Column: Lessons in wake of resignation still have impact

Forty years ago I sat alone in the White House briefing room, wiped out mentally and physically by the nearly unrelenting pressure of two years of covering the scandal that has come to symbolize the worst and the best in America’s history.

The worst because of its enormous assault on our democracy, and the best because our institutions, including the press, stood up to the assault.

Richard Nixon had just resigned, and I now was vowing silently never to write another word about the event that had become universally known as just “Watergate,” although it covered far more than the break-in at the Democratic National Headquarters in the office building of that name.

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