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Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Deep Throat Revealed!


One of the great mysteries of the 1970s has been solved. The identity of "Deep Throat," the man who destroyed a presidency and changed the way the media covers politics, has been revealed.

Most of my life, people who care have speculated about who this person is. Could it be Pat Buchanan, or Alexander Haig, or George H.W. Bush? The Washington Post reporters who brought down Nixon were bound to have talked to someone big...someone important...a man worthy of the myth created in "All The President's Men"...someone who must be a household name today.

Right?

Well, it turns out that the man is...

...this guy?

I'm disappointed.

Who the hell is W. Mark Felt? Who the hell cares?

This is a real bummer.

It turns out that Nixon, who is thought to have been paranoid of federal workers, was right to be paranoid about federal workers. Some of them really wanted to get him, and for very personal reasons, according to the Washington Post:

Woodward said Felt helped The Post at a time of tense relations between the White House and much of the FBI hierarchy. He said the Watergate break-in came shortly after the death of legendary FBI director J. Edgar Hoover, Felt's mentor, and that Felt and other bureau officials wanted to see an FBI veteran promoted to succeed Hoover.

Felt himself had hopes that he would be the next FBI director, but Nixon instead appointed an administration insider, assistant attorney general L. Patrick Gray, to the post.


The funny thing is that Nixon hardly knew the guy. Imagine that?

So knowing what we know now, is "Deep Throat" a hero or a guy who played political games? Will history even ever tell us?

It seems that this part of history, for lack of a better word, is too "politicized" for that.

Yet in staying quiet, he had insured his place in our imagination.
This just doesn't meet expectations. After 30 years, I don't think anyone other than the big three (Buchanan, Haig, or Bush) would have done it.

Now that his name is revealed, I think it would have been better to keep it quiet. It turns out he's just a guy who wanted a job, and tried to get back at his boss when he didn't get his way.

The whole "Deep Throat" legend is lessened.

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The Moderate Voice details the real mystery of this story: why did it take so long for this to come out?

Jackie Chiles of the Airing of Grievances was one of the first bloggers to delve deep into this story.

Daily Kos discusses Deep Throat's identity, with an obligitory Bush reference.

Atrois and others agree, this was a bit of a downer.

CNN asks in 2002: who is deep throat?

Bill Clinton and Richard Nixon: linked in history?

Here's a great headline from The Blog of Pratt: Deep Throat Revealed...It's No Gag...

Wizbang Coverage on Deep Throat

Bob Woodward reveals how Felt became Deep Throat

After Deep Throat, what other scandals and mysteries are left?

3 Comments:

Blogger DDD said...

I really don't see what's the big deal. EVERYONE knows Linda Lovelace was, is, and always be deep throat.

Wednesday, 01 June, 2005  
Blogger Nominal Me said...

So she's the real one who brought down the president?

Wednesday, 01 June, 2005  
Blogger DDD said...

no no no silly. She's the one that went DOWN on the president.... or wait a second.. I'm getting my impeached presidents confused....

Wednesday, 01 June, 2005  

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