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CARL BERNSTEIN RESCHEDULED FOR MARCH 16TH - 7:30 PM

Carl Bernstein, award winning journalist and author, will headline at The Main Event, the cornerstone of the Jewish Federation’s 2006 Annual Campaign. All community members are invited to join together in welcoming Mr. Bernstein on THURSDAY, MARCH 16th at 7:30 p.m. at Temple Israel.  Moira Quinn Klein, Senior Vice-President of Communications, Charlotte Center City Partners, is chairing the event.  According to Ms. Quinn, "It's a thrill to have a chance to meet a man who played (and continues to play) such a major role in this country's history. Carl Bernstein's perspective on the political arena is fascinating. It's a real coup for the Federation to bring Carl Bernstein to Charlotte. I'm honored to be a part of the Main Event"

 

 In the early 1970’s, Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward broke the Watergate story for The Washington Post and set the standard for modern investigative reporting.  Their investigations into the scandal that brought down the presidency of Richard Nixon were recounted in two of the biggest best selling books of the decade:  All the President’s Men (also a movie starring Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman) and The Final Days.  With the revelation that former Deputy FBI Chief Mark Felt was the mysterious “Deep Throat,” the significance of Bernstein’s aggressive and principled reporting reaches an entire new level of importance. 

 

After winning virtually every prize in journalism, including (with Bob Woodward) the Pulitzer Prize awarded to The Washington Post for its Watergate coverage, Bernstein left the paper in 1977 and spent the next year investigating the CIA’s secret relationship with the American press during the Cold War.  The resulting 25,000 word article, for Rolling Stone, was the first to examine a subject long suppressed by both American newspapers and the intelligence community.

 

From 1980 to 1984, Bernstein was at ABC News, first as its Washington Bureau Chief, then as a senior correspondent specializing in national security matters.  His first story on the air – on ABC’s 20/20, then in a print version for the New Republic magazine – disclosed an unprecedented U.S. secret alliance with China, Pakistan and Egypt to supply Afghanistan’s Mujahadin Islamic warriors with arms to fight the Soviet Union.  (Ultimately, those weapons made it possible for the Mujahadin to defeat the Soviets, and now the same weapons have been turned against the United States – by the same Mujahadin, Taliban fighters and Al Queda fanatics allied with Osama bin Laden.)

 

In 1982, for ABC News and Nightline, Bernstein covered the Israeli invasion of Lebanon by forces under the command of Ariel Sharon.  He was the first to report that Sharon had deceived the Israeli Cabinet about the real intention of the operation – to drive the Palestinians out of Lebanon, not (as he had claimed) to merely establish a 25 kilometer security zone north from the border.  Bernstein then spent several more months reporting about the war, Sharon, Yassar Arafat and the Palestinians.

 

In late 1989, following Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait, Bernstein went to Iraq for Time

Magazine.  His special report in Time – several weeks before the start of the Gulf War – disclosed seething discontent and hatred for Saddam throughout Iraq, and caused Bernstein to be immediately expelled from the country, put on a plane and flown out of Egypt.  In 1986, Bernstein’s highly acclaimed memoir, Loyalties:  A Son’s Memoir, about his parents’ encounter with McCarthyism, was published.

 

In 1992, Bernstein wrote a cover story for The New Republic magazine entitled “The Idiot Culture” – a scathing (and prescient) indictment of the sensationalist agenda overtaking much of American journalism.  His critique argued that the journalistic legacy of Watergate is at odds with an increasingly irresponsible media culture, dominated by huge conglomerates, that in the interest of profits (rather than truth) routinely celebrates gossip, the lurid and the loopy, and manufactured controversy at the expense of real reporting.

 

Tickets for the event, which cost $36 each, can be purchased by phone at 704-944-6757, online at www.jewishcharlotte.org, or at the Federation office located on Main Street at Shalom Park.  A dessert reception reflective of the holiday of Tu B’Shevat, the birthday of the trees, will follow the program.  At the reception, Mr. Bernstein will sign copies of his book All the President’s Men, which was co-authored with Bob Woodward.