Katharine Graham, publisher of The Washington Post, speaks about the increasing secrecy in government and the role of the press. Graham states that while there are legitimate cases for presidents and advisors to have confidential communication, the executive branch can’t expect the press, which has have a different obligation, to keep its secrets for it.
Graham adds all bets are off when it comes to keeping secret evidence of unacknowledged crime committed in government office. Information people have a right to know about has been hidden or denied to such an extent that public trust and confidence in government word have all but vanished. She describes how Vietnam War cover-ups in presenting the war to the public led to Watergate and the publication of the Pentagon Papers.