Skip to comments.The Legend of Deep Throat - Was Mark Felt really a hero?
Posted on 06/01/2005 9:14:25 PM PDT by CHARLITE
Some wounds don't fully heal because they're too deep and cut too close to the bone. The story that Deep Throat was Mark Felt has torn open old wounds. Pat Buchanan, Robert Novak and Chuck Colson--all at the top of their game 30 years ago, all very much in the game today--were passionate in their criticism, saying Mr. Felt has little to be proud of, was unprofessional, harmed his country. Ben Stein was blunt: Mr. Felt "broke the law, broke his oath, and broke his code of ethics." Old Watergate hand Richard Ben-Veniste and the Washington Post's Richard Cohen called Mr. Felt a hero. The old battle lines fall into place. As to the higher themes of the story, some were credulous. On the "Today" show yesterday Chris Matthews called those who have criticized Mr. Felt "hacks and flacks," whereas reporters "are looking for the truth" and can be trusted. Glad he cleared that up.
Was Mr. Felt a hero? No one wants to be hard on an ailing 91-year-old man. Mr. Felt no doubt operated in some perceived jeopardy and judged himself brave. He had every right to disapprove of and wish to stop what he saw as new moves to politicize the FBI. But a hero would have come forward, resigned his position, declared his reasons, and exposed himself to public scrutiny. He would have taken the blows and the kudos. (Knowing both Nixon and the media, there would have been plenty of both.) Heroes pay the price. Mr. Felt simply leaked information gained from his position in government to damage those who were doing what he didn't want done. Then he retired with a government pension. This does not appear to have been heroism, and he appears to have known it. Thus, perhaps, the great silence.
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Did anybody on the planet still care who Deep Throat was?
This is a pretty good Noonan.
Bob Woodward in the cross hairs.
Sorry Peggy, Michael Savage made this identical point yesterday.
Uh, yeah. A lot of us have been waiting thirty years to find out.
I think you're right.
I think he counted on Felt being dead when it all came out.
And I don't think he counted on the greedy daughter.
Here's his side:
How Mark Felt Became 'Deep Throat'
and this is interesting as hell:
Felt tried to sell story to People in 2002
In the Prelude to Publication, Intrigue Worthy of Deep Throat
Not content with taking down Nixon, Felt will now take down Woodward. This retired civil servant is about to go postal.
He was a BF criminal. Nixon will be remembered as a martar sacrificed by the socialist in American government.... fantastic legacy.... the victorys write history, and the capitalist proudly won.
Ben Stein is angry but not incorrect: What Mr. Felt helped produce was a weakened president who was a serious president at a serious time. Nixon's ruin led to a cascade of catastrophic events--the crude and humiliating abandonment of Vietnam and the Vietnamese, the rise of a monster named Pol Pot, and millions--millions--killed in his genocide. America lost confidence; the Soviet Union gained brazenness.
Leading us to Carter, his thumb twiddling/ sell-out of the Shah of Iran...
After the impeachment, my father told me President Nixon had been "set up."
He was right.
Nixon was close to Socialist.
Capitalists are not in favor of wage and price controls,EPA, and a host of bureaucratic obstacles.
"Leading us to Carter, his thumb twiddling/ sell-out of the Shah of Iran..."
And the author of the mess in the Middle East and 9/11 and the death of thousands of Americans.
Jimmah did this.
Yes it is clear he was set up everyone knew Richard was hard on Communism even before McCarthy in the fifties.
He is wondering about now how many deepthroats there are active today.
Nixon wasn't impeached. He resigned to avoid impeachment. My mom always said that he should have burned the damned tapes.
I think Hillary even got her pound of flesh on the Watergate deal, Nixon knew the communist were in deep in this country he just apparently didn't know how deep. Sure wish he were here now as I bet he would lower the boom.
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