Making Sense of The ‘Deep Throat’ Story

Making Sense of The 'Deep Throat' Story

mfelt.jpgPerhaps more interesting than the Vanity Fair story revealing the indentity of the infamous Deep Throat is the story behind the story. In the Washington Post today, Bob Woodward previews an upcoming book by detailing “How Mark Felt Became ‘Deep Throat’.” Meanwhile, in the same paper, media critic Howard Kurtz looks at how the Post was scooped on its own story by the Vanity Fair piece unveiling Deep Throat’s identity. The New York Times meanwhile goes inside the Post newsroom to look at how the story broke on Tuesday and finally, while over at The News Virginian, J. Todd Foster (a former People Magazine contributor) reveals that three years ago he nearly outed ‘Deep Throat’ when Felt’s family, seeking money, peddled the story to him. In interviews for a potential book at the time, Foster collaborated with another writer and the aging Felt, suffering from dementia, said, “Well, I wasn’t a Deep Throat,” doubting that he had given information to Woodward and reiterating, “I thought Deep Throat was another source entirely.”

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John S

Watergate obviously provides an important history lesson, in more than one respect.

The story that interests me now, however, is that of the man, Mark Felt, his actions, his motivations, and our reaction to him as Americans.

One concern I have is that, whether or not Felt’s family is money hungry, it seems unfair that this “hero,” and his family may not share in all the money to be made from the story.

So I would ask a question here. Who is the bigger hero, Felt, who will apparently get nothing out of this, or Woodward who Felt helped turn into a wealthy and successful media icon?

Thanks
John S

Mark Rabinowitz

First of all, to Bobby:
Considering your heavy caps lock finger, I’ll go ahead and assume you’re too young to remember or care about Watergate. If I am wrong, that makes it even worse. To quote philosopher and poet George Santayana: “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

Watergate is one of the most important periods in our nation’s history and to forget it now that the questions have been answered is asinine and dangerous. If the final answer to ‘Who killed JFK?’ were to be revealed, would you suggest that we then forget about Kennedy? Maybe rename the NYC airport?

Thanks for your time.

Now secondly, to those of you with an interest in history and politics, am I the only one who finds it a little convenient that the Deep Throat story broke on the same day the following story was on the front page of the New York Times:
http://www.nytimes.com/2005/05/31/national/31planes.html ?

I mean, the two aren’t related, but had Felt not been “outed,” the above story would likely have been the story of the day.

bobby

OK, WE NOW KNOW WHO (DEEP THROAT) IS. BUT THAT WAS A LONG TIME AGO. SO PLEASE, LETS NOT HEAR ABOUT THIS GUY FOR THE NEXT THOUSAND YEARS. GET THE POINT?
THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME.

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