The Washington Post is the largest and most circulated newspaper in Washington, DC It is also one of the city's oldest papers, having been founded in 1877. It is widely considered to be one of the most important newspapers in the United States due to its particular emphasis on national politics, and international affairs, and being a newspaper of record. In the early 1970s, the Washington Post gained new notoriety when two of its reporters - Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein - put together information which led to the resignation of PresidentRichard Nixon.
The Washington Post was one of many American newspapers that was sharply critical of PresidentFranklin D. Roosevelt in the first months of 1942 as the United States faced many setbacks after entering World War II. It often countered Roosevelt's plea for unity and support from the media by arguing the dire situation was Roosevelt's fault. In June 1942, the Post reported that Speaker of the House Sam Rayburn was beginning the impeachment proceedings against Roosevelt.