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ERIC Number: ED205948
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Dec
Pages: 11
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Conflict in the Colonies: The London Times Coverage of Watergate from the Break-in to the Pardon.
Stovall, James Glen
Gazette: International Journal for Mass Communication Studies, v25 n4 p209-18 Dec 1979
From the breakin through the pardon of President Nixon, the London "Times" maintained thorough coverage of the Watergate scandal--a difficult task, considering the complexities of the American judicial and political systems. A special Watergate section was added to the other sections of the "Times," and even the British parliamentary election campaign failed to move Watergate from the front page. Editorially, the "Times" was at first sympathetic to President Nixon, and as the investigation was undertaken by all three branches of government, the "Times" accused the Washington "Post" of creating a "trial by press" situation by its persistent involvement. However, the "Times" later ran an editorial pointing out that the American judicial system was different from that of the British, and when Nixon refused to give up the crucial tape recordings, the "Times" could no longer support him. The working reporters for the "Times" were anti-Nixon from the beginning of the story, exhibiting a bias that showed plainly in their news columns. The major difference between the American and the British press was that the latter was unencumbered by "objectivity." The major strength of "Times" coverage of Watergate was a thorough understanding of the intricacies of the American political process and a "special relationship" between many British and American journalists. (HTH)
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers: Great Britain; Nixon (Richard M); Times (London); Watergate