Power Players

Robert Redford: We need more Woodwards & Bernsteins

Power Players

Top Line

It’s been more than 40 years since Watergate, but the old story—and its characters—made news once again with the Washington premiere of Robert Redford’s new documentary about the scandal. And Top Line snagged red carpet interviews with the big stars of the night: Robert Redford, Bob Woodward, and Carl Bernstein.

Redford’s new documentary All the President’s Men Revisited takes a historical look at the scandal—and the investigative reporting by Woodward and Bernstein—that ultimately led to President Richard Nixon’s resignation.

Redford, who says “we need a lot of people like Woodward and Bernstein” today, hopes the documentary is a good resource for young aspiring reporters who come to journalism in the age of the Internet.

“The Internet changed everything,” says Redford. “There's so many voices claiming the truth, it's harder and harder to get to it.”

While Redford says it’s up to the audience to decide whether modern technology has altered journalism for the better or worse, Woodward and Bernstein agree that the fast pace set by technology sometimes sacrifices thoroughness and accuracy.

When asked how the Watergate story might have been covered differently in the modern day, Woodward replies: “It might be on Twitter, but you can't get what Watergate was about in 140 characters. 40 years ago, we could work two weeks on a story before it had to be published; now it looks like if you have an advance on the story can we get it on the website in 10 minutes.”

They also agree that thorough investigative reporting is still achievable.

“I think there would be some great reporting and emphasis on same techniques that we used, visiting people at night, and then I think there'd also be an awful lot of people who rush out, come to a conclusion without much information,” says Bernstein.

To hear more about the documentary, which will air on the Discovery Channel on May 4th at 10 AM/EST, and to hear how Woodward says he disappointed many dates in the 70’s by not being Robert Redford, check out this episode of Top Line.

ABC's Eric Wray, Alexandra Dukakis, John Bullard, and Mark Rabin contributed to this episode.

View Comments (530)

Recommended for You

  • Actor Ben Powers, known for 'Good Times' TV role, dies at 64

    NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) — Actor Alton "Ben" Powers, known for his role in the 1970s CBS television series "Good Times," has died at age 64.

    Associated Press
  • Denny Hamlin pulls out of Bristol race with neck injury

    BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) — Denny Hamlin pulled out of Sunday's race at Bristol Motor Speedway because of a neck strain that worsened during a rain delay of nearly four hours.

    Associated Press33 mins ago
  • Husband sets wife on fire in Pakistan 'honour killing'

    A Pakistani man and his father have been arrested in the country's latest so-called "honour killing" after they set the son's wife alight for leaving the house without asking his permission, police said Sunday. Muhammad Siddique became enraged on learning that his wife, Shabana Bibi, 25, had…

    AFP
  • Officer under Saddam Hussein drew up Islamic State master plan

    An ex-intelligence officer under the late Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein was "the strategic head" behind the Islamic State group and drew up the blueprints for the jihadists' capture of northern Syria, German weekly Der Spiegel reported Sunday. Former colonel Samir Abd Muhammad al-Khlifawi, who was…

    AFP
  • Poland summons U.S. ambassador over FBI head's Holocaust remarks

    Poland has summoned the United States' ambassador in Warsaw over an article written by a top U.S. intelligence official on Poland's alleged responsibility for the Holocaust during World War Two, a foreign ministry spokesman said on Sunday. The article by FBI director James Comey, published in the…

    Reuters
  • Mark Hamill said he was 'suspicious' of J.J. Abrams

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Mark Hamill knew he had to say yes when George Lucas told him about the plans to move forward with a new "Star Wars" trilogy.

    Associated Press
  • Ethiopia condemns purported executions in Libya of Christians

    Ethiopia condemned Sunday the reported killing of Ethiopian Christians captured in Libya, and vowed to continue its fight against Islamist extremists. "We strongly condemn such atrocities, whether they are Ethiopians are not," Ethiopian Minster of Communications Redwan Hussein told AFP. Ethiopia's…

    AFP
  • Denver police issue dozens of citations at pot events

    DENVER (AP) — Denver police said there were no major problems as marijuana celebrations continued for a second day on Sunday, but police tweeted a reminder that while recreational use of marijuana is legal in Colorado, people still can't use it in public.

    Associated Press
  • Toddler shot in drive-by near Seattle dies

    A one-year-old girl who was shot in the head during a drive-by shooting near Seattle on Thursday died late Saturday from her wounds, hospital officials said. The girl was brain dead and life support care had been removed, a spokeswoman for Harborview Medical Center said. Police in Kent, Washington,…

    Reuters
  • Ohio woman's search for birth mother leads to co-worker

    YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — A 38-year-old woman's quest to find her birth mother ended in a surprising place — the company where she works.

    Associated Press
  • View

    Photos of the day - April 19, 2015 (20 photos)

    A man rides a horse at a playground on a hill in Kabul, joggers run through colored powder thrown during the Manila Color Challenge, a man walks past graffiti in Athens and a man watches a carriage exhibition in Seville are some of the photos of the day. (Reuters/Getty) Find more news related…

    Yahoo News
  • Mexico says captures Juarez Cartel leader

    Mexican authorities said on Sunday they had captured a leader of the Juarez Cartel wanted by the United States government who took the helm after the organization's long-time chief was nabbed last year. The leader, Jesus Aguayo, was detained on Friday by Federal troops in Villa Ahumada in the…

    Reuters
  • Email: Affleck asked PBS to not reveal slave-owning ancestor

    BOSTON (AP) — Ben Affleck requested that the PBS documentary series "Finding Your Roots" not reveal he had a slave-owning ancestor, according to emails published online by whistleblower site WikiLeaks, and the information never appeared on the program.

    Associated Press
  • Weedkiller likely cause of Nigeria 'mystery disease': WHO

    Pesticide poisoning was the likely cause of the mysterious deaths of at least 18 people in a southwestern Nigerian town earlier this week, the World Health Organization said Sunday. The "current hypothesis is cause of the event is herbicides", WHO spokesman Gregory Hartl said in a tweet. "Tests…

    AFP
  • One man's last wish, 'Don't vote for Hillary Clinton.' Will it matter?

    Larry Darrell Upright died this week. "In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Shriners Hospital for Children .... Also, the family respectfully asks that you do not vote for Hillary Clinton in 2016. We promise not to vote for Hillary," one mourner wrote. A CNN poll released Monday shows that…

    Christian Science Monitor
  • Haircuts and Harry Potter: Project Sparks Black Boys' Love of Reading

    Like many boys, Alvin Irby didn’t enjoy reading as a kid. Starting in the third grade, Irby’s mom, a teacher in his hometown of Little Rock, Arkansas, enrolled him in summer school each year to keep him busy and help improve his reading skills—and Irby wasn’t a fan of his mother’s tactics.

    Takepart.com
  • Death of Baltimore man a week after arrest raises questions

    (Reuters) - A black man died in a Baltimore hospital on Sunday, a week after he was arrested and dragged into a police van by white patrol officers, authorities said on Sunday, raising questions about how he sustained his injuries and prompting an investigation. Freddie Gray, 27, died at the Shock…

    Reuters