The legislator learns that when you talk a lot, you get in trouble. You have to listen a lot to make deals.
We're not going to have another Watergate in our lifetime. I'm sure.
It was accountability that Nixon feared.
The failure of the system to deal quickly was attributable to Nixon's lying, stonewalling and refusal to come clean. So it took 26 months for the final truth to be known.
The central dilemma in journalism is that you don't know what you don't know.
There are people who take rumors and embellish them in a way that can be devastating. And this pollution has to be eradicated by people in our business as best we can.
Clinton feels a profound alienation from the Washington culture here, and I happen to agree with him.
Nixon's grand mistake was his failure to understand that Americans are forgiving, and if he had admitted error early and apologized to the country, he would have escaped.
When you see how the President makes political or policy decisions, you see who he is. The essence of the Presidency is decision-making.
I believe Watergate shows that the system did work. Particularly the Judiciary and the Congress, and ultimately an independent prosecutor working in the Executive Branch.
When you hear in the tape recordings Nixon's own voice saying, We have to stonewall, We have to lie to the Grand Jury, We have to pay burglars a million dollars, it's all too clear the horror of what went on.
Deep Throat's information, and in my view, courage, allowed the newspaper to use what he knew and suspected.
The fact of the Watergate cover-up is not nearly as interesting as the step into making the cover-up. And when you understand the step, you understand that Richard Nixon lied. That he was a criminal.
I believe there's too little patience and context to many of the investigations I read or see on television.
Watergate provides a model case study of the interaction and powers of each of the branches of government. It also is a morality play with a sad and dramatic ending.
I'm not going to name some of my colleagues who are very well-known for their television presentation, but they wouldn't know new information or how to report a story if it came up and bit them.
I think journalism gets measured by the quality of information it presents, not the drama or the pyrotechnics associated with us.
Clinton... believes that the Washington Press Corps is so out of touch that it is absolutely inconceivable that reporters would understand the issues that people are really dealing with in their lives.
There's hostility to lying, and there should be.
Certain political figures think when you call them and ask them for a comment; that you are somehow doing something that you shouldn't be doing.
I deal with first-hand sources. And give the people, even John Sununu, the opportunity to respond to what I've been told by first-hand sources.
There is a garbage culture out there, where we pour garbage on people. Then the pollsters run around and take a poll and say, do you smell anything?
I gave my word that this source would not be identified unless he changed his mind. He has not.
The cloud of doubt that surrounds political figures tends to remain and never dissipate or be clarified.
Way before Watergate, senior administration officials hid behind anonymity.
I don't think there will ever be a permanent truce, but I believe the media needs to be more careful and be willing to count to 10 before rushing on the air or into print.
Deep Throat did serve the public interest by providing the guidance and information to us.
I have gone on the air and announced my telephone number at the Washington Post. I go into the night, talking to people, looking for things. The great dreaded thing every reporter lives with is what you don't know. The source you didn't go to. The phone call you didn't return.
It would seem that the Watergate story from beginning to end could be used as a primer on the American political system.
Any suggestion that I'm writing about political operatives because I'm interested in political operatives misses the entire point.
I have written things that Republicans and Democrats and all kinds of figures have either hated or felt very uncomfortable about. Because in doing these long projects and books, you get close to the bone. And they're not calling me up and asking me for dinner.
Using these unnamed sources, if done properly, carefully and fairly, provides more accountability in government.
I think people are smart enough to sort it out. They know when they're watching one of these food fight shows where journalists sit around and yell and scream at each other, versus serious issue reporting.
Watergate is an immensely complicated scandal with a cast of characters as varied as a Tolstoy novel.
Not a season passes without new disclosures showing Nixon's numerous attempts at criminal use of his presidential powers and in fact the scorn he held for the rule of law.
I think that everyone is kind of confused about the information they get from the media and rightly so. I'm confused about the information I get from the media.
People like to pigeonhole and say, Well, I'm a Washington insider, and you know, that's quite silly. What does that even mean?
When you practice reporting for as long as I have, you keep yourself at a distance from True Believers. Either conservatives or liberals or Democrats or Republicans.
If information is true, if it can be verified, and if it's really important, the newspaper needs to be willing to take the risk associated with using unidentified sources.
Some newspapers have a hands-off policy on favored politicians. But it's generally very small newspapers or local TV stations.
Nixon's attempts to order subversion of various departments was bound to come out in some form.
A reporter's ability to keep the bond of confidentiality often enables him to learn the hidden or secret aspects of government.
The number of illegal activities were so large that one was bound to come out and lead to the uncovering of the others. Nixon was too willing to use the power of government to settle scores and get even with enemies.
I suspect there have been a number of conspiracies that never were described or leaked out. But I suspect none of the magnitude and sweep of Watergate.
The biggest rap on me is that I don't find a Watergate every couple of years. Well, Watergate was unique. It's not something Carl Bernstein, I, or the Washington Post caused.
I have found people don't want to be told. That they can figure it out.
Lawyers didn't seriously get involved in the Watergate stories until quite late, when we realized we were on to something.
Suppose Watergate had not been uncovered? I'd still be on the City Desk.
Many people have their reputations as reporters and analysts because they are on television, batting around conventional wisdom. A lot of these people have never reported a story.
I don't think voters give a hoot about the character of their political advisors, except to the extent that character reflects on the candidates.
I don't think it's useful for somebody to argue with reviews.
I recently did the David Letterman Show about my book. He was very serious and made no jokes and it caught me off guard a little bit. He was much more serious than some of the joke shows that journalists get on.
The source known as Deep Throat provided a kind of road map through the scandal. His one consistent message was that the Watergate burglary was just the tip of the iceberg.
Deep Throat was a very unfortunate name given to the source by the managing editor of The Washington Post.
We need to police ourselves in the media.
The Washington Times wrote a story questioning the authenticity of some of the suggestions made about me in Silent Coup. But as a believer in the First Amendment, I believe they have more than a right to air their views.
I recently read some of the transcripts of Nixon's Watergate tapes, and they spent hours trying to figure out who was leaking and providing information to Carl and myself.
Because of Watergate in part, I am kind of a magnet for calls and information and suggestions.
If you interviewed 1,000 politicians and asked about whether the media's too soft or too hard, about 999 would say too hard.
Newspapers that are truly independent, like The Washington Post, can still aggressively investigate anyone or anything with no holds barred.
I give lectures for money, but all the money goes to charity. So, I make no money from it.
Nixon had some large achievements in foreign affairs. They will be remembered. But a president probably gets remembered for one thing, and Watergate will head the Nixon list, I suspect.
There may yet be another Watergate book. I have thought a book about the aftermath of Watergate and its impact could be done, perhaps by me or someone else.
Even now there is no evidence that anyone involved in the Nixon operation was going to threaten us.
After Nixon resigned in 1974, he engaged in a very aggressive war with history, attempting to wipe out the Watergate stain and memory. Happily, history won, largely because of Nixon's tapes.