You know once when I was reporting, Lyndon Johnson’s top guy gave me the word; they’re looking for a successor to J. Edgar Hoover. I wrote it and the day that it appeared, Johnson held a press conference and appointed Hoover the head of the FBI for life. When he was done, turned to his top guy and the President said call Ben Bradlee and tell him, “Fuck you.” Now everyone said you did it Ben, you screwed up, you stuck us with Hoover forever. I screwed up, but I wasn’t wrong. … How much can you tell me about Deep Throat? … You trust him? … I can’t do the reporting for my reporters which means I have to trust them and I hate trusting anybody. … Run that baby.
All the President’s Men, Ben Bradlee