Watergate 2 - Wyke Blogs

May 1973
 The scandal began in 1972, when Richard Nixon’s administration
organised the burglary and wiretapping of the Democratic
National Committee’s headquarters at the Watergate Office
Initially, Nixon attempted to cover up any involvement via his
control of FBI officials (Such as John Dean) and by having the
CIA block the FBI’s investigation.
It was found that Nixon possessed tapes that implicated himself
in the scandal, the Supreme Court ruled that he hand them over
to Government investigators- which he did.
Facing certain impeachment, in 1974 Nixon became the only
President to ever resign from office.
His predecessor, Gerald Ford controversially issued a full pardon
of Nixon, exonerating him from any potential criminal
 The article is made up of exerts from a diary kept by
the writer, Elizabeth Drew, who was a Washington
correspondent during the month of May, 1973. Each
paragraph starting with the date it’s content was
observed and written. ‘May 2- One of the…’
 The piece is written in an ‘in your face’ confrontational
manner, saying everything exactly how it is, without
wrapping it up in metaphorical or descriptive bows.
 The piece is objective, she never uses personal
pronouns such as ‘I’ ‘We’ ‘You’ etc. She merely talks of
those involved in the covert affairs she depicts, without
expressing any personal feelings towards the matters.
 Using information from the piece, write a post-scandal
report on whether the FBI remains a legitimate
institution and decide upon whether it should be
closed down, or remain as an authority.
 You should get any information you use from ‘May5-’
through to the end of the article.

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