At first, the Washington Post political journalists considered Watergate a minor issue, nothing serious. However, two journalists continued their work and followed the topic closely contributing to Nixon’s fall. Today, Bob Woodward, one of those journalists, is an example of integration into Washington’s system and a professional behaviour far away from his beginnings. This was confirmed last month.
On October 27, during an interview with CNN, he defended Lewis “Scooter” Libby who has been accused of being involved in the leak of Valerie Plame’s identity. He was also questioned about this and admitted he knew who Valerie Plame was after having an argument with White House officials but he decided not to say or reveal anything. In fact, due to his closeness to power, Bob Woodward is very vulnerable to manipulation.
In 2002, his work Bush at War was based on selective leaks and George W. Bush was given an beneficial role. He did not talk about the Tora-Bora fiasco or the failed Bin Laden hunt. In Plans of Attack, he does not make good use of the information he had about the modifications and manipulations of the American secret services reports. In short, Woodward knows what the leaders’ secrets are but he only makes public what they want people to know.

The Guardian (United Kingdom)

No more Watergates”, by Sidney Blumenthal, The Guardian, December 1st, 2005.