Will citizen journalists be the next Woodward and Bernstein?


Martha Gore, Examiner


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Journalists Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein are famous for their reporting   that exposed the corruption in the office of former President Richard Nixon.  It began with the report in the Washington Post about the break-in at the Democratic National Committee and ended up being one of the biggest political stories in twentieth-century American politics.

Today, the likes of Woodward and Bernstein are being replaced by citizen journalists who have no professional training but know how to use the tools of modern technology.  They  use the Internet for research, fact checking or verifying and are becoming the bane of 21st century politicians.  Information is spread across the Internet in seconds, going from blog to blog, without being censored by an editor who may not agree with their point of view.

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