According to John Dean, Bob Woodward has informed him that “Deep Throat,” the member of Nixon’s administration who exposed his crimes to the Washington Post, is gravely ill and possibly near death. Upon his death, Woodword and Bernstein will be released from their obligation to protect his identity. We will at long last learn who “Deep Throat” was, and we can write the final chapter on Watergate.
Watergate was really before my time. I read about it when I was young, and absorbed the implied narrative, i.e., brave leftists bringing down a corrupt president. Only later did it occur to me that, really, Nixon was brought down by Republicans, not Democrats or even Left-leaning reporters.
First and foremost, there was “Deep Throat,” who handed them the key evidence on a silver platter. It is important to remember that “Deep Throat” came to Woodward and Berstien, they didn’t track him down by dint of their investigative powers.
Second, there were the Republicans in the house and Senate who ruthlessly pursued Nixon even at the cost of their own party’s power. Many Republicans didn’t, of course, but enough did to seal his fate.
Just something to remember if Deep Throat dies and we all have to live through two weeks or so of major media reliving their glory days.