WASHINGTON, D.C. — On Sunday, Keith Malek announced that he was alive, and that he would resume his career with the Associated Press. During that announcement, he promised that his next story would be so big that “Watergate would pale in comparison.” Malek’s story ended up being about the death of “Crocodile Hunter” Steve Irwin. However, Bob Woodward, who was one of the two journalists who broke the Watergate story back in 1975, doesn’t seem to think that Malek’s story about Irwin is nearly as important. “Don’t get me wrong,” said Woodward, “I realize that I’ll never be half the journalist that Keith Malek is, and I, like everyone else, am ecstatic about his return. But Watergate significantly altered the course of American history. Steve Irwin was a man who would play with dangerous animals, and as a result, he died. What’s so shocking about that?” He added, “Besides, Malek wrote about Irwin’s death six weeks after it occurred. Is that responsible journalism?”
Not everyone agrees with Woodward. Harry O Reilly, 43, of the Bronx, said, “I think that Woodward is missing the entire point. Malek wasn’t just simply writing about Irwin’s death. He wrote that Irwin died while trying to obtain superpowers. No other investigative journalist, including Woodward, had discovered that.”
A lot of people are siding with Woodward though. New York Times editor Paul Davee said, “While Malek’s story about Steve Irwin was huge, that Watergate thing was more important.”
Malek was unavailable for comment.
October 17, 2006