Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, known for uncovering former President Richard Nixon’s involvement in the Watergate scandal, have a message for President Donald Trump — the media is not fake.
The two iconic journalists offered guidance Saturday to reporters amid an increasingly bitter relationship between the Trump Administration and the press at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner in Washington, D.C. The annual event was the first in decades that a president has skipped. Trump instead held a campaign-style rally in Pennsylvania to mark the 100th day of his presidency.
But while Trump was not in attendance, Woodward still spoke directly to him: “Mr. President, the media is not fake news,” he said.
The dogged duo used their experience uncovering the Watergate scandal to implore journalists to focus on their work now more than ever. “Our job is to put the best obtainable version of the truth out there, period,” he added. “Especially now.”
Read Bernstein and Woodward’s full speeches at TIME Magazine.