From August 8, 1974, and the broadcast of NBC Nightly News, and the coverage of "the ordeal of President Nixon." Take five minutes for yourself, and take things back to Watergate. The pants were plaid, the news viewers were old and crotchety and opinionated, and the country was going to hell in a handcart being driven by a bunch of rich white men. Everything old is new again, I guess. Except for maybe the plaid pants.