On Sunday, October 21st, Buzzfeed.com's Ben Smith moderated a panel on social media and the new political landscape featuring New York Times Media Reporter Brian Stelter, Changetheratio.com founder Rachel Sklar and journalism legend Dan Rather. Asked about how social media might have altered the course of the Watergate scandal, Rather says the Nixon administration would have used social media "to play defense by playing offense." Stelter pointed to social media as a "megaphone" campaigns have never had before. Sklar referenced the coverage of Congressman Todd Akin's "legitimate rape" comments as an example of the power of social media.
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