their fewer checks on such vast power. Perhaps the place to start looking for a credibility gap is not in the offices of the Government in Washington, but in the studios of the networks in New York.”
Vice President Spiro Agnew, November 13, 1969,Des Moines, IA
In the first episode of History Channel’s Watergate, we see the first time an administration attacked the free press. The beginning of the wars against the media started with a direct attack on the news networks; a strategy devised by Nixon advisor and speechwriter Patrick Buchanan and executed in a speech given by Nixon’s Vice-President, Spiro Agnew in 1969. A strategy of attack that persists to this day.
During the tumultuous time of the Vietnam War and the height of the Cold War, an unlikely group of heroes comes forth and brings down a White House. You will get hooked on the History Channel’s 3 part docuseries. See FBI Special Agent John Minderman in Academy Award winning director, Charles Ferguson’s award winning docuseries, Watergate.
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