AT THEWashington Post (from left), publisher Katharine Graham, reporters Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward, managing editor Howard Simons, and executive editor Benjamin C Bradlee, discuss developments in the Watergate story in Bradlee’s office in Washington, DC, in April 1973. Woodward and Bernstein’s exclusive investigation into the Nixon government’s crimes was a high point of American journalism, leading to the conviction of dozens of officials and, eventually, the president’s resignation. In August this year, after 80 years under the stewardship of the Meyer-Graham family, the paper was sold to Amazon founder Jeff Bezos for $250 million. Some commentators fear that this could lead to the paper’s editorial independence being compromised in the future, while others see the move as a hopeful sign for the survival of print media in the USA.
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