The late CBS news anchor, Walter Cronkite, played a key role in the unravelling of Watergate. Cronkite, who has died aged 92, broadcast two extensive stories on Watergate in 1972. Ben Bradlee, former editor of the Washington Post, reflects on Cronkite's place in the Watergate scandal.
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Mark Felt, whose Deep Throat identity was revealed in 2005, has died, aged 95, at his home in Santa Rosa, California.
Felt was Associate Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) during the early period of Watergate. He started providing information and guidance to Washington Post journalist Bob Woodward in 1972.
Referred to initially as “my friend” by Woodward, Felt was nicknamed Deep Throat, a reference to a pornographic movie of the time.
Former President Gerald Ford died on December 26, 2006. The Los Angeles Times gave his death front page treatment.
Jason Robards, the actor who played Washington Post editor, Ben Bradlee, in the 1976 film about the Watergate scandal, All The President's Men, has died, aged 78. Robards won an Oscar for his performance in the film.
Speaking on the NBC "Today" program, Washington Post journalist Bob Woodward said that Deep Throat was still alive. Woodward also said he was still in contact with Deep Throat and would only reveal the person's name when he died.
Barry Sussman was an editor at the Washington Post during Watergate.
Myths and Collusion
by Barry Sussman
1. The Myth of Deep Throat
The most frequently-asked Watergate question is, “Who is Deep Throat?” I was the Washington Post’s editor in charge of the Watergate coverage and I still get asked that a lot, even though it is a quarter-century since the break-in at Democratic headquarters.
That’s the power of myth: Over the years an anonymous bit player, a minor contributor, has become a giant.
As Nixon’s resignation drew near, in Australia the columnist Creighton Burns wondered whether Watergate was possible in that country.
Burns was a journalist and academic. He was editor-in-chief of The Age newspaper in Melbourne from 1981 to 1989. He died in 2008, aged 82.