Deepthroat this, Felt tells Woodward

Moby Lives summarizes the book-related concerns at the center of W. Mark Felt’s decision to out himself as Deep Throat:

It appears that, after over thirty years of silence, W. Mark Felt finally revealed himself as Deep Throat because he was angry at Bob Woodward for cutting him out of a book deal. Details emerging in some reports seem to confirm the scenario, which would also explain why the story broke in a Vanity Fair story and not in The Washington Post (an aspect of the story that was emphasized repeatedly in yesterday’s New York Times reports, such as its main news report by Todd S. Purdum). As Katharine Q. Seelye reported in a New York Times sidebar on the story yesterday, “Mr. Felt’s family wanted to collaborate with Mr. Woodward on an article, wondering at one point why Mr. Woodward should ‘get all the glory’ for what they saw as their father’s courage.” Seelye also notes that “it was known in New York publishing circles that Mr. Woodward, a prolific author, was planning to write his own book about Deep Throat.” This was confirmed in another report in today’s New York Times, which cites an anonymous source at Simon & Schuster, Woodward’s publisher, saying Woodward does have a book deal in the works. Meanwhile, the Times also reports the frustrated Felt family finally pursued their own book deal, and “took the project to ReganBooks, an imprint of HarperCollins. But Judith Regan, president and publisher of ReganBooks, said Wednesday that a possible book had collapsed because of serious concerns that Mr. Felt was no longer of sound mind. ” A Washington Post report by Howard Kurtz, meanwhile, admits that Woodward had indeed talked to the family about a possible joint project but does not explain why it did not come to pass — except for a comment by former Post editor Ben Bradlee, who proves himself less tactful than Judith Regan by saying of the elderly Felt, “the guy has not got all his marbles.”

Meanwhile, a 1979 book written by Felt and allegedly autographed by him is selling for $1800+ in an ebay auction that runs through June 7. In the book, Felt evidently denies being Deep Throat.

Finally, the Antigeist alleges that:

for some, although they won’t admit it, the thrill [of the Deep Throat revelations] is not entirely about learning the answer to one of the more compelling mysteries of our time. They just like being able to say “deep throat.” With a straight face. Like at work and stuff.


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