Ben Bradlee

(Benjamin Crowninshield Bradlee)

Ben Bradlee
Ben Bradlee
  • Born: August 26, 1921
  • Died: October 21, 2014
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Newspaper Editor









Benjamin Crowninshield Bradlee was an American newspaperman. He was the executive editor of The Washington Post from 1968 to 1991. He became a national figure during the presidency of Richard Nixon, when he challenged the federal government over the right to publish the Pentagon Papers and oversaw the publication of Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein's stories documenting the Watergate scandal. At his death he held the title of vice president at-large of the Post.

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I give Cronkite a whole lot of credit.
I must be out of it, but I don't know any good journalists who have excused Clinton's problems.
I never believed that Nixon could fully resurrect himself. And the proof of that was in the obits.
I think he had a strange, passionate devotion to the truth and a horror at what he saw going on. Truth
If an investigative reporter finds out that someone has been robbing the store, that may be 'gotcha' journalism, but it's also good journalism.
It took us about a day and a half to find out what had gone wrong.
Maybe some of today's papers have too many 'feel-good' features, but there is a lot of good news out there.
Sure, some journalists use anonymous sources just because they're lazy and I think editors ought to insist on more precise identification even if they remain anonymous.
The biggest difference between Kennedy and Nixon, as far as the press is concerned, is simply this: Jack Kennedy really liked newspaper people and he really enjoyed sparring with journalists.
The champagne was flowing like the Potomac in flood.
The Nixon administration really put a lot of pressure on CBS not to run the second broadcast.
The really tough thing would have been to decide to take Woodward and Bernstein off the story. They were carrying the coal for us - in that their stories were right.
There have been as many investigative reporters on this newspaper working on Clinton's many problems as I can remember there were working on Watergate.
They cut about seven minutes from that broadcast, but it was still vital to the story's momentum.
We made only one real mistake. And even then we were right.
We were right about the slush fund. But Sloan did not testify about it to the Grand Jury.
You never monkey with the truth. Truth

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