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Many observers will give Vanity Fair the nod for definitively breaking the Deep Throat story and let's give credit where credit is due. They seem to have nailed it -- although for some reason, the piece was initially published not as an actual Web page but as a PDF.

We note that it is the Post's policy to confirm stories and that confirmation came shortly after 5 p.m. from Bob Woodward, Carl Bernstein and Ben Bradlee in a Washington Post report by William Branigin and David Von Drehle.

Earlier visitors to the Post's Web site had to make do with wire reports and Joel Achenbach's typically on target commentary. "We made a huge fetish about Deep Throat for one reason: We didn't know his name," blogged Achenbach. "The most interesting thing about him was his anonymity..."

-- Hal Straus

By washingtonpost.com |  May 31, 2005; 5:58 PM ET  | Category:  Washington Post
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I think it is disingenuous of the Washington Post to say that you "confirm stories" to explain why the Wash Post didn't have any stories about Deep Throat until much later than most other news websites. You could have at least posted a short note about the speculation, or at the bare minimum posted the wire news earlier. If every other site was talking about the story, then the story is important, even if it hadn't been confirmed. MSNBC was repeatedly showing a statement by Carl Bernstein, could the Post not get that statement either?

Posted by: Susan | June 1, 2005 12:32 PM

Oh, so a PDF scoop isn't a scoop?

nice use of irony with regard to Joel Aschenbach's blinding insight into the obvious.

Posted by: Fred Z | June 1, 2005 02:35 PM

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