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Wednesday, June 01, 2005

No Hero


Thirty-five years ago the course of this entire country was irrevocably altered, and the face of journalism twisted, by a petty little man who had been passed over for promotion.

Even worse, his family encouraged him to reveal his identity only to cash in, although I can see why they feel they might as well grab some of the millions Woodward and Bernstein have raked in over the years.

"His motive for tipping off Woodward and Bernstein remains unknown, but the Post suggested in a story Tuesday night that anger over Nixon's decision to pass him over for FBI director after the death of J. Edgar Hoover could have been a factor.

"Felt had expressed reservations in the past about revealing his identity, and about whether his actions were appropriate for an FBI man, his grandson said. His family members thought otherwise. His daughter, Joan, argued that he could "make enough money to pay some bills, like the debt I've run up for the children's education."

No hero--merely a whiny functionary with thwarted ambitions who left us with a bloody legacy.

"If there is such a thing as kharma, if there is such a thing as justice in this life of the next, Mark Felt has bought himself the worst future of any man on this earth. And Bob Woodward is right behind him, with Ben Bradlee bringing up the rear." -- Ben Stein, The American Spectator .

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