Woodward mesmerizes audience at GPAC
By Kayloni Wyatt
Asst. Around Campus Editor
|Photo by Michael Graham
Renowned journalist Bob Woodward spoke to a crowd of more than 400 people at the Given Performing Arts Center. Audience members were also given opportunities to ask Woodward questions.
Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and author Bob Woodward spoke to an audience of 450 in GPAC Nov. 13
Woodward is most known for his role in the Watergate scandal in the 1970s. With the help of Carl Bernstein, their reporting led to President Nixon’s resigning.
He is now the editor of investigations at the Washington Post.
The main focus of his speech was about the secrecy in the government.
“How much do we know, do we really know what’s going on in our government?” he asked.
After the invasion in Iraq, the Washington Post gave him one year to find out why the U.S. went to war.
“I worked from the bottom up,” he said.
When he interviewed President Bush, Woodward asked 500 questions.
“He [Bush] gave short answers,” he said.
Woodward described to the audience how he got a hold of classified documents that discussed the war in Iraq.
The documents called it “a failed state.” They also stated the violence increased from 800 to 900 terrorist attacks on U.S. troops a week.
In Woodward’s most recent book about the Bush administration, “State of Denial,” he said President Bush often contradicted documentation that revealed how badly the war was proceeding.
Steven Hadley, the national security adviser, was asked what grade he would give America in Iraq, according to Woodward.
“His answer was a D-. That’s a low grade,” Woodward said.
He also took questions from the audience.
He told future journalists to remember “the three pillars of journalism: human beings, documentation and on-the-scene personal observation.”
Speed and impatience are two driving forces in news today, Woodward said.
Journalists need to be patient and check their facts, he said.