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"Your reflections on [Bernstein's] remark to Matt [Lauer] on the Today show are somewhat misleading. First of all, Mark Felt's contributions to the Post's stories was 90% confirmation and 10% contribution (later to be confirmed by other sources). As such, Bradlee didn't really care about this guy's motivation (although, take your pick: felony violations, conspiracy, obstruction, etc.); what Bradlee cared about was that the guy got it right! And he did on almost 400 stories.
Also, it was Woodward, not Bernstein, who met with Felt. In 'All the President's Men,' Woodward shows a man disgusted with the people in his office and their incredible disregard for the law and due process--no other insight was given by Felt at the time which would shed light on his motives."
"Very interesting publication. Can't help feeling that Mark Felt's devotion to J. Edgar Hoover was misplaced. Whatever loyalty Hoover had toward the United States, it wasn't toward liberty and justice.
Nixon, however, according to President Eisenhower, was a suspect politician. We don't quite know why.
But it would seem that Nixon was more loyal to the people of America than was Hoover. No doubt his mandate vs. McGovern, his dialog with China, and his distaste for the Vietnam War didn't sit well with Hoover's FBI and Mark Felt.
Thus, the reasons for Felt's disloyalty was not just because of Nixon's intelligent choice for FBI director. Too bad 'Tricky Dicky' didn't have the mental capacity to cope with The Washington Post. We might have avoided a severe setback in U.S. influence in the world."
--J.D. Kinney, CEO, Dev. Kinney/MediaGraphics Inc.
"Your Deep Throat piece is fine. Once the fire gets into your belly, you can write with gusto about anything that catches your eye. Keep it up."