Mark Felt Was Not "Deep Throat"

They wanted to make “All the President’s Men” a snappier read. There were several secret sources communicating with Bob Woodward. Robert Redford, the actor who played Woodward in the movie, had pitched a movie deal. This caused the book, “All the President’s Men,” to be written first, as presage to the movie. Like Hollywood created its own version of Abraham Lincoln in the new Steven Spielberg movie, so too a single “Deep Throat” – a composite – was created by Hollywood USA.

Said Hollywood USA: “Several secret sources for Woodward? Benny, baby, come on! We need something dramatic, like a guy in a trenchcoat in some underground garage! Do a re-write on that.”

Said Bob Woodward’s and Carl Bernstein’s former literary agent: “Mark Felt was an invaluable source… but he was not Deep Throat – there was no Deep Throat.”

In 1992, Robert McCandless, John Dean’s co-counsel and former brother-in-law, stated: “I was at least one-third of Deep Throat.”

Tottering over the grave, a feeble Mark Felt – a man who by the 2005 premiere of the newest fiction could not even speak for himself – was made into a puppet who was supposed to be “Deep Throat.”

They got a lawyer, John D. O’Connor, to be the mouthpiece for Mark Felt who could not speak for himself. Via ventriloquism, the lawyer said, “I’m the guy they used to call Deep Throat.”

Ever-cautious, Ben Bradlee was consulted on the claim. Bradlee and Woodward were both Yale graduates and both were in Naval Intelligence for an undetermined time. George Herbert Walker Bush, nicknamed “Poppy” Bush, was also a Yale alumnus as well as having Naval Intelligence background. So the Naval Intelligence Ben Bradlee verified the ventriloquism coming from the mouthpiece for Mark Felt, who was tottering over the grave. Bob Woodward of Naval Intelligence also confirmed the ventriloquism.

They had to do a “case closed” on Watergate just like Gerald Posner had done (or tried to do) a “case closed” on the John F. Kennedy assassination. Too many people were having second thoughts about Watergate. In 1984, Jim Hougan had written Secret Agenda. In 1991, Len Colodny and Robert Gettlin had written Silent Coup. The cat was getting out of the bag! And so, in a propaganda stunt, the supposed single identity of Deep Throat was suddenly “solved.” There you have it, “case closed.”

The first impression about Watergate had been that the heroic Washington Post and sycophant “news” fakers had saved the nation. “Sleep well tonight, Mr. and Mrs. America. The Watchdog Press stands guard.” But that myth was beginning to unravel. Too many trails were leading back to a non-descript grey man, the sort you wouldn’t notice: “Poppy” Bush.

(Acknowledgement to, Family of Secrets, by Russ Baker. New York: Bloomsbury Press, 2009)

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Editor of Conspiracy Nation, later renamed Melchizedek Communique. Close associate of the late Sherman H. Skolnick. Jack of all trades, master of none. Sagittarius, with Sagittarius rising. I'm not a bum, I'm a philosopher.
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