Students have read about Richard Nixon's involvement in the Watergate affair.
In this activity students will access information from a Web site created by
the Washington Post, the newspaper that uncovered the president's illegal
Students will use information from the Watergate 25 Web site to review details
and key players in the Watergate scandal. Students will search a collection
of Washington Post Watergate stories and read short biographies of the
key players in the scandal. Students will then answer four questions and apply
this information by writing a newspaper article about the role of the media
in exposing the illegal activities of Nixon and his aides.
- Students will explain key details of the Watergate affair and evaluate how
the free press functioned to expose the illegal activities of the Nixon administration.
- Students will be able to use this knowledge to write a newspaper article
about the role of the media in exposing the illegal activities of the Nixon
Student Web Activity Answers
- White House officials were convicted of contempt of court, perjury, obstruction
of justice, conspiracy, and burglary. Many of the illegal activities were
associated with Nixon's reelection efforts. In one case, an official was convicted
of distributing illegal campaign literature. In another, officials created
a secret campaign fund that ended up financing the Watergate burglary. One
official tried to influence the Securities and Exchange Commission to favor
a campaign donation. In several other instances, the White House tried to
influence government agencies. Other illegal activities included payment of
"hush" money, withholding evidence, and making false statements
in regard to the Watergate investigation.
- Nixon refused to turn over the tapes, citing executive privilege.
- Those who were convicted include Charles Colson, John Dean, John Ehrlichman,
H.R. "Bob" Haldeman, E. Howard Hunt, G. Gordon Liddy, and John Mitchell.
- The grounds for impeachment were obstruction of justice in the investigation
of the Watergate break-in and other unlawful activities, abuse of presidential
powers, and the attempt to impede the impeachment process by refusing to turn
over the tapes.
- Students' newspaper articles will vary.
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