Carl Bernstein Biography | Who is Carl Bernstein
Carl Bernstein is an American investigative journalist and author. In 1972 while working for The Washington Post, Bernstein was teamed up with Bob Woodward to do original news reporting on the Watergate scandal.
It is these scandals that led to the eventual resignation of President Richard Nixon after numerous government investigations. Longtime journalism figure Gene Roberts described the work of Woodward and Bernstein as, “maybe the single greatest reporting effort of all time.”
Ever since the Watergate scandal, Bernstein has continued to focus on the theme of the use and abuse of power via books and magazine articles. He is also a political commentator on CNN.
Carl Bernstein Age | How Old Is Carl Bernstein
Carl was born on February 14th, 1944 in Washington, D.C, USA. He is 74 years old as of 2018.
Carl Bernstein Family
Bernstein is the son of Sylvia (Walker) and Alfred Bernstein. He was born in Washington D.C to a Jewish family. He went to Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring, Maryland, where he worked as circulation and exchange manager for the school’s newspaper Silver Chips.
Carl Bernstein Wife
Carl has been married 3 times. First, he was married to a fellow reporter at The Washington Post, Carol Honsa in 1968 but they separated in 1972. In 1976, he got married to Nora Nephron, a writer and director.
During his marriage to Ephron Bernstein met Margaret Jay, daughter of British Prime Minister James Callaghan, and the two had an extramarital affair in 1979. By then Bernstein and Ephron had an infant son, Jacob and Ephron were pregnant with their second son, Max.
On learning of her husband’s affair with Jay, Ephron delivered Max prematurely. They divorced in 1980. These events inspired Ephron to write the 1983 novel Heartburn, which was made into a 1986 film with Jack Nicholson and Meryl Streep starring. In 2003, Bernstein married Christine Kuehbeck and the couple now lives in New York. He has two children from his previous marriage with Ephron; Jacob and Max.
Carl Bernstein Early Career
He started his journalism career at the age of 16 when he became a copy boy for The Washington Star. However, The Star required a college degree to write for the paper. Since he had dropped out from the University of Maryland where he was a reporter for the school’s independent daily, The Diamondback and did not intend to finish, Bernstein left to become a full-time reporter for the Elizabeth Daily Journal in New Jersey in 1965.
While at the Elizabeth Daily Journal he won first prize in New Jersey’s press association for investigative reporting, feature writing, and news on a deadline. Bernstein left New Jersey in 1966 and began reporting for The Washington Post, where he covered every aspect of local news and became known as one of the paper’s best writing stylists.
Carl Bernstein Watergate | Bob Woodward
On a Saturday in June 1972, Bernstein was paired with Bob Woodward, to cover a break-in at the Watergate office complex that had occurred earlier the same morning. Five robbers had been caught red-handed in the complex. This was where the Democratic National Committee had its headquarters.
One of the burglars turned out to be an ex-CIA agent who did security work for the Republicans. In the series of stories that followed, Bernstein and Woodward were able to eventually connect the burglars to a massive slush fund and a corrupt attorney general.
Bernstein was the first to suspect that President Nixon was involved. He later found a laundered check that linked Nixon to the burglary. Bernstein and Woodward’s discoveries led to further investigations of President Nixon and on August 9, 1974, amid hearings by the House Judiciary Committee, Nixon resigned in order to avoid facing impeachment.
Two years after the Watergate burglary and two months before Nixon resigned in 1974, Bernstein and Woodward released the book All the President’s Men. The book drew upon the notes and research accumulated while writing articles about the scandal for the Post.
It remained on best-seller lists for six months. In 1975 it was turned into a movie with Dustin Hoffman as Bernstein and Robert Redford as Woodward. It was later went nominated in multiple Oscar including Best Picture nomination, Golden Globe and BAFTA categories.
A second book, The Final Days, was published by Bernstein and Woodward in 1976 as a follow-up of Nixon’s last days in office.
Carl Bernstein On Trump | Trump News
In August this year, the legendary investigative journalist Bernstein rebuked President Donald Trump for his behavior amid the ongoing Russia probe in which federal prosecutors, were examining Trump ties to Russian operatives who interfered with the 2016 US election. In an interview, Bernstein said, “the Trump presidency is worse than Watergate.” This is because of open attempts by the president and his allies to damage some of the long-standing pillars of the US government. “The system worked in Watergate,” Carl Bernstein said, adding that Trump’s loyalists in Congress “have done almost anything they can to impede and undermine the legitimate investigation.”
After making these statements, President Trump fired back calling Bernstein a “sloppy” and “degenerate fool” who made up stories.
Carl Bernstein Net Worth
He has a net worth of $5 Million.
Carl Bernstein Height
Carl’s height is unknown.
Carl Bernstein Books
Bernstein has written 6 books. These are;
- All The President’s Men
- The Final Days
- The Secret Man
- His Holiness: John Paul II
- History of Our Time
- A Woman in Charge: The Life of Hillary Rodham Clinton and Loyalties
Carl Bernstein Trump News
Following the recent occurrences of Trump’s lawyer pleading guilty of lying, so much more has unfolded. Special counsel. Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation is closing in and according to Carl, Trump may finally face the music. He went on to add that Trump has always been able to buy his way out but this time, he is boxed in by Mueller, and the people around him know that he is.
Robert Mueller and federal prosecutors in New York released documents that implicate Trump in at least one crime. They believe that he directed his former lawyer Michael Cohen to break campaign finance laws by paying off two women he’d had affairs with; porn star Stormy Daniels and Playboy model Karen McDougal, in an effort to protect his presidential bid.
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Carl Bernstein Interview
Berstein was interviewed by Alain Elkann and here is what he had to say.
Carl, why is it your motto that a reporter has to give the best obtainable version of the truth?
That’s what reporting is. Good reporting is the best obtainable version of the truth. This is the mission of the reporter.
Do you think that the journalists of today are living up to it?
You can’t make mass generalizations about journalism. In America today there is a tremendous amount of great journalism and there are also awful things being done in the name of journalism. There are far fewer great mainstream reporting organizations than 40 years ago.
Is their reporting good?
The reporting of the Washington Post, New York Times, and Wall Street Journal, three great reportorial journalistic institutions, is very good, and in covering the Trump presidency they have been fabulous. It is a renaissance of great investigative reporting, with story after story. Television news is a different beast, but there has been a lot of excellent coverage of the Trump presidency on TV, especially cable TV, both at CNN and MSNBC.
Today in the U.S. do you have a President that is against the press as never before?
It is more complicated than that. He disdains and hates a press that is truthful when it comes to reporting on him, but Donald Trump adores the press in a perverse way. He has manipulated the press since he was a young adult and he wouldn’t be anything without his use of the New York tabloids – the Daily News and the New York Post – in the 80s and 90s.
He understands the press and created the mythology of himself and promoted all his self-inflation and infatuation in their pages. Trump wouldn’t be president of the United States were it not for the press. The amount of free air time that he was clever enough to obtain and be given on the cable news networks by saying so many outrageous things during the primaries was a really grievous abdication of editorial responsibility. An essential element of the best obtainable version of the truth involves journalists deciding what is news.
Would you say theirs is a love and hate relationship?
It’s about reporting on him factually and truthfully and contextually. What comes through is a picture of an authoritarian; ignorant, dangerous, sometimes unhinged, sometimes smart as a fox, sometimes crazy like a fox. I am struck by how many Republicans on the Hill and those in the top ranks of the military and intelligence realms tell you they think that he’s unstable and unfit for the presidency.
Do you agree that he’s very dangerous?
It’s dangerous to have a President of the United States who is as demonstrably uninformed and uninterested in the truth as this President is. He doesn’t know our history. He is surprisingly uninformed about much of what goes on in America, and even more so about the rest of the world.
And yet he still seems to hate the press?
His hatred is of those who get in his way. He dealt the same way in business with those who questioned his actions or said he was a con-man. You cannot accurately accuse the press or the media of hating Donald Trump. They’re really trying to report on a chaotic, three-dimensional presidency and president, with context. He is trying to cover up, undermine and impede a legitimate investigation into what his ties and those of others in the campaign and his business operations have been to Russia.
The great ‘mainstream’ news organizations – and some of those that are not traditional ‘mainstream’ – are doing a remarkably good job. This is especially true when you consider that this President of the United States lies almost reflexively, and with no apparent compunction, and instructs those representing him to do the same.
Like all demagogues he can’t stand being contradicted?
As I said, he’s authoritarian. And on the whole question of racism, whether or not he’s a racist he certainly has made a fundamental part of his calculation stirring racism and encouraging racism. He has a racist history in business, of not renting his apartment properties to African-Americans to the point where the Justice Department had to take action.
Are the people who voted for him racists?
90 percent of the people who call themselves Republicans in this country voted for him. I don’t think you can call all Republicans racist by any stretch or means.
Do the people who voted for him now regret it?
One of the really disturbing things is how slow it has been for people who describe themselves as principled Republicans to disassociate themselves from his most demonstrable outrages. They have been willing to enable and not condemn an awful lot of what Trump has been doing.
Even though he has not been true to his campaign promises?
It’s true that he has not been able to deliver on his primary promises, but he has done an awful lot of important deregulating and very consequential things by executive order. Now he’s flailing, partly because he’s been unable to get some of the major things he wanted and partly because he’s not competent.
But surely he was competent earlier in his career and in the reality TV show, the Apprentice?
I talked to a lot of the top producers of The Apprentice before the election. Not the principal producer, he won’t talk to anybody, but four or five of those right under him. They all disdain Trump. They all say he was lazy. They all say he was abusive. They all say he was unprepared when he showed up on set. Take after take after take, he hadn’t done his homework. The same picture we are getting of him as President. Mostly he operates from his gut, without any kind of thoughtful preparation.