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    Overheard on the Web, and other Web links
    From The Herald's Research Editor


    Wednesday, June 01, 2005

    Followup on Felt/Throat 

    This is something I've been thinking for a long time: If Watergate were happening today... by media analyst Michael Gartenberg:
      "If Watergate we happening today, the Nixon tapes would be MP3's and downloaded as podcasts. Deep Throat would have used email and of course Woodward and Bernstein would be be bloggers."

    I suggested as much in a column I wrote for The Herald last summer for the 30th anniversary of Nixon's resignation. The column attracted some attention on the journalism forum Romenesko where it was argued. I commented on the discussion on my other blog. (Of course a month or so later the question of whether bloggers could break news changed with the Dan Rather/Bush military records revelations by bloggers. Several more examples have occurred since.)

    Blogger Bob Stepno has gathered lots of links to coverage of 'Throat'. Included, the Hartford Courant has made available the original 1999 story about the Florida college student who reported Felt was 'Throat'.

    The Post's Joel Achenbach is still thinking about this and has the best comments on this whole story and on the 30 years of trust between Felt and Bob Woodward.

    posted by liz at 11:23 AM
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    Elisabeth Donovan


    Elisabeth (Liz) Donovan was a Herald librarian for 10 years, and Research Editor for 13 years. She came to The Herald in 1981, following several years at the Washington Post. She started blogging in 2000, with a news research blog, followed by the blog at Herald.com in 2003. A frequent speaker and writer on news research, she was honored in 2004 by the News Division of the Special Libraries Association for her contributions to the field.


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