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May 31, 2005

"Deep Throat" and the Newsweek case

“Deep Throat” has outed himself. He’s the real-life character in the book and the movie of “All the President’s Men.” And it turns out that Deep Throat was the No. 2 guy in the FBI.

We’ve just gone through a brouhaha over a Newsweek story, based on a single source, that said a Quran had been put in a toilet. There was talk about how the news media should not rely on unidentified sources. Well, OK. Here’s a famous case. It’s probably the most famous unidentified source in the past 50 years. He’s identified: He was No. 2 at the FBI.

That’s a good source. In the movie Hal Holbrook (as Deep Throat) speaks only on “deep background,” and Robert Redford (as Carl Woodward) agrees not to use any information he can’t get from other sources. He and Bernstein worked hard and got the story.

It all depends on the source. You have to judge each one as it comes.

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Posted by Bruce Ramsey at May 31, 2005 05:18 PM



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