2005/06/01

More on Deep Throat

This came in from today’s MSNBC First Read. I thought it sounded
interesting.

The Deep Throat bombshell doesn't just cost Washington its favorite parlor game. As NBC's Tom Brokaw has suggested, it serves as a reminder of the value of anonymous sources at a time when that longtime journalistic practice has come under criticism. It also gives the recently bruised mainstream media a lift by reminding them of one of the profession's more stunningly revelatory endeavors, in which the identity of a source was successfully protected for decades.

There are implications for Bush in both. First, the Deep Throat story utterly wiped from yesterday's news lead Bush's Rose Garden effort to regain control of the overall Washington story after suffering three defeats last week, on the filibuster compromise, the House stem-cell vote, and the Bolton cloture vote. Judging from his tone, he seems even more determined to go around Congress and appeal directly to the public for support for his top priorities like Social Security. MSNBC First Read>>

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