Did the press uncover Watergate?

I wrote about Edward Jay Epstein to introduce the video interview with him regarding Edward Snowden here yesterday. I have been one of Ed’s fans for a long time. I vividly remember reading his classic Commentary essay “Did the press uncover Watergate?” when it was published in 1974. Commentary has posted it online here, Ed on his own site here.

We didn’t know for certain in 1974, when Ed published his essay, but his observations proved themselves to be true in the fullness of time some 30 years later and remain of interest now. If you haven’t read Ed’s Watergate essay before, you may want to check it out.