I think journalism gets measured by the quality of information it presents, not the drama or the pyrotechnics associated with us.
There are people who take rumors and embellish them in a way that can be devastating. And this pollution has to be eradicated by people in our business as best we can.
The central dilemma in journalism is that you don't know what you don't know.
The Washington Times wrote a story questioning the authenticity of some of the suggestions made about me in Silent Coup. But as a believer in the First Amendment, I believe they have more than a right to air their views.
There's hostility to lying, and there should be.
The source known as Deep Throat provided a kind of road map through the scandal. His one consistent message was that the Watergate burglary was just the tip of the iceberg.
Watergate provides a model case study of the interaction and powers of each of the branches of government. It also is a morality play with a sad and dramatic ending.
Watergate is an immensely complicated scandal with a cast of characters as varied as a Tolstoy novel.
After Nixon resigned in 1974, he engaged in a very aggressive war with history, attempting to wipe out the Watergate stain and memory. Happily, history won, largely because of Nixon's tapes.
The fact of the Watergate cover-up is not nearly as interesting as the step into making the cover-up. And when you understand the step, you understand that Richard Nixon lied. That he was a criminal.
When you see how the President makes political or policy decisions, you see who he is. The essence of the Presidency is decision-making.
Way before Watergate, senior administration officials hid behind anonymity.
Lawyers didn't seriously get involved in the Watergate stories until quite late, when we realized we were on to something.
The cloud of doubt that surrounds political figures tends to remain and never dissipate or be clarified.
I don't think there will ever be a permanent truce, but I believe the media needs to be more careful and be willing to count to 10 before rushing on the air or into print.
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