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Watergate / "Deep Throat" Revelation / O’Connor Interview #791600

CBS Evening News for Tuesday, May 31, 2005
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(Studio: John Roberts) Report introduced.

(Washington: Wyatt Andrews) The revelation in “Vanity Fair” magazine that former FBI number-two man W. Mark Felt is the mysterious “Deep Throat” who helped bring down President Richard Nixon featured; scenes shown of Felt; details given of how Felt helped “Washington Post” reporters Bob Woodward & Carl Bernstein connect the break-in at the Democratic headquarters at the Watergate complex to the administration; excerpt shown from “All the President’s Men.” [Felt’s grandson Nick JONES†, daughter Joan FELT††– express pride.] [From “Face the Nation” in 1976, FELT – denies he is Deep Throat.] [“Vanity Fair” writer John O’CONNOR†- says Felt was trying to stop a criminal investigation from being obstructed.]

(Studio: John Roberts) Report introduced.

(Studio: Jim Axelrod) Felt’s role & motives in the Watergate scandal explored. [Former Nixon counsel Chuck COLSON†, former CBS anchor Dan RATHER – offer views on Felt.] [Former Nixon speechwriter David GERGEN†- says it’s still a mystery why he did it.]

(Studio: John Roberts) Taped interview held with O’Connor about Felt’s decision to come forward. [O’CONNOR – describes Felt’s family’s influence on his decision; says Felt was conflicted about his role; states this is the first instance of whistle-blowing that really had an impact; says Felt was protecting the FBI & justice.]

Roberts, John;
Andrews, Wyatt;
Axelrod, Jim

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