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Carl Bernstein
Carl Bernstein (left) and Bob Woodward won a Pulitzer prize for their reporting of the Watergate affair

Stephen Sackur talks to one of America's most celebrated reporters, Carl Bernstein. Is investigative political journalism a thing of the past?

The Watergate scandal is the most celebrated example of the media's capacity to expose corruption at the heart of Government.

But if a similar scandal were brewing in the US today how would the media respond?

Carl Bernstein is one of the journalists responsible for one of the greatest scoops of all time.

He argues that the journalistic spirit of the Watergate era is all but dead.

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