A Nation Betrayed - A Fond Look Back: '74

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Stephen revisits the events surrounding the Watergate hearings and shares a seldom-heard clip from the infamous Nixon tapes. (4:45)

BUT THIS GOOD MAN WAS FORCEDFROM OFFICE BY HIS BLOODTHIRSTY

ENEMIES WHO, ACCORDING TO APARTIAL LIST PREPARED BY NIXON,

WERE EVERYONE.(LAUGHTER)

THE SCANDAL WAS CALLEDWATERGATE,

A SCANDAL SO EXPLOSIVE SOME CALLIT "WATERGATE-GATE."

(LAUGHTER)NOT MANY.

JUST ME, SO FAR.

BUT AFTER TONIGHT'S SHOW...

(LAUGHTER)JOIN ME NOW FOR TONIGHT'S

RETROSPECTACULAR --A, THE COLBERT SPECIAL REPORT --

SCANDAL IN THE WHITE HOUSE, ANATION BETRAYED.

A FOND LOOK BACK, '74 --(APPLAUSE)

A FOND LOOK BACK, '74 --(APPLAUSE)

(CHANTING)(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

>> STEPHEN: ON JUNE 17, 1972,FIVE MEN WERE ARRESTED FOR

BREAKING INTO THE DEMOCRATICNATIONAL COMMITTEE'S

HEADQUARTERS AT THE WATERGATEHOTEL.

EVEN WORSE, THEY ATE A TOBELERONFROM THE MINIBAR, STICKING THE

DEMOCRATS WITH A $22 SERVICECHARGE.

(LAUGHTER)AN F.B.I. INVESTIGATION

CONNECTED THE WATERGATE BREAK-INTO AN ELITE WHITE HOUSE DIRTY

TRICKS GROUP KNOWN AS "THEPLUMBERS " BECAUSE THEY WERE

TASKED WITH PLUGGING LEAKS.

AND BECAUSE OF THEIR AMPLE ASSCRACKS.

(LAUGHTER)THE PLUMBERS WERE PART OF

NIXON'S POLITICAL OPERATION, THE"COMMITTEE TO RE-ELECT THE

PRESIDENT," OR "CREEP."

A NAME THAT SOMEHOW ESCAPED THESCRUTINY OF "NIXON'S

UNDERCOMMITTEE FOR TERMINATINGSELF-INDICTING ACRONYM CHOICES,"

OR "NUTSAC."

(LAUGHTER)SOON, "WASHINGTON POST"

REPORTERS BOB WOODWARD AND CARLBERNSTEIN, SEEN HERE AS

ATTRACTIVE PEOPLE, BEGANRECEIVING AND PUBLISHING LEAKS

ABOUT THE PLOT FROM AN ANONYMOUSF.B.I. SOURCE KNOWN ONLY AS

"DEEP THROAT".

LATER PORTRAYED BY LINDALOVELACE IN THE DOCUMENTARY.

ON MAY 17, 1973, THE SENATELAUNCHED THE WATERGATE HEARINGS,

IN WHICH THE PRESIDENT'S FORMERAPPOINTMENTS SECRETARY ALEXANDER

BUTTERFIELD REVEALED THAT NIXONHAD RECORDED EVERY CONVERSATION

IN HIS OFFICE SINCE 1971,CREATING A VITAL HISTORICAL

RECORD.

JUST LISTEN TO THIS ACTUALCONVERSATION.

>> THE PROBLEM HOWEVER, WITHPANDAS IS

THAT THEY DON'T KNOW HOW TOMATE.

THE ONLY WAY THEY LEARN HOW ISTO WATCH OTHER PANDAS MATE.

YOU SEE?

(LAUGHTER)>> STEPHEN: YES, FOR PANDAS TO

MATE, THEY HAVE TO WATCH OTHERPANDAS DOING IT.

ALTHOUGH, FOR MALE PANDAS, IT'SJUST AS EFFECTIVE TO WATCH TWO

FEMALE PANDAS MATING.

(LAUGHTER)(APPLAUSE)

(LAUGHTER)(APPLAUSE)

BUT THE MOST FAMOUS PASSAGE FROMTHE RECORDINGS WASN'T ON THEM.

IT WAS THE MISSING 18 1/2MINUTES.

NIXON'S SECRETARY ROSE MARYWOODS CLAIMED SHE ACCIDENTALLY

PRESSED "ERASE" WITH HER FOOT ONTHE TAPE RECORDER'S PEDAL WHILE

REACHING FOR THE PHONE, APOSITION NOW KNOWN IN YOGA AS

"DOWNWARD FACING ASS COVER ."

(LAUGHTER)SO WHAT WAS ON THOSE 18 1/2

MINUTES?

DID THOSE TWO PANDAS EVER DO IT?

WE MAY NEVER KNOW.

(LAUGHTER)SORRY, WE SEEM TO BE HAVING A

SLIGHT TECHNICAL DIFFICULTY.

COULD SOMEONE ADJUST THEVERTICAL HOLD?

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

THANK YOU.

(APPLAUSE)NOW, ON AUGUST 8, 1974, DAYS

AFTER THE JUDICIARYCOMMITTEE HAD PASSED ARTICLES OF

IMPEACHMENT, RICHARD NIXONBECAME THE FIRST U.S. PRESIDENT

TO RESIGN SINCE WILLIAM HENRYHARRISON COWARDLY LEFT OFFICE

AFTER ONE MONTH TO SPEND MORETIME WITH HIS COFFIN.

(LAUGHTER)WHEN WE RETURN, WE WILL BE

JOINED BY FORMER NIXONSPEECHWRITER PATRICK J.

BUCHANAN.

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