It’s been 37 years since the Watergate scandal was captured in the movie “All the President’s Men.” The anniversary was marked Thursday at the Newseum with a screening of “All The President’s Men: Revisited,” a documentary about the movie. The White House Correspondents’ Association and Discovery hosted the event.
Prior to the screening, actor Robert Redford, documentary producers Andrew Lack and Laura Michalchyshyn and famed Watergate journalists Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein walked a red carpet.
Woodward was at the center of a minor media scandal earlier this year when he suggested that he had been threatened by a White House official. Once a thorn in the side of Republicans, Woodward’s claim won him fans on the right and several appearances on FNC’s “Hannity.”
Asked what he makes of Woodward’s tendency to stir trouble on both the left and the right, Redford told FBDC, “it means he’s doing a good job.”
“We don’t live in a world where everybody’s one way or the other,” he added. “There’s a lot of gray there. I think if somebody’s doing their job, they’re going to provoke people who don’t want to see the job well done.”
In remarks before the film, WHCA President and FNC Chief White House Correspondent Ed Henry said this year’s WHCA dinner is trying to focus on the scholarship that WHCA offers aspiring journalists rather than the celebrities who will be attending. He said Redford agreed to attend the screening in that same spirit.
Fun fact: The documentary contains a scene wherein TV commentator Ben Stein starts crying at the memory of President Richard Nixon‘s final speech as president.
Following the film was a panel discussion with Redford, Bernstein, Woodward, Henry and Newsweek‘s Eleanor Clift.
When asked about the state of journalism today Redford said…“I think it’s extremely important. I have an almost personal love for it.” He deferred to Bernstein and Woodward on actual journalism.
“[Redford] made a film about the process as it really is,” Bernstein said. “It happens at night and there’s nothing glamorous about it.” He said tweeting “won’t replace knocking on doors.”
Notables: NBC’s Andrew Mitchell; conservative radio host Jason Mattera; publicist and Hollywood on the Potomac‘s Janet Donovan; Mother Jones‘ David Corn, whose hair appeared to have been rubbed by a freshly inflated balloon; TIME‘s Zeke Miller; Politico‘s Byron Tau; former WaPo Executive Editor Ben Bradlee; The Hill‘s Judy Kurtz; and ESPN’s Tony Kornheiser.
Redford with Woodward and Bernstein
Mother Jones and MSNBC’s David Corn