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Opinion: It's hard to write a tell-all book when Trump is constantly telling on himself

September 12, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

President Donald Trump arrives to speak at a news conference at the White House in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Veteran journalist Bob Woodward's new book, "Rage," isn't released yet and it's already causing a stir. In it, President Donald Trump acknowledged in early February that the novel coronavirus was airborne and deadlier than the flu, even though he continued to downplay the threat of the virus in public.

Indeed, as the story broke, and Woodward released recordings of his conversations with Trump, the President continued to tweet about the alleged breakdown of law and order in the country, stoking fears of violence in response to largely peaceful protests.

The US has changed drastically since Woodward and his partner Carl Bernstein published "All the President's Men" in the final weeks of the Nixon presidency.

Woodward and Bernstein's work remains one of the greatest examples of journalism's ability to speak truth to power, and their investigation changed Washington.

It is possible that Woodward's book won't do much to sway public opinion.

It's ironic that the success of investigative journalism, as pioneered by Woodward and Bernstein, has made it more difficult for readers and viewers to differentiate a real crisis from politics as usual.

It's difficult to release a tell-all book that changes public opinion when the President is constantly telling on himself.

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