Pictured from left to right are professors Philip Eliasoph, David Downie, and Karla Barguiarena with Carl Bernstein.

Pulitzer prize-winning journalist and author Carl Bernstein spoke at Fairfield University’s Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts, Tuesday night. Bernstein, who together with Bob Woodward broke the Watergate scandal at the Washington Post in the 1970s, took part in a faculty-led panel that discussed his journalistic legacy and the state of democracy today. The event sold out, and its audience members represented various age groups.

Bernstein began with opening remarks about the state of journalism and politics in the United States today, citing a political culture that he declared to be “undermining democracy through the audacious pursuit of personal and political self-interest.”

A large portion of Bernstein’s opening remarks drew several comparisons between the Watergate scandal and the riot at the Capitol on January 6, 2021. He spoke of the almost unbelievable sight of yet another congressional hearing into presidential wrongdoing.

“We [Bob Woodward and I] sat there 50 years after the break, even almost to the day, and we were there together for the January 6th hearings of another criminal president.”

Bernstein continued with an outline of his origins in journalism, which began with his start as a copy boy at the Washington Star at the age of 16. Although he did not graduate from college, he spoke fondly about his “education and upbringing in the newsroom by a wonderful group of people.”

He spoke about how fortunate he felt to have found what he loved at such a young age, which he still loves after 62 years in the news business.

The full video of Bernstein’s remarks and the subsequent panel will soon be available on The Quick Live website.


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