There is perhaps no journalistic source more legendary than Deep Throat. The Nixon administration insider who led young Washington Post reporters Woodward and Bernstein through a maze of information led to Watergate.
To this day, the identity of Deep Throat remains a mystery. Only Woodward, Bernstein and their editor, Ben Bradlee, know who he is. Their refusal to expose him even after thirty years shows the lengths to which reporters will go, to protect their sources. Today, reporters are facing jail for refusing to reveal sources as part of a government’s investigation into the identity of a CIA operative, and the lessons of Watergate seem strangely relevant.
Ben Bradlee, Vice President at-Large of the Washington Post and author of numerous books including his memoir, “A Good Life: Newspapering and Other Adventures”