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


  2. 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.


  3. 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.


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




  5. 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.


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


  7. Deep Throat did serve the public interest by providing the guidance and information to us.


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


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


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


  11. 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.


  12. 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.


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


  14. 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.


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


  16. Way before Watergate, senior administration officials hid behind anonymity.


  17. 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.

    • attempts

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


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


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


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


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


  23. 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.


  24. 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.


  25. 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.


  26. 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.


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


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


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

    • associated

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




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What are the best watergate quotes by Bob Woodward?


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

    • involved

    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.


    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.


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


    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.

    • conspiracies

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

    • city

    Way before Watergate, senior administration officials hid behind anonymity.

    • administration

    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.


    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.


    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.


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

    • cast

    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.

    • aggressive

    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.


    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.


    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.


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

    • another

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

    • calls

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What are the best nixon quotes by 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.

    • attributable

    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.

    • admitted

    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.


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

    • attempts

    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.

    • carl

    It was accountability that Nixon feared.

    • accountability

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


    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.

    • aggressive

    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.

    • attempts

    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.

    • achievements

    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.

    • cover-up

    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.


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What are the best people quotes by 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.

    • enough

    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.

    • batting

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

    • figure

    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.


    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?


    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.


    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.


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

    • insider

    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.


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What are the best washington quotes by Bob Woodward?


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


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

    • deep

    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.

    • air

    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.

    • bernstein

    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.

    • air

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

    • insider

    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.

    • absolutely

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

    • agree

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What are the best information quotes by 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.

    • associated

    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.

    • carl

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

    • deep

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


    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.


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

    • associated

    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.

    • bit

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

    • calls

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

  • anyone

When you see how the President makes political or policy decisions, you see who he is. The essence of the Presidency is decision-making.


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

  • allowed

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.

  • bernstein



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.

  • burglars

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

  • deep

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.

  • deal

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

  • aggressively

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.

  • best

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

  • believe

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.

  • air

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.

  • believe

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.

  • aftermath

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.


It was accountability that Nixon feared.

  • accountability

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.

  • bit

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.

  • air

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


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


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.

  • carl

We need to police ourselves in the media.


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.

  • cover-up

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


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.

  • consistent

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.

  • branches

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.


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.

  • confused

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.

  • absolutely

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

  • american

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.

  • achievements

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.

  • activities

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


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


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?

  • anything

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.

  • air


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