Five myths about the Water­gate scan­dal and its af­ter­math.

The Washington Post Sunday - - OUTLOOK - By Rick Perlstein

With all the talk of se­cret tapes and spe­cial prose­cu­tors, all the spec­u­la­tion about coverups and abuses of power, com­par­isons be­tween the scan­dals plagu­ing the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion and the scan­dal that ul­ti­mately brought down Richard Nixon abound. Yet more than 40 years on, myths and mis­con­cep­tions about the Water­gate break­in and its mas­sive po­lit­i­cal ram­i­fi­ca­tions re­main. Here are five of the most per­sis­tent.


Richard Nixon won re­elec­tion by a land­slide in 1972. But when the Water­gate break-in was planned, the polls were rel­a­tively close.

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