The BBC have just shown All the Presidents Men, its a film I haven’t seen in years, and I’d forgotten how good, and compelling a film it is.
It has has also got me thinking about a couple of things. Firstly, how few good political thrillers have been made. I can’t actually think fof any others (other than Oliver Stone’s JFK, which I’m tempted to discount on the basis of accuracy) at the moment – although that may have something to do with the fact that its almost three am.
Secondly, and more importantly, I’m left wondering if the sort of determined investigative journalism that uncovered the Watergate scandal and eventually toppled Nixon, still exists today. Are today’s journalists able (willing?) to properly hold our leaders to account? And if they are, do people actually care about what comes to light?
From a British perspective at least, the recent lack of reporting regarding the new Anti-Terrorism Bill; and, less recently, the debacle of the quality of journalism relating to the David Kelly\Weapons of Mass Destruction affair; followed by the lack of a truely widespread public outcry at the subsquent white-wash of a public enquiry, make me think that both the quality of journalism and level of public interest in what our politicians are doing is sadly, worringly, lacking.