An interesting footnote to the Deep Throat story. This news has apparently picked up interest because a few days ago Bob Woodward told former Nixon White House counsel John Dean that Deep Throat was ill and that Benjamin Bradlee had already written his obituary.
For those unfamiliar with newspaper and broadcast reporting tactics, it is quite common for journalists to write, in advance, obituaries for famous people before their death. The reason being obituary reporting, especially for the television networks, is time consuming. If a famous person dies it takes some time to dig up archive footage and information in order to get it on the air. Writing and producing these obituaries when the famous person is on the verge of death, allows them to get it on the air or in the newspaper quickly.
Benjamin Bradlee was Woodward and Bernstein’s editor at the Washington Post when they first began writing the series of articles about Watergate and President Nixon’s role.
Bradlee is one of only four people who know Deep Throat’s identity along with Woodward, Bernstein and Deep Throat himself. (Woodward has confirmed that Deep Throat is a man (so Diane Sawyer is not a suspect contrary to some people’s opinions).
Woodward has denied only six possibilities: Alexander Haig, Earl Silbert, John Sears, Diane Sawyer, Cord Meyer Jr., and William Colby.
A web poll earlier this week found that many people believe Deep Throat to be Supreme Court Chief Justice William Rehnquist.
I believe this will be the story of the year when Deep Throat’s identity is revealed. Never has a story so public been kept so closely protected for so long.