Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Woodward, Bernstein Scooped 

Via Zemblan patriot K.Z.: 91-year-old Mark Felt, the number-two man at the FBI during the Nixon administration, confesses that he was Deep Throat:
"I'm the guy they used to call Deep Throat," he told John D. O'Connor, the author of Vanity Fair's exclusive that appears in its July issue . . . .

Felt said he was "only doing his duty" and did not seek to bring down Nixon over the cover-up of a break-in at Democratic Party offices in the Watergate complex in Washington, D.C.

Carl Bernstein, who with Bob Woodward broke the story as Washington Post reporters, issued a statement neither denying nor confirming Felt's claim. Bernstein stated he and Woodward would be keeping their pledge to reveal the source only once that person dies . . . .

In the article, O'Connor reports that Felt's children, Joan and Mark Jr., urged him to go public after he revealed his secret to them in 2002.

“I don’t think (being Deep Throat) was anything to be proud of,” Felt indicated to his son, Mark Jr., at one point, according to the article. “You (should) not leak information to anyone.”

But Joan is quoted as saying that "Bob Woodward's gonna get all the glory for this, but we could make at least enough money to pay some bills, like the debt I've run up for the kids' education. Let's do it for the family."
We are sure that the Bush administration is rife with potential whistleblowers who would be only too happy to follow Mr. Felt's patriotic example. Unfortunately there is no longer a Bob Woodward, nor a Carl Bernstein, nor a Washington Post to tell their stories.

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