Posts from May 31, 2005

The scoop

The scoop

: The Post reports on the story behind the story in Vanity Fair and how The Post got scooped: because Woodward kept his promise not to reveal Deep Throat’s identity until he was released from the pledge. The Vanity Fair story was edited by my colleague and friend, David Friend.

Vanity Fair, too, was late to the story but moments after it broke on the internet, the text came online.

: Also in the Post, Hank Steuver contemplates life after the secret:

What could be more of a letdown than finding out who Deep Throat is? Finding it out in Vanity Fair? And not really finding it out in Vanity Fair so much as feeling it crash-land across the Internet and the cable news networks, days before the magazine even hits the stands? Finding out that you don’t care anymore? Watching it not resonate among people younger than 30?…

Perhaps Deep Throat’s lovely (and daring) parting gift to Washington, especially to reporters, is simple: He actually exists. He is not fabrication or composite. He is one man, a fact not easily proved had he taken his secret to the grave. That in itself, in an era where trust has been shredded beyond recognition, is something to behold.

: And on anoymous sources, from Kit Seelye’s NY Times media report:

The emergence of the ultimate anonymous source comes at a time when newsrooms are struggling with questions about the use of such sources.

“We’ve had all this stuff about anonymous sources and God knows yes, we all know anonymous sources are overused,” said Lou Cannon, a former reporter for The Post. “But this really shows you, this story would have never come out if we had a rule against anonymous sources.”

The world is a city desk and all the people merely correspondents

The world is a city desk and all the people merely correspondents

: Finally got some couch time and read Glenn Reynolds’ good Wall Street Journal piece about how anyone can and will report.

Ombud too many?

Ombud too many?

: Why does ESPN need an ombudsman? For Cubs fans to complain about Cubs jokes? What’s next: A FoodTV ombudsman to deal with garlic issues? Has this trend gone too far?

Deep Throated

Deep Throated

: Isn’t it a little embarrassing for the Washington Post that Deep Throat outs himself — Mark Felt says he’s the guy — but the Post has to run a wire-service report quoting the paper’s own “no comment”? Wodward and Bernstein still say they won’t say anything until Throat dies (felt is 91 and so that may not be too far off). The story is breaking via Vanity Fair, which also doesn’t have it up online.

: Thanks to Bill K for putting the scoop up in the comments. At first, I thought it was clever new comment spam but, no, it was breaking news. Thanks, Bill.

: Just got the call that I’ll be on MSNBC’s Connected at 5p to talk about this.

: UPDATE: Tristan Louis corrects me: The Vanity Fair story is up here. It’s now up on the mag site proper.

: OOPS: Students said they had nailed who Deep Throat was. They were wrong.

: Tim Noah summarizes now-out-of-date speculation.

: The Post proper isn’t touching the story still but it’s Aschenblog is. Handy, them bloggers.

: FLASH: Woodward confirms that Felt is the Throat.

I’m about to go on MSNBC, blogging from the studio, and I”m hearing guests who said this wasn’t true backtracking fast. Most amusing.

Bottom line: A good conspiracy theory never dies.

: If Watergate happened today, Deep Throat would have had a blog.

: I was about to go on and then they broke in with a press conference from Felt’s family. I was in the middle of opening my mouth to speak; how many would love to stop me at that point. I don’t know whether I’ll get back on…

… I didn’t.

: I say this is a good day for democracy. In this age of transparency, we believe that the people deserve to know. And Felt was an agent of truth. So was journalism. That remains a story to aspire to.

Media 2.0: Plastics, plastics, plastics

Media 2.0: Plastics, plastics, plastics

: Here is a superb powerpoint on the new economics of media. I’ll excerpt and comment later but you’ll want to dig into it now. [via PaidContent]