WARNING: No “expletives deleted.” This is not “a family newspaper.”
Setting the scene: Late at night. Three men are standing on the front lawn of a beautiful Washington, D.C., mansion. One is the executive editor of The Washington Post; the other two, a couple of rookie reporters named Woodward and Bernstein. The editor, Ben Bradlee, has been called outside, where the reporters tell him the Watergate coverup involves the entire intelligence community of the United States and that his house probably has been bugged.
Ben Bradlee (played by Jason Robards in “All the President’s Men”): You know the results of the latest Gallup Poll? Half the country never even heard of the word Watergate. Nobody gives a shit. You guys are probably pretty tired, right? Well, you should be. Go on home, get a nice hot bath. Rest up ... 15 minutes. Then, get your asses back in gear. We're under a lot of pressure, you know, and you put us there. Nothing's riding on this except the First Amendment to the Constitution, freedom of the press and maybe the future of the country. Not that any of that matters, but if you guys fuck up again, I'm going to get mad. Goodnight.
(Fade to black)
Nothing’s riding on this, except …
U.S. respect in the world.
At war in two countries.
Worldwide recession looming.
9 million Americans unemployed.
The Supreme Court and the reversal of all that’s been accomplished for decades.
Civil liberties snatched away.
40 million Americans without health insurance.
Still no viable alternative energy.
Global warming not a joke.
Bin Laden still not brought to justice.
U.S. ranks 12th in education in the world.
Nation’s infrastructure crumbing.
2007 UNICEF study ranks U.S. next to last of 21 industrialized nations in “the well-being of children” (LINK).
Once more, the stakes couldn’t be higher.
"And, if you guys fuck up again, I’m going to get mad."