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    A reporter's ability to keep the bond of confidentiality often enables him to learn the hidden or secret aspects of government. Bob-WoodwardBob Woodward
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    Any suggestion that I'm writing about political operatives because I'm interested in political operatives misses the entire point. Bob-WoodwardBob Woodward
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    Clinton feels a profound alienation from the Washington culture here, and I happen to agree with him. Bob-WoodwardBob Woodward
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    Deep Throat was a very unfortunate name given to the source by the managing editor of The Washington Post. Bob-WoodwardBob Woodward
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    Deep Throat's information, and in my view, courage, allowed the newspaper to use what he knew and suspected. Bob-WoodwardBob Woodward
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    Even now there is no evidence that anyone involved in the Nixon operation was going to threaten us. Bob-WoodwardBob Woodward
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    I believe there's too little patience and context to many of the investigations I read or see on television. Bob-WoodwardBob Woodward
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    I believe Watergate shows that the system did work. Particularly the Judiciary and the Congress, and ultimately an independent prosecutor working in the Executive Branch. Bob-WoodwardBob Woodward
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    I deal with first-hand sources. And give the people, even John Sununu, the opportunity to respond to what I've been told by first-hand sources. Bob-WoodwardBob Woodward
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    I don't think it's useful for somebody to argue with reviews. Bob-WoodwardBob Woodward
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    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. Bob-WoodwardBob Woodward
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    I don't think voters give a hoot about the character of their political advisors, except to the extent that character reflects on the candidates. Bob-WoodwardBob Woodward
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    I gave my word that this source would not be identified unless he changed his mind. He has not. Bob-WoodwardBob Woodward
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    I give lectures for money, but all the money goes to charity. So, I make no money from it. Bob-WoodwardBob Woodward
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    I have found people don't want to be told. That they can figure it out. Bob-WoodwardBob Woodward
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    I have gone on the air and announced my telephone number at the Washington Post. I go into the night, talking to people, looking for things. The great dreaded thing every reporter lives with is what you don't know. The source you didn't go to. The phone call you didn't return. Bob-WoodwardBob Woodward
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    I have written things that Republicans and Democrats and all kinds of figures have either hated or felt very uncomfortable about. Because in doing these long projects and books, you get close to the bone. And they're not calling me up and asking me for dinner. Bob-WoodwardBob Woodward
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    I suspect there have been a number of conspiracies that never were described or leaked out. But I suspect none of the magnitude and sweep of Watergate. Bob-WoodwardBob Woodward
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    I think journalism gets measured by the quality of information it presents, not the drama or the pyrotechnics associated with us. Bob-WoodwardBob Woodward
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    I think people are smart enough to sort it out. They know when they're watching one of these food fight shows where journalists sit around and yell and scream at each other, versus serious issue reporting. Bob-WoodwardBob Woodward
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    I'm not going to name some of my colleagues who are very well-known for their television presentation, but they wouldn't know new information or how to report a story if it came up and bit them. Bob-Woodward/">Bob Woodward
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    It was accountability that Nixon feared. Bob-Woodward/">Bob Woodward
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    Nixon's grand mistake was his failure to understand that Americans are forgiving, and if he had admitted error early and apologized to the country, he would have escaped. Bob-Woodward/">Bob Woodward
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    Not a season passes without new disclosures showing Nixon's numerous attempts at criminal use of his presidential powers and in fact the scorn he held for the rule of law. Bob-Woodward/">Bob Woodward
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    Some newspapers have a hands-off policy on favored politicians. But it's generally very small newspapers or local TV stations. Bob-Woodward/">Bob Woodward
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    Suppose Watergate had not been uncovered? I'd still be on the City Desk. Bob-Woodward/">Bob Woodward
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    The biggest rap on me is that I don't find a Watergate every couple of years. Well, Watergate was unique. It's not something Carl Bernstein, I, or the Washington Post caused. Bob-Woodward/">Bob Woodward
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    The cloud of doubt that surrounds political figures tends to remain and never dissipate or be clarified. Bob-Woodward/">Bob Woodward
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    The failure of the system to deal quickly was attributable to Nixon's lying, stonewalling and refusal to come clean. So it took 26 months for the final truth to be known. Bob-Woodward/">Bob Woodward
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    The number of illegal activities were so large that one was bound to come out and lead to the uncovering of the others. Nixon was too willing to use the power of government to settle scores and get even with enemies. Bob-Woodward/">Bob Woodward
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    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. Bob-Woodward/">Bob Woodward
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    There may yet be another Watergate book. I have thought a book about the aftermath of Watergate and its impact could be done, perhaps by me or someone else. Bob-Woodward/">Bob Woodward
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    There's hostility to lying, and there should be. Bob-Woodward/">Bob Woodward
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    Using these unnamed sources, if done properly, carefully and fairly, provides more accountability in government. Bob-Woodward/">Bob Woodward
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    Watergate is an immensely complicated scandal with a cast of characters as varied as a Tolstoy novel. Bob-Woodward/">Bob Woodward
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    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. Bob-Woodward/">Bob Woodward
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    Way before Watergate, senior administration officials hid behind anonymity. Bob-Woodward/">Bob Woodward
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    We need to police ourselves in the media. Bob-Woodward/">Bob Woodward
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    When you practice reporting for as long as I have, you keep yourself at a distance from True Believers. Either conservatives or liberals or Democrats or Republicans. Bob-Woodward/">Bob Woodward
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    When you see how the President makes political or policy decisions, you see who he is. The essence of the Presidency is decision-making. Bob-Woodward/">Bob Woodward