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Right Intention: Deep Throat

Wednesday, February 23, 2005

Deep Throat

Jonah Goldberg is skeptical of the existence of Deep Throat. A number of the suspects are getting up in years, and won't be able to defend themselves of whatever accusations are hurled at them after they die. Here's Jonah's solution:

Presumably, if Deep Throat exists he is aware that he will be named when he dies. So, gentlemen, why not get your side of the story on paper - or video - now? If you suspect you might be fingered for doing something you didn't, you have even more reason to get your version squared away.

But here's the part I like best:

Watergate prompted a generation of preening journalists to lecture America from a pedestal. The least Deep Throat can do - or, the least the leading Deep Throat suspects can do - is to let us know if the journalists belonged on that pedestal in the first place.

I agree with Jonah. If Deep Throat is a figment of Woodward and Bernstein's imagination, the irony would be too much, considering bringing down Nixon is a key reason why journalists have a hugely exaggerated sense of self importance.

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