NBC Evening News for Tuesday, May 31, 2005
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(Studio: Brian Williams) The identification of former FBI number-two man W. Mark Felt as “Deep Throat,” who helped bring down President Richard Nixon, reported.
(Washington: Andrea Mitchell) Felt’s stunning revelation to “Vanity Fair” magazine featured; scenes shown of Felt; excerpt shown from “All the President’s Men,” which chronicles “Washington Post” reporters Bob Woodward’s & Carl Bernstein’s unraveling of the Watergate cover-up with information provided by Felt; details given of Felt’s disappointment over Nixon’s appointment of an outsider to head the FBI. [Felt’s grandson Nick JONES- says Felt is a hero.] [“Vanity Fair” writer John O’CONNOR- notes Felt’s family’s role in his decision.] [Felt’s daughter Joan FELT- says we’re proud of him.] [Former Nixon speechwriter Pat BUCHANAN- says Deep Throat is a snake.]
(Studio: Brian Williams) Report introduced.
(Washington: Bob Faw) The significance of Deep Throat’s role in history examined; details given of others thought to have been the “Post”’s source. [Former Nixon aide John DEAN – notes there is no evidence Felt is Deep Throat.] [Former White House communications director Herb KLEIN- speculates on Deep Throat’s motives.] [Historian Robert DALLEK- says Deep Throat put them on the trail of the truth.]
(Studio: Brian Williams) Reaction to the news of Deep Throat’s identity featured. [Former Nixon speechwriter David GERGEN, Nixon re-election campaign counsel G. Gordon LIDDY, Joan FELT, O’CONNOR, former Nixon counsel Chuck COLSON, former NBC News anchor Tom BROKAW - offer views.]
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