May 8, 1998
Geneva, NY — In the early 1970s, Carl Bernstein broke the Watergate story for The Washington Post and set the standard for modern investigative reporting. Bernstein will visit the campus of Hobart and William Smith Colleges on Monday, May 25, to discuss “The Use and Abuse of Media Power.” The public is invited to this address, which will take place at 7 p.m. in the Albright Auditorium.
His presentation will chart the evolution of the media in post-Watergate America, including the emergence of tabloid television and the increasing use of sensationalism at the expense of substantive news coverage.
Bernstein's investigations into the scandal that brought down the Nixon administration were recounted in two best-selling books — All The President's Men and The Final Days, both co-authored with Bob Woodward. After leaving The Washington Post in 1977, Bernstein served as Washington bureau chief and eventually as senior correspondent for ABC-TV. He later moved to Time magazine where, in 1992, he wrote a cover story revealing a secret alliance between Ronald Reagan and Pope John Paul II that had kept alive Poland's Solidarity movement and hastened the fall of communism in Europe. His further research into the matter led to the writing of His Holiness: John Paul II and the Hidden History of Our Time, co-authored with prominent Vatican journalist Marco Politi, published in 1996.
Bernstein's articles have appeared in The New Republic, Rolling Stone, The New York Times, Newsweek, and der Speigel. He is currently a contributing editor for Vanity Fair magazine.
The HWS Lecture Board is sponsoring this event.
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