Leonard Downie’s essay, “40 Years after Watergate” (TNT, 6-10) was spot on in calling for the need for more investigative journalism. Without reputable sources given the proper resources to investigate our government’s role and conduct, especially its cozy relationship with corporations and the military industrial complex, our American democracy is at stake.
There is a role for the press in our democratic process to watchdog those in power and call out abuses like Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein did during the Watergate investigation. If enterprising journalists and news sources pursued today’s events with the same vigor, perhaps we would have resolution in the abuses of power that led to our invasion of Iraq, the Wall Street bailouts, and the incestuous relationship between Congress and its corporate overlords, among others.
If we value our democracy, America will find a way to keep a viable press investigating those who wish to lead, and those who enable our leaders.