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Published — May 3, 2012

Weekly Watchdog 5/3/12

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Introduction

Investigating Power

Great investigative reporting is woven into the historical fabric of America. Check out a very cool new website that tells this history and profiles the reporters who made it happen: InvestigatingPower.org.

Investigating Power is a tribute to independent journalism and a testament to the vital role of truth in a healthy democracy. It offers an extensive high-resolution video library of interviews with 23 men and women who have produced fearless journalism that exposes abuses of power throughout society.

The group includes Mike Wallace, Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, Dana Priest, Moses Newson, Christiane Amanpour and Daniel Schorr. Each gives observations on their careers and the ongoing importance of truth telling.

This website was created over five years by Charles Lewis, founder of the Center for Public Integrity, who now runs the Investigative Reporting Workshop at American University.

Until next week,

Bill Buzenberg
Executive Director

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