Bob Woodward, renowned reporter and former associate editor for The Washington Post, had a few words of advice for the media this week, urging reporters to "calm it down" in covering the administration of President Donald Trump, The Hill reported Saturday.
"We need to calm it down and listen more," Woodward said in a video message to the media recorded by The Atlantic. "Be on the surface respectful, but never stop the inquiry."
Woodward also cautioned reporters against rushing to talk of impeachment by making comparisons of the current investigation into the Russian probe of the Trump administration and the Watergate scandal that forced the resignation of former President Richard Nixon.
"In Watergate, when Nixon fired the special prosecutor (Archibald Cox), there was a mountain of evidence against him," said Woodward. "We are not at the Watergate level yet by any means."
Woodward also criticized the "thermonuclear war" between the president and the media, maintaining it "serves no one." He addressed similar sentiments Wednesday at an Axios event in Washington.
"I think there's so many people treating the Trump presidency as if it's a try-out, as if it's provisional … odds are, he's probably going to be president for a full term, four years, maybe even more … there's hyperventilation, too many people writing things. When's the impeachment coming, how long's he gonna last, will he make it through the summer, and so forth," Woodward said.
"I worry, I worry for the business, for the perception of the business, not just Trump supporters, they see that smugness … I think you can ride both horses, intensive inquiry, investigation, not letting up … at the same time, realize that it's not our job to do an editorial on this," he added.
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