Nixon and Watergate: Explaining the damage to the social media generation

Aug. 8, 1974, the 40th anniversary of Nixon’s departure, is a good time for reflection, because many Americans interested in political issues are too young to have experienced the shocking realization that their president lied to cover up wrongdoing. Yet they, like those among us who do remember, must contend with Watergate’s ugly and profound legacy of cynicism toward public office.

The lessons Nixon taught the generation of Americans who remember that day are especially important to convey to readers of the generation who get their news digitally and converse in social media hashtags.

These are the lesson he bequeathed to their children and grandchildren as well.

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