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Many people have their reputations as reporters and
by Bob Woodward

Many people have their reputations as reporters and
analysts because they are on television,
batting around conventional wisdom.
A lot of these people have never reported a story.
- Bob Woodward

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 Woodward

I give lectures for money, but all the money goes to charity.
So, I make no money from it.
- Bob Woodward

Nixon's attempts to order subversion of various departments
was bound to come out in some form.
- Bob Woodward

 

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 Woodward

Way before Watergate, senior administration officials hid behind anonymity.
- Bob Woodward

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 Woodward

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It would seem that the Watergate story from beginning
to end could be used as a primer on the American political system.
- Bob Woodward

I have found people don't want to be told.
That they can figure it out.
- Bob Woodward

Any suggestion that I'm writing about political operatives
because I'm interested in political operatives misses the entire point.
- Bob Woodward

Deep Throat did serve the public interest by providing
the guidance and information to us.
- Bob Woodward

Certain political figures think when you call them
and ask them for a comment;
that you are somehow doing something that you shouldn't be doing.
- Bob Woodward

Deep Throat was a very unfortunate name given to the
source by the managing editor of The Washington Post.
- Bob Woodward

Using these unnamed sources, if done properly,
carefully and fairly, provides more accountability in government.
- Bob Woodward

It was accountability that Nixon feared.
- Bob Woodward

The legislator learns that when you talk a lot,
you get in trouble.
You have to listen a lot to make deals.
- Bob Woodward

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

There are people who take rumors and embellish them
in a way that can be devastating.
And this pollution has to be eradicated by people in
our business as best we can.
- Bob Woodward

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

I think that everyone is kind of confused about the
information they get from the media and rightly so.
I'm confused about the information I get from the media.
- Bob Woodward

There's hostility to lying, and there should be.
- Bob Woodward

I believe there's too little patience and context to
many of the investigations I read or see on television.
- Bob Woodward

We're not going to have another Watergate in our lifetime.
I'm sure.
- Bob Woodward

We need to police ourselves in the media.
- Bob Woodward

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 Woodward

Some newspapers have a hands-off policy on favored politicians.
But it's generally very small newspapers or local TV stations.
- Bob Woodward

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

A reporter's ability to keep the bond of confidentiality
often enables him to learn the hidden or secret aspects of government.
- Bob Woodward

There is a garbage culture out there,
where we pour garbage on people.
Then the pollsters run around and take a poll and say,
do you smell anything?
- Bob Woodward

Even now there is no evidence that anyone involved
in the Nixon operation was going to threaten us.
- Bob Woodward

I don't think it's useful for somebody to argue with reviews.
- Bob Woodward

Watergate is an immensely complicated scandal with
a cast of characters as varied as a Tolstoy novel.
- Bob Woodward

I recently read some of the transcripts of Nixon's Watergate tapes,
and they spent hours trying to figure out who was leaking
and providing information to Carl and myself.
- Bob Woodward

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

Because of Watergate in part, I am kind of a magnet
for calls and information and suggestions.
- Bob Woodward

Suppose Watergate had not been uncovered? I'd still be on the City Desk.
- Bob Woodward

If information is true, if it can be verified,
and if it's really important, the newspaper needs to
be willing to take the risk associated with using unidentified sources.
- Bob Woodward

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

I gave my word that this source would not be identified
unless he changed his mind.
He has not.
- Bob Woodward

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

Newspapers that are truly independent,
like The Washington Post, can still aggressively investigate
anyone or anything with no holds barred.
- Bob Woodward

I think journalism gets measured by the quality of information it presents,
not the drama or the pyrotechnics associated with us.
- Bob Woodward

If you interviewed 1,000 politicians and asked about
whether the media's too soft or too hard,
about 999 would say too hard.
- Bob Woodward

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

The central dilemma in journalism is that you don't
know what you don't know.
- Bob Woodward

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 Woodward

The cloud of doubt that surrounds political figures
tends to remain and never dissipate or be clarified.
- Bob Woodward

People like to pigeonhole and say, Well,
I'm a Washington insider, and you know,
that's quite silly.
What does that even mean?
- Bob Woodward

Clinton feels a profound alienation from the Washington culture here,
and I happen to agree with him.
- Bob Woodward

Lawyers didn't seriously get involved in the Watergate
stories until quite late,
when we realized we were on to something.
- Bob Woodward

Deep Throat's information, and in my view,
courage, allowed the newspaper to use what he knew and suspected.
- Bob Woodward

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

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

The fact of the Watergate cover-up is not nearly as
interesting as the step into making the cover-up.
And when you understand the step, you understand that Richard Nixon lied.
That he was a criminal.
- Bob Woodward

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 Woodward

When you hear in the tape recordings Nixon's own voice saying,
We have to stonewall, We have to lie to the Grand Jury,
We have to pay burglars a million dollars,
it's all too clear the horror of what went on.
- Bob Woodward

After Nixon resigned in 1974, he engaged in a very
aggressive war with history,
attempting to wipe out the Watergate stain and memory.
Happily, history won, largely because of Nixon's tapes.
- Bob Woodward

Nixon had some large achievements in foreign affairs.
They will be remembered.
But a president probably gets remembered for one thing,
and Watergate will head the Nixon list,
I suspect.
- Bob Woodward

Clinton...
believes that the Washington Press Corps is so out
of touch that it is absolutely inconceivable that reporters
would understand the issues that people are really
dealing with in their lives.
- Bob Woodward

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 Woodward

I recently did the David Letterman Show about my book.
He was very serious and made no jokes and it caught
me off guard a little bit.
He was much more serious than some of the joke shows that journalists get on.
- Bob Woodward

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

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

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 Woodward

The Washington Times wrote a story questioning the
authenticity of some of the suggestions made about me in Silent Coup.
But as a believer in the First Amendment,
I believe they have more than a right to air their views.
- Bob Woodward

CALM IN CHAOS
In the midst of the flurry - clarity.
In the midst of the storm - calm.
In the midst of divided interests - certainty.
In the many roads - a certain choice.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Truth is not defined by
how many people believe something.
Ask. Question. Think.
Decide - for yourself.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Life is defined more by its contrasts than its samenesses;
Life is defined more by its risks than the many securities.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

The only good luck many great men ever had was
being born with the ability and determination to overcome bad luck.
- Channing Pollock

As every divided kingdom falls,
so every mind divided between
many studies confounds and saps itself.
- Leonardo da Vinci

There are as many pillows of illusion
as flakes in a snow-storm.
We wake from one dream into another dream.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson


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