A Thousand Throats
The latest cover story of Newsweek provides an honest look at the one of the biggest coups in journalism. The newsweekly -- a property of the same company that owns The Washington Post -- concludes that the Watergate investigation was less about journalistic heroics than a struggle for power (at a time when the fifth estate was poised well enough to wage a meaningful assault on government). It also provides a less-than heroic portrayal of Mark Felt, the subject of much opinion in this hyper-editorializing age. This dressing down comes at an interesting time, we think. The Internet has been particularly unkind to anonymous news sources, and it is doubtful that a Deep Throat today could survive the throngs of inquisitive bloggers. What will happen to the anonymous, now that their most famous brother has outed himself?