Inside the Archives of Ben Bradlee
Author Jeff Himmelman on his new book, “Yours in Truth”.
- Duration 5:53
- Date May 22, 2012
Author Jeff Himmelman on his new book, “Yours in Truth”.
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Now we're talker weren't so just a moment.
As Berlusconi -- some truth personal portrait but Ben -- there's been some.
Controversy strong -- and how -- and whatever but all war one when memory regions.
All I'm justice is -- of course where we come away.
Think in -- Ben Bradlee as we do now -- robards.
Yes well he at there there is nothing in this but that diminishes that what it does is humanize it.
So what will you get a sense of is -- really was this -- editor and he spent time in his files which I did -- spent four years of my life there.
He's remarkably consistent from 1971 until the -- he retired in 1991 he has a very clear set of principles and people stabilize that relevant.
Today you know print journalism -- in -- and all the stuff.
I think in a lot of ways the band's career really ended in 1991 some of what he lived by.
It's incredibly relevant to people today journalists not just print media but online media all those people interest atoning you know for people to learn from so a quick example.
Right early after came to the post there was always this that the they're in there has always been this sort of debate.
Objective can you be objective in your newspaper coverage can you be objective.
And he just rejected that -- -- construct any said don't think of objectivity think of fairness.
And I think that's a very.
Broadly applicable an important way of thinking about some of these things you can express judgments while still being fair.
You know all on -- -- I'm -- well -- Director of recorded conversation.
As -- -- Ingraham -- -- -- in fact are resolved part -- only person ever ask her.
She did -- central relatives.
At a college -- this -- Christian.
I -- -- -- aborted or do remember she said -- but such a classy response.
Home stellar job and grammar your listeners and are good at it -- I -- I don't know remember what she said Malia.
Vaguely -- -- they were in London.
And he leftist lie under apartment or some more one on oh yeah -- -- Classes on -- ass and actually but does show a lot of dust off big time got some men -- -- and -- the same kind.
Absolutely and I talk about that so that the main.
Area were that was the term was the Pentagon papers down and that comes near the top of the historical narrative in the book because husband Tom Reynolds does and it was so formative for for the post wasn't for -- -- -- weren't so they're literally there's a moment.
At the end of the day the lawyers -- given their arguments and has given his arguments Kaye has heard all the arguments she's having a party at her house.
And bands are at his house with the team and their on the phone line and it got to decide are we -- -- -- -- knocking.
And then made its pitch -- K on the other and finally -- -- in Alaska.
And in that moment when the post decided to go despite the fact the times are even in July -- that was really when the post that achieved the successes of Watergate was point.
And it was born because.
Ben had the balls push -- moment and K had the balls to tip to push to and so it that it be in the post -- -- -- seen has -- being the brave one K kind of coming along pursuant to keep up.
And I think.
In the book I kind of prove or not proven at least assert that became the other way to now -- I -- I never thought on yeah our thoughts you have.
Grant courage she did an area and it what's actually met her she grew into -- Ben Ben was always this kind of fought hard charging so -- journalist type.
-- -- -- -- The tone Brendan.
Believes what murder one know.
We're resign now so and that's really thinks it's gotten blown way out of -- -- -- so.
In 1990 -- was doing an interview with and a woman -- is helping him with his memoir and they're talking about deep throat of Watergate all this.
And at a certain point he says you know you can't hold me to the movie version of Wallace.
He said you know so was at one meeting and garage or fifteen meetings in the her eyes -- I don't really know and yet but at the very end he said there's a residual fear in my soul.
But that isn't quite straight.
So I'm reading through this in 2009.
Out of her comment at a fair comments I think -- well let's see what this means.
-- ticket Japan and and then said you know if -- asked me DD embellish I would say no but he did nothing to play down the drama.
Right into the -- -- -- -- a very long conversation.
And then in the wake of that conversation became very clear that Bob really did not like that common and didn't want -- And so some of the -- falafel in DC has been about the fact I used it despite the fact -- development margin but to me that wasn't really a choice.
My former mentor saying don't use something.
-- -- -- just not use it because he asked me to that's not really journalism anymore that's that's something else.
Of course it is coming your surgeon -- -- from me about.
At some point -- gonna demand -- doctor.
If they hammer seller clamps -- money management yet and that there's been some outreach but it just has it's just last week on a settlement -- outreach.
Text of hello enough to help a little more evident than that but it but I I just I had wanted to let the dust settle a little -- -- Right aren't here -- nonsense you know -- accident on.
Although some slight I'm proud to course -- because I album gonna all of accomplish their lives in the public high profile -- ordering it and is one of my favorite people just to I didn't -- -- But it moderated implying that I thought different about himself I don't know I don't know well what I know it back -- Think one of the key points -- drive home about the book I think one of the things that's been talked about the wrong way is that somehow you would come away disillusioned about -- -- -- there's not a chance.
In hell that you could read this book and come away thinking that he is anybody other than the youth I was there aren't a lot of drivel and he and deservedly so and that this is this is the story of that country to -- her.
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