Daytime TV: History Repeats. Observations by Mary E. Latela, February 18, 2017
In this period of 24/7 news coverage, we may have forgotten that we used to have 15 to 30 minutes of “nightly news.” Exceptions were rare, such as the coronation of Elizabeth, queen on England in 1952, or the landing on the moon in 1969.
The Watergate scandal and the TV coverage in the summer of 1973 satiated my desire to know what happened in D.C. that weekend in June of 1972. I watched the transmission first hand, and specifically, one moment which seemed to halt history. Watergate has entered the political lexicon as a term synonymous with corruption and scandal, but that was not the only event like this.
As a footnote, some of the perpetrators attempted to blame the crimes on Cubans (scapegoating/immigrants,etc.)
I am not trying to make light of political activity. I am disappointed at the contemporary tendency toward ugliness, narrowness, unwillingness to “play the tapes,” to learn the truth and try to work at making life better for every person. I am not comparing today’s political storms with Watergate except to notice that there are similarities when democracy is invaded by egotism, and other evil tendencies.
btw, “The Hill” reports that Carl Bernstein, who with Bob Woodward, scrutinized the Watergate activities, tweeted today: the “true enemy of the people is presidential lying…”