Dylan Byers, Jack Shafer explain reporting behind new Watergate claims

An excerpt from Jeff Himmelman’s forthcoming biography of former Washington Post Editor Ben Bradlee stirred controversy earlier this week, prompting new questions about the Post’s Watergate coverage.

The biography reveals that Bradlee feared Bob Woodward had embellished certain details about his reporting for dramatic effect. In an interview with Politico’s Dylan Byers on Monday, Woodward disputes Bradlee’s comments.

In a live chat, we talked with Byers and Reuters’ Jack Shafer, who closely followed the news. They offered a behind-the-scenes look at their reporting and talked about the reaction to the new claims. They also talked about the impulse to protect the legacy of the Watergate story, and addressed arguments from people who say the buzz surrounding these new claims is much ado about nothing.

You can replay the chat here:

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