Famed Watergate Journalist, Carl Bernstein, Gives Advice on How to Go After Trump

March 25, 2017

Carl Bernstein is an American investigative journalist and author. While a young reporter at the Washington Post in 1972, Bernstein was teamed up with Bob Woodward; the two did much of the original news reporting on the Watergate scandal. These scandals led to numerous government investigations and the eventual resignation of President Richard Nixon.

The work of Woodward& Bernstein was called “maybe single greatest reporting effort of all time” by longtime journalism figure Gene Roberts. Woodward became know as the journalist who made contact with a source known only to him, know as “Deep Throat” while Bernstein was the first to suspect Nixon was involved in the Watergate scandal.

The scandal was about a break-in of the DNC office at Watergate building.

In sum, Bernstein, who left Washington Post, went on very much an independent investigative journalism career, is likely one of the best investigative journalist in recent times. Yesterday, Bernstein had an advice to his journalist friends & peers on Trump, & Bernstein said, basically, to stop Trump through exposing corruption i.e. conflict of interest, is for journalist to “Follow the Money.”

After Bernstein said that, on twitter, there a big discussion among my twitter friends & I want to report to you on this among my twitter friends, there was a great deal of skepticism if exposing Trump’s corruption will do any good.

This is because in the past so many “Scandals Hit Trump” not just about his horrific racist & misogamist personality, even blatant conflict of interest & blatant disregard of laws & regulations, i.e. Trump’s DC Hotel situation, donation to Florida’s Attorney General to drop charges & so many other that saw & lead to nothing, i.e. not to any courts, not to any Congress committee or much of any other units in the check & balance system.

& because most of Trump supporters, have been mostly brainwashed into seeing Trump, as somewhat a “Cult Leader” the power of the media in bringing about “Social Sanction Cost” on Trump, really is weak, & again coupled, by a formal legal & political super-structure that is not functioning much & so again, the media power, is greatly lessen as stries go no-where.

But while that was what my twitter friends talked about, as related to what Bernstein said on how to go after Trump, a few friends said “What Choice Do We Have Except Try.”

In that discussion, was a law student, who is close to taking the Bar Exam, & he said we must try to do as Bernstein advised, & so the discussion shifted to “How to Catch Trump.”

The law student suggested looking at Trump as a central platform of on-going business, for doing business, with past records, some current records & future prospects, not just in America & Globally, i.e., according to global rules & laws, & i.e. culture.

He said by doing this, Trump business can be understood, overall, making it easy to see i.e. conflict of interest & corruptions.

He also said, there is the Trump character & personality, & so here, he says, understanding “IOUs & Favors” plays into Trump, overall business, now & into the future, is critical, as Trump as President can wield a great deal of power, resulting in IOUs & Favors.

Some twitter friends, was very “Gung Ho” said after the discussion, they going to go after Trump & tweet more & dig more, like Bernstein suggested, & the law student advise how to.

Other still said however, basically, “This is Teflon Trump” said a women twitter friend, in that nothing sticks to him, as per reasons stated earlier, somehow, America’s check and balance system is so weak. She is just going to go on doing her normal Tweeter activism, on galvanizing grass-roots, to stick together & protest Trump more.

Washington Post keeps their investigative hard-hitting,  Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein journalism tradition going with the latest in reports of Trump’s national security adviser, Michael Flynn, that lead to Flynn resignation.

Some now speculate, even with Flynn resignation statement, if those White House such as Vice President Pence, said to be kept in the dark by Flynn are actually kept in the dark or are they lying.

Washington Post report US National Security Adviser Michael Flynn has resigned over allegations he discussed US sanctions with Russia before Donald Trump took office. Flynn is said to have misled officials about his call with Russia’s ambassador before his own appointment. It is illegal for private citizens to conduct US diplomacy. Washington also reported that Sally Yates, then-acting attorney general, told the White House last month that Flynn was vulnerable to blackmail by Russia. Trump fired Yates after she directed Justice Department lawyers not to defend the president’s executive order on immigration.

Rep. Adam Schiff of California, the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee — which is investigating the Trump campaign’s alleged contacts with Russia — said Flynn’s resignation was “all but ordained the day he misled the country about his secret talks with the Russian ambassador.””In fact, Flynn was always a poor choice for National Security Adviser, a role in which you need to be a consensus builder, and possess sobriety and steady judgment,” Schiff said in a statement. “It is certainly no role for someone who plays fast and loose with the truth.”

However, Republican Rep. Devin Nunes of California, the chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, thanked Flynn for his “many years of distinguished service.” “Michael Flynn served in the U.S. military for more than three decades. Washington, D.C. can be a rough town for honorable people, and Flynn — who has always been a soldier, not a politician — deserves America’s gratitude and respect for dedicating so much of his life to strengthening our national security,” Nunes said in a statement.

Retired Army Gen. Keith Kellogg, a top policy adviser for Trump’s campaign, was appointed acting national security adviser, the White House said.

Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein led the American press’ investigation into what became known as the Watergate scandal; reporting in the newspaper greatly contributed to the resignation of President Richard Nixon.

Early in the 2016 election cycle, Washington Post wrote many investigative report on Trump, setting up a special unit, composing of many journalist, to investigate Trump’s entire life, where the Washington Post exposed many controversial reports on Trump.

Trump subsequently want after Washington Post owner, Jaff Benzo. The following is wikipedia on Benzo:

Jeff Bezos (/ˈbeɪzoʊs/;[5] born Jeffrey Preston Jorgensen; January 12, 1964) is an American technology and retail entrepreneur and investor. He is the founder, chairman, and chief executive officer of Amazon.com, which has become the world’s largest online shopping retailer.[6] The company began as an Internet merchant of books and expanded to a wide variety of products and services, most recently video streaming and audio streaming. Amazon.com is currently the world’s largest Internet sales company on the World Wide Web.[7]

Bezos’ other diversified business interests include aerospace and newspapers. He is the founder and manufacturer of Blue Origin (founded in 2000) with test flights to space beginning in 2015, and plans for commercial suborbital human spaceflight beginning in 2018.[8] In 2013, Bezos purchased The Washington Post newspaper.[9] A number of other business investments are managed through Bezos Expeditions.

Bezos currently ranks as the 5th richest person in the world (excluding royalty and dictators), with an estimated net worth of US$71.8 billion as of January 2017,[2] just behind fellow Americans, investment mogul Warren Buffett in third,[10] and Bill Gates in first.[11][12]

The following is from the wikipedia about Washington Post (source)

The Washington Post is an American daily newspaper. It is the most widely circulated newspaper published in Washington, D.C., and was founded on December 6, 1877,[7] making it the area’s oldest extant newspaper.

Located in the capital city of the United States, the newspaper has a particular emphasis on national politics. Daily editions are printed for the District of ColumbiaMaryland, and Virginia. The newspaper is published as a broadsheet, with photographs printed both in color and in black and white.

The newspaper has won 47 Pulitzer Prizes. This includes six separate Pulitzers awarded in 2008, the second-highest number ever awarded to a single newspaper in one year, second only to The New York Times‘ seven awards in 2002.[8] Post journalists have also received 18 Nieman Fellowships and 368 White House News Photographers Association awards. In the early 1970s, in the best-known episode in newspaper’s history, reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein led the American press’ investigation into what became known as the Watergate scandal; reporting in the newspaper greatly contributed to the resignation of President Richard Nixon. In years since, its investigations have led to increased review of the Walter Reed Army Medical Center.[9]

In 2013, its longtime owners, the Graham family, sold the newspaper to Jeff Bezos for $250 million in cash.[1][2][10] The newspaper is owned by Nash Holdings LLC, a holding company Bezos created for the acquisition.[11]

The newspaper is one of a few U.S. newspapers with foreign bureaus, located in BeirutBerlinBeijingBogotaCairoHong KongIslamabadJerusalemKabulLondonMexico CityMoscowNairobiNew DelhiParis, and Tokyo.[15] In November 2009, it announced the closure of its U.S. regional bureaus—Chicago, Los Angeles and New York—as part of an increased focus on “…political stories and local news coverage in Washington”.[16] The newspaper has local bureaus in Maryland (AnnapolisMontgomery CountyPrince George’s CountySouthern Maryland) and Virginia (AlexandriaFairfaxLoudoun CountyRichmond, and Prince William County).[17]

As of May 2013, its average weekday circulation was 474,767, according to the Audit Bureau of Circulations, making it the seventh largest newspaper in the country by circulation, behind USA TodayThe Wall Street JournalThe New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Daily News, and the New York Post. While its circulation (like that of almost all newspapers) has been slipping, it has one of the highest market-penetration rates of any metropolitan news daily.[18]

After Bernstein said that, on twitter, there a big discussion among my twitter friends & I want to report to you on this among my twitter friends, there was a great deal of skepticism if exposing Trump’s corruption will do any good.

This is because in the past so many “Scandals Hit Trump” not just about his horrific racist & misogamist personality, even blatant conflict of interest & blatant disregard of laws & regulations, i.e. Trump’s DC Hotel situation, donation to Florida’s Attorney General to drop charges & so many other that saw & lead to nothing, i.e. not to any courts, not to any Congress committee or much of any other units in the check & balance system.

& because most of Trump supporters, have been mostly brainwashed into seeing Trump, as somewhat a “Cult Leader” the power of the media in bringing about “Social Sanction Cost” on Trump, really is weak, & again coupled, by a formal legal & political super-structure that is not functioning much & so again, the media power, is greatly lessen as stries go no-where.

But while that was what my twitter friends talked about, as related to what Bernstein said on how to go after Trump, a few friends said “What Choice Do We Have Except Try.”

In that discussion, was a law student, who is close to taking the Bar Exam, & he said we must try to do as Bernstein advised, & so the discussion shifted to “How to Catch Trump.”

The law student suggested looking at Trump as a central platform of on-going business, for doing business, with past records, some current records & future prospects, not just in America & Globally, i.e., according to global rules & laws, & i.e. culture.

He said by doing this, Trump business can be understood, overall, making it easy to see i.e. conflict of interest & corruptions.

He also said, there is the Trump character & personality, & so here, he says, understanding “IOUs & Favors” plays into Trump, overall business, now & into the future, is critical, as Trump as President can wield a great deal of power, resulting in IOUs & Favors.

Some twitter friends, was very “Gung Ho” said after the discussion, they going to go after Trump & tweet more & dig more, like Bernstein suggested, & the law student advise how to.

Other still said however, basically, “This is Teflon Trump” said a women twitter friend, in that nothing sticks to him, as per reasons stated earlier, somehow, America’s check and balance system is so weak. She is just going to go on doing her normal Tweeter activism, on galvanizing grass-roots, to stick together & protest Trump more.

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