Robert Redford played Bob Woodward in "All the President's Men" back in 1976.
That, apparently, makes him an expert on American politics.
Redford writes in a Washington Post piece published Sunday that he became "fascinated" with the story of Woodward and Bernstein (Carl). "It occurred to me it might make a good film – two hard-working journalists struggling to get to the truth. My first idea was simply to make a movie about two reporters, the importance of journalism and freedom of the press. It was only later that the depth of the Watergate scandal was discovered."
Well, good thinking, RR, 'cuz Woodstein would write the book and you'd star in the movie!
But Bobby says everything is worse today than it was in the days of Watergate.
"When President Trump speaks of being in a 'running war' with the media, calls them 'among the most dishonest human beings on Earth' and tweets that they’re the 'enemy of the American people,' his language takes the Nixon administration’s false accusations of 'shoddy' and 'shabby' journalism to new and dangerous heights," he writes.
There was a time during a period of national crisis when politicians from both sides of the aisle put partisan politics aside to uncover the truth. There was a time when Democrats and Republicans united to navigate a peaceful ending to a corrupt and criminal presidency. There was a time when members of Congress placed defending our democracy above party interests for the greater good. There was a time.
Now is a different time. If we have another Watergate, will we navigate it as well? In a statement in May 1973, John Dean addressed what he described as efforts to discredit his testimony by discrediting him personally. He famously said: “The truth always emerges.”
I’m concerned about its chances these days.
Someone needs to get in touch with Dustin Hoffman, who played Bernstein in "All the President's Men," to find out what he thinks.