Presidents screaming Fake News and constantly discrediting the news media. Coverups of political scandals only brought to light by investigative journalists who are resisted at every step. The watchdog status of news media seems to be under pressure by politicians, making it more important than ever. How did this come to be? And: How did the media uncover political wrongdoing in the past?
In this film screening of Frost/Nixon, we look back at one of the most infamous political outrages of the 20th century, Watergate, and see how one interviewer made President Nixon say: “When the president does it, that means that it is not illegal”
The Oscar-Nominated film Frost/Nixon is a 2008 movie directed by Ron Howard. It focusses on the aftermath of the famous Watergate scandal of 1972, in which then Republican President Nixon (played by Frank Langella) was found to have wiretapped his Democratic colleagues. After the revelation of this fact, he resigned but was subsequently exonerated by the new president. Nixon was then interviewed by talk-show host David Frost (played by Michael Sheen). This series of interviews is widely regarded as one of the most revealing political interviews of the 20th century. Frost/Nixon is a dramatic retelling of how it came to be.
The movie will be introduced by dr. Delia Dumitrica, Associate Professor at the Erasmus School of History, Culture, and Communication. She will contextualize the events of the movie from the perspective of a media scholar; but will also stress the importance fictional media such as Frost/Nixon play in our understanding of the relation between politics and media. Because: How close to the truth are these depictions?
Location: Erasmus Paviljoen, Campus Woudestein
Tickets: free entrance, reservation mandatory via our ticketshop.
For this program we kindly ask you to show your COVID Certificate at the entrance with the CoronaCheck app. Please visit this page for all applicable corona measures at the Erasmus University.
Organised by Studium Generale and dr. Delia Dumitrica (ESHCC).