BREAKING NEWS: W Mark Felt Is "Deep Throat"
In news that tops coverage around the media today, it is being reported that W. Mark Felt, former number two at the FBI, has identified himself as the "Deep Throat" source of Woodward & Bernstein. MSNBC.com reports:
"I'm the guy they used to call Deep Throat," he told John D. O'Connor, the author of Vanity Fair's exclusive that appears in its July issue.
Felt, now 91 and living in Santa Rosa, Calif. reportedly gave O'Connor permission to disclose his identity.
The news has come as a shock to most media observers, who are surprised to see that such an important source of the Watergate story turned out to be legitimate. It has long been believed that Woodward and Bernstein just made up Deep Throat out of whole cloth, in a long line of journalistic tradition stretching from the Pulitizer prize winning reporting of Walter Duranty in the 1930s, all the way through the celebrated work of Dan Rather and Mary Mapes just last year.
Already, journalists are beginning to level harsh criticisms at Woodward and Bernstein. John Predesta of the American Journalism Institute, explains: "A fake source could have leveled even more devastating charges against Nixon. Sure, Nixon eventually resigned, but was it really responsible for Woodward and Bernstein to take such a chance? The truth is simply too dangerous for a serious journalist to play around with."
But others excuse Woodward & Bernstein's gambit as mere "youthful indescretions," and are more than happy to see the Watergate scandal covering the front pages and lede stories of major news organizations. It is believed that bringing up the Watergate scandal will remind Americans of how important the media is in exposing evil. Evil like Abu Ghraib, Guantanamo, and the many lies of Bush.
So armies of aging lefties throughout America are rising from their Laz-Y-Boy recliners to fetch their walkers and dial their friends on oversized-button phones to spread the word.
Unfortunately, the story is of no interest to anyone under the age of 45, and adding nothing to the current discourse, the news ranking somewhere near the identity of X,Y and Z in the pantheon of important news.