Our intrepid parking-garage-dwelling brother at FishbowlDC engages in a little poetic justice, scooping Vanity Fair on its own Deep Throat story, recalling how VF’s late-May outing of Mark Felt scooped Woodward and Bernstein on their own high-profile secret. Except the scooped article is by Bernstein, which means that the guy just can’t catch a break.
Well, if it’s any consolation, Bernstein, it looks like it’s a fascinating article, filled with behind-the-scenes details about how the WaPo team of Woodward, Bernstein, Bradlee and Downie decided to address the confirmation process and lots of other nuggets, including a stinging indictment of the Bush administration’s treatment of the press (astute readers will recall our Daily Show roundup from the Woodstein episode where Bernstein took the floor and railed against the Bush League’s obfuscations and stymie-ing of the fourth estate (wow, I really don’t know how to spell that word. Stymiing? Stymying? Stymieing? Grammarians out there, help me!).
Upshot: Bernstein remains staunchly committed to anonymous sources; today’s press is under assault as never before; power in the three branches of government has led to an unprecedented era of spin over truth; and oh yeah Woodward and Bernstein are like brothers, dammit. I think in the photo above they look like Haydn Christenson and Benicio Del Toro. Agree? Disagree? In any case, save yourself the hefty VF cover price and hop on over to FishbowlDC for the story ahead of the story.
Woodstein: How it Felt [FishbowlDC]